Ryan Clark hits out at "hypocrite" commissioner Roger Goodell

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at the podium in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2013
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Washington Redskins safety Ryan Clark thinks that the way Roger Goodell handles NFL owners and players differently "shows the hypocrisy" of the league.

Washington Redskins safety Ryan Clark has labelled NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a hypocrite after his failure to act against Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.

Irsay was arrested for allegedly operating a vehicle while intoxicated back on March 16.

He had $29,000 (£17,160) in cash and bottles of prescription drugs in his vehicle at the time of the arrest, and he now faces four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance.

When questioned on the incident this week, Goodell told reporters: "There have been no charges. So the answer is, until we have more information or more facts, we will let it play out."

However, Clark has hit out at Goodell's explanation, stating that the NFL chief favours team owners over players.

Clark told ESPN: "Right now, 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."

Clark has taken offence to Goodell's quotes after the way the commissioner handled the case of his former Pittsburgh Steelers teammate Ben Roethlisberger back in 2010.

Despite not being charged with a crime, Goodell suspended Roethlisberger after he was arrested in an incident involving a 20-year-old college student who accused him of sexually assaulting her.

His initial six-game ban for violating the league's personal conduct policy was eventually reduced to four.

"When has having enough information been what Roger Goodell waits for to make these decisions? When does a charge necessarily warrant the penalty? We've seen in so many cases, Roger Goodell be judge and jury when it comes to players.

"With Irsay, what more information do we need than these aren't your prescription pills? You're obviously under the influence. You have $29k on you. There would be no questions asked if this was a player."

Irsay declined to speak about the arrest when he attended the NFL owners meetings in Atlanta on Monday.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at the podium in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2013
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