When Colts owner Jim Irsay was 1st caught driving (and later convicted) of driving under the influence back in March of this year, NFL players took notice as interest in how hard-nosed, dictator/commissioner Rodger Goodell would deal with Irsay's case mounted. Reason being in the history of how Goodell has consistantly moved swiftly in dealing out punishment towards players in the past. Enter Levon Brazill. Brazill, fresh off of yet another failed drug test (his second) has already been suspended for the year without pay in the same month of his failed drug test while Irsay has yet to hear a peep from the commisioner even though he's had his liscense suspended for over a month now. You won't have to go far to see the double standard that exists with Colts fans either. Already singing the praises of "Griff Whalen," their attitude towards Brazill after this latest incident has been one common theme: "Bye bye Brazill." Yet their attitude towards Irsay has been one of overwelming sympathy. While Brazill is labeled a "dumb pot-head who threw away his career," Irsay is looked upon as one who is "struggling with an addiction." "Poor Mr Irsay. He needs help."
The million dollar question is: "What's the difference between Irsay's problem and Brazill's? It's displays of judgment like this that make a lot of so called "Colts fans" look ignorant whenever they try to dispute the fact that many of them are indeed in denial with their obvious double standard whenever certain people in the lime light get into a scandal. Irsay was called a "family member" by coach Pagano and GM Ryan Grigson. As a Colts fan I'm wondering if they feel the same way about Brazill. I'm wondering if they will reach out to him and try to help and support him the same way they have Irsay. A lot of fans have already shown where they stand with this and quite frankly, many of them should be ashamed of themselves. One of the biggest things a lot of sports lovers conveniently forget is the fact that the athletes they root for also have lives too. Regardless of how much money they make, athletes are still "human beings." The difference between them and us is not in how much money they make. The difference is that the skeletons in your closet aren't out on display for the world to see.