Jim Irsay tweeted this week about an impending trade involving his team. The Twitterverse went spastic and the guessing game was afoot. Then, there was no trade and Irsay basically said, "My bad!" He later tweeted something far more vague about a possible trade and monitoring of the waiver wire.
Irsay, to me, is fun. But to others in the NFL he's not so amusing.
Several team executives interviewed by CBSSports.com said that Irsay is neither humerous or cute on Twitter and tweets like the one we saw from him recently can actually hurt the Colts.
"There's no question he's hurting his team with that stuff," said one NFC scout.
The reason, these team officials say, is because by announcing a trade is coming, or expressing public desire to get a trade completed, he ramps up pressure on his team to get the deal done. That, in turn, leads to a team Indianapolismay be negotiating with to possibly raise the asking price.
The NFL is horribly cutthroat and if a team sniffs an opening, they'll shoot for it.
These execs say that might be exactly what happened when Irsay bragged a big trade was coming and then it didn't. There's no way to know if this belief is accurate.
Team executives also say there is worry among some teams that if they try to deal with the Colts, their negotiations with the team may end up on Irsay's twitter feed. So they might bypass the Colts.
One team official did make a good point. How many other owners, team executives or coaches do you see duplicating Irsay's behavior? I can't think of anyone. That alone, they say, says it all.
Is the NFL too stuck up sometimes with these kinds of things? Absolutely. But these NFL officials have a point.
Does any of this mean Irsay will stop his tweets?