NFL Player Calls Out Commissioner For Hypocrisy

Cites inconsistent disciplinary practices for players, owners

NFL player Ryan Clark blasted Commissioner Roger Goodel for what Clark called Goodel's hypocritical handling of a discipline issue concerning an NFL owner. 

On an appearance on ESPN's First Take, Clark noted that Goodell suspended Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisburger for a violation of the league's personal conduct policy despite the absence of charges amid allegations of sexual assault with a 20 year old college student. That disciplinary action stands in contrast with Goodel's actions towards Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, who, as Clark noted, was "found in a car with over $29K and prescription drugs that weren't in his name, pulled over for driving under the influence."

But Goodell, when asked about the Irsay situation earlier this week, noted that "There have been no charges. So the answer is, until we have more information or more facts, we will let it play out."

The discrepancy in discipline towards a player versus an owner fueled Clark's critique:

Right now, if Jim Irsay is going to represent this league, represent the Indianapolis Colts, going to be on TV at the owners meetings, trying to bring a Super Bowl to Indianapolis after what he's done? It shows the hypocrisy of the NFL and also Roger Goodell in the way that he deals with players and the way he deals for the people he works for