Last month on June 11th, Colts owner Jim Irsay spoke for the 1st time since his DUI arrest in a candid interview with Bob Kravitz in which he publicly tried to explain how difficult it is dealing with an addiction. Irsay came from an angle that sounded much like a plea for forgiveness and understanding from you the fans. After reading that article one would think that of all the people out there who would be able to understand what Lavon Brazill was going through, Irsay would be the one to do it. That said, the recent release of Brazill should seem strange. I came across an article on Yahoo Sports by Frank Schwab that illustrates beautifully the hypocrisy taking place within the subject by fans (Especially Colts fans) and media that I, as well as many others have pointed out. One of the things I mentioned in my previous post is how a lot of Colts fans have been bending over backwards to make excuses for Irsay while throwing Brazill under the bus, siting references to Irsay's addiction to pain killers as the reason behind his troubles yet all the while ignoring his addiction to alcohol (or at least making the excuse that his addiction to pain killers led to him drinking). But in Brazill's case, you will hear everything from: "He's not a star player and Irsay is an owner" to: "He knew what he was doing before he did it and deserves to be cut."
It amazes me how so many so called "fans" seem to think they're all of the sudden not only Drs, but also the poster children for all things "morally just." You people are pathetic. FYI Lavon Brazill and Jim Irsay are BOTH humans 1st and foremost. Brazill is just as much a human being as Irsay is. That means that Irsay shouldn't in any way, shape, or form be given a free pass because he happens to be an owner. Nor should Brazill be treated any less due to the fact he's not. Having more money than someone else doesn't mean you are more of a person than those who don't have your dollars. Regardless of how much money you make we all came into this world the same way. Your dollars didn't have a damn thing to do with it either. Never have and never will. That means we all are entitled to the same level of respect as anyone else. The fact that Brazill was cut not only shows the hypocrisy between owners and players in how the NFL deals with each, but it also paints an ugly shadow over Irsay as a man who due to his own struggles with drugs should know all too well what kind of battle Brazill is going through.
The notion that "Players are the face of NFL franchises, and owners are not" is ridiculous and miss-guided. If the president of the US was convicted of rape, does he not go to jail for the crime? Those of you who are part of the "moral police" out there and keep harping on "smoking pot being against NFL rules" have to acknowledge that driving under the influence is also (against the law) and therefore against the NFL's code of conduct policy as well. NFLPA president Eric Winston is right in saying "NFL owners should be held to a higher standard." Yet even though Winston essentially said the exact same thing Steelers Safety Ryan Clark did, for some reason Clark's words elicited a different reaction from NFL fans and media (I wonder why). Again, the notion of a double standard in the NFL isn't coming from only the little people like me. It's coming from players and Union personal on the inside who are a lot closer to the truth of what goes on in the NFL than any of you will ever be. The bottom line in all of this is the fact that no one should be above reproach when it comes to violating the NFL's substance abuse policies because it doesn't matter whether you are an owner or a player, both titles represent the integrity of the league. Especially since Goodell has been consistently biased when dealing out punishment between owners and players. How Jim Irsay got his struggles with alcohol don't matter when it comes to getting behind the wheel. He knew it was wrong before he picked up the keys just as much as you say "Brazill knew what he was doing" before he tested positive for pot. BTW Irsay has also said "I'm done with drinking" before. However small facts like these seem to be easily forgotten or dismissed..