NFLPA president DeMaurice Smith claims that a double-standard exists between the owners and players in the conduct policy. Jim Irsay was arrested for driving under the influence. Prescription pills were found in the vehicle; Irsay‘s speech was “very slow and slurred”. Irsay has not been formerly charged and the NFL has decided to wait until all the evidence is gathered.
After former commissioner Paul Tagliabue reversal of suspensions of four former New Orleans Saints players, Roger Goodell slowed down on disciplining. The double standard the NFLPA claims is confirmed by league spokesman Greg Asielo:
“Yes, it’s a double standard that holds ownership and management to a higher standard. That’s something that Roger has said repeatedly.”