SHOULD PRO SPORTS EXECS BE HELD TO A HIGHER STANDARD?
Should professional sports executives be held to the same standard or a higher standard when it comes to substance abuse in their respective leagues? This question comes to mind this week after Colts owner, Jim Irsay was pulled over for suspicion of DUI. During the traffic stop, Irsay was found to be in possession of prescription drugs that were not prescribed to him. He was charged with 4 felony counts which would leave you to believe that he had 4 different drugs. The police and the Colts are remaining “hush-hush” on the types of drugs found.
This brings us to the above question on accountability and standards. NFL players usually face a 4 game suspension for violating the Leagues substance abuse policy and have to enroll in substance abuse counseling. Players are heavily monitored for the remainder of the season. Also, these players are hit with heavy fines by the league and their respective teams. Should League executives, such as Irsay, be held to a higher standard and should they be punished by the league in a more severe way? Some analysts and other NFL executives are calling for drug treatment and an indefinite suspension for Jim Irsay. As of Wednesday morning Irsay had checked himself into a “medical” facility which spells out DETOX under medical supervision. We will have to wait and see if he checks into rehab after that. We will also have to wait and see about his punishment from the NFL.