Jim Irsay says there is 'merit' to removing Daniel Synder as owner of Commanders

By , Audacy Sports

Indianapolis Colts' owner Jim Irsay not only suggested Tuesday that there's cause to remove Daniel Snyder as the owner of the Washington Commanders, but said there may be the votes to do so.

"I believe there is merit to removing him as owner," Irsay said Monday at the owners' meetings, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

To remove Snyder as the franchise's owner, 24 of the other 31 owners would need to vote in favor of doing so. Does Irsay think there are enough owners who share his sentiments?

"I think potentially there will be."

In a damning deep dive done by ESPN's Don Van Natta, Seth Wickersham and Tisha Thompson, Synder is alleged to have said "they can't f--- with me" in regards to the other owners.

The insinuation is that Snyder knows enough about how the sausage is made that he doesn't believe enough owners will be willing to vote to remove him. And if they do, he believes he can "blow up" some other owners and commissioner Roger Goodell.

While there do seem to be some in power who fear that firing a shot at Snyder would lead to mutually-assured destruction, Irsay evidently isn't one of them. Irsay did serve a six-game suspension after pleading guilty to a DUI in 2014, that also came with a $500,000 fine. However, his family has owned the Colts franchise since 1972, and under his watch, they've been one of the more successful teams in the sport. There's no reason to believe that he has the type of skeletons in his closet that multiple investigations suggest Snyder could.

Whether there are 23 other owners who can say the same thing remains unclear. Dallas Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday that there weren't plans to discuss the ESPN report on Snyder. One would think a vote won't take place unless the powers that be believe there are enough owners willing to vote Snyder out.

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