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Colts Owner Jim Irsay Likely Subject To League Discipline After Being Arrested For DUI
Published March 17, 2014
EFFECT ON COLTS? ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said, “Clearly, the man has an issue. He probably needs some help, whether it is alcohol, prescription drugs or whatever the case may be.” Smith: “Let’s not act like this is going to have an effect on the football team. Mr. Irsay does not play." Smith added that fans are "not going to refrain from watching football games because the owner’s got a problem.” ESPN’s Skip Bayless said, “I could see, long-term, this could be a positive effect on the franchise because maybe Jim could get his life in better order.” Bayless: “In attempting to be the next George Steinbrenner, he was more of a distraction than a help to that franchise” (“First Take,” ESPN, 3/17).
COVERING THE COVERAGE: NFL Network did not make mention of the arrest during the 6:00-10:00am ET airing of "NFL AM." The net did make a brief mention of the arrest during the show's re-air at 11:00am (THE DAILY). NFL Media Group VP/Communications Alex Riethmiller said of the limited coverage this morning, "The policy is when it comes to legal matters or specifically arrests is we don't report things off of secondhand news." Riethmiller noted the first report on Irsay's arrest broke only around 8:00am ET and that was a brief paragraph from the AP, but was followed by a more extensive report about an hour later. Riethmiller: "We could then take that story and do our own independent reporting." Riethmiller added, "We need to independently source that through the police." He said there was "no delay" due to this being a high-profile owner nor any attempt to "bury it or anything like that." Riethmiller: "We're strictly trying to make sure that we had everything buttoned-up before we did our own reporting on it" (THE DAILY).