Whatever Roger Goodell does to Jim Irsay – a fine and suspension seem like the minimum punitive actions at this point – the NFL commissioner must also protect the franchise and the franchise's fans.

And that means requiring Irsay to undergo random drug testing as a prerequisite to maintaining control of the Indianapolis Colts.

The bottom line is this: If Irsay remains in the throes of drug addiction, it's not fair to the franchise or its fans to have him in charge of the club, which is, after all, a billion dollar asset.

While it's understood that a football team is a private business first and foremost (as Baltimore fans found out in 1983), it's also a quasi-public enterprise. Every dollar Irsay has made over the years has come directly or indirectly from the fans who support his team or who helped him build Lucas Oil Stadium.

As taxpayers, as fans, we have the right to know that the person who is running the show is in his right mind – not some of the time, as has been the case during Irsay's tenure, but all the time.

I am not a fan of drug testing for street drugs unless it involves people in safety-sensitive positions. But Irsay is in complete charge of a public trust, and those whose dollars have helped enrich him have the right to know that he's handling their team, and their dollars, with a clear mind.

When a player, such as Pat McAfee, has an alcohol-related indiscretion, he is forced to go through an entire after-care program, which includes a year or two of drug and alcohol testing. Irsay should not only be forced to submit to drug testing for a period of time, but for perpetuity, for as long as he wants to run the Indianapolis Colts.

This isn't done for punitive reasons. This is done to protect the franchise and the fans of the franchise.

A fine? Absolutely. If the late Bud Adams got $250,000 for flipping the bird at fans, what's Irsay's mistake worth? Half a million? A million? More? Executives should be held to a higher standard than the players. The bottom line is, he endangered his own life and the lives of others by getting behind the wheel while impaired. That is inexcusable.