Goodell said Irsay took an important step by entering a
health-car facility to seek help, but said the team owner
remains subject to possible NFL punishment.
"We obviously will want to understand the facts before we take
any steps as it relates to any potential discipline," Goodell
told reporters on Monday at the NFL owners meeting in Orlando,
"Obviously, any policies or any laws that are broken, whether
you're commissioner or owner or player or coach, those are
subject to discipline."
Police in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel stopped Irsay on
March 16 after he was spotted driving slowly, coming to a stop
in the roadway and failing to use a turn signal.
Irsay, 54, failed several roadside field sobriety tests before
he was arrested, according to authorities. Police also say they
found multiple prescription drugs in his vehicle.
In other business, Goodell said health and safety initiatives
enacted by the rules committee were having a positive effect.
Goodell said the Competition Committee reported to the owners
that fines for hits on defenseless receivers dropped 37.5
percent to 25 in 2013 compared to 40 in 2012.
The committee also found concussion rates for wide receivers and
defensive backs decreased last year and ACL injuries for wide
receivers and tight ends had not increased, a worry expressed by
some players fearing that knee injuries could increase when
players were punished for head-to-head contact.
Goodell also discussed the Miami Dolphins locker room
investigation, saying there would be no discipline until the
three players implicated for causing mental distress to
offensive lineman Jonathan Martin and others — Richie Incognito,
John Jerry and Mike Pouncey — received a medical evaluation.
"The first phase for us is to get the evaluations and determine
what the treatment is," Goodell said. "Depending on what the
doctors prescribe, it could prevent them from being a part of
football for some period of time."
Goodell also said league officials will meet with
representatives of the NFL Players Association on April 8 to
discuss ways to make locker rooms a safer workplace.
(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York;
editing by Frank Pingue)
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