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Jim Irsay suspended six games, fined $500K

Jim IrsayJim Irsay pleaded guilty on Tuesday to driving while intoxicated, which paved the way for Roger Goodell to finally hand down his punishment of the Indianapolis Colts owner. Irsay has been suspended for the first six games of the 2014 season, fined $500,000 and banned from discussing his team or the NFL on social media.

“I have stated on numerous occasions that owners, management personnel and coaches must be held to a higher standard than players,” Goodell said in a letter to Irsay. “We discussed this during our meeting and you expressed your support for that view, volunteering that owners should be held to the highest standard.”

Goodell also noted that the Colts would not be forced to forfeit a draft pick or face any other type of competitive sanction because Irsay’s conduct “did not have competitive consequences.”

[Related: Jim Irsay had pills, pill bottles and $30K on him at time of arrest]

For a guy who has more money than he knows what to do with, this equates to a slap on the wrist for Irsay. He can’t be around the team until after the Colts face the Houston Texans on Oct. 9, but big deal. He’s an owner, not a coach.

Goodell is really punishing the fans, because Irsay runs one of the most entertaining Twitter accounts in sports. We don’t know the exact terms of his social media ban, but if Irsay can’t tweet ridiculous photos of himself getting jacked up for games then we’re all the real losers here.

H/T Mike Garafolo

Jim Irsay pleads guilty to OWI, gets one-year probation

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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Irsay was initially charged with two misdemeanors and plead not guilty, but he was able to avoid jail time by accepting a one-year probationary period in court on Tuesday.

According to Mark Alesia of The Indianapolis Star, felony charges were not filed against Irsay because he had a perscription for the drugs he was found in possession of at the time of his arrest in March. We know from the police report that officers found a duffel bag and brief case that contained pills, pill bottles and nearly $30,000 in cash. A drug test showed that Irsay was under the influence of oxycodone and hydrocodone.

Irsay, who recently admitted that he became addicted to painkillers in 2002 after undergoing several surgeries on his hip and back, will be drug tested during his one-year probation. He’ll likely be able to take any dose of medication that doctors deem appropriate. He will also not be permitted to possess or consume alcohol. Irsay, a recovering alcoholic, insists he has been alcohol-free for over a decade.

The Colts owner will be without a driver’s license for a little over a year, which we knew when he refused a blood test following his arrest.

Now that Irsay’s case has been settled in court, it will be interesting to see how Roger Goodell decides to punish him. Previous reports indicated that he could be fined up to $1 million and suspended for 6-8 games.

Jim Irsay hands out $100 bills to Colts fans

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In case you didn’t already know it, Jim Irsay is pretty rich.

The Colts owner showed up at his team’s training camp practice on Saturday and handed out $100 bills to some of the fans in attendance like he was Steve Nash handing out high-fives to teammates.

Pretty cool, huh? Show up to training camp and you have a chance at $100? Sure as heck beats a misspelled T-shirt giveaway.

As cool as it would be to get a bill from him, what does this say about Irsay?

Does he think handing out money to his fans will make them forget about his DUI? Does he think handing out $100 bills will justify him being stopped by police with $29k cash on him? Someone tell Irsay he can’t buy his way out of every problem. Only his problems with Roger Goodell.

H/T The Score

Jim Irsay compares his drug addiction to battling cancer

Jim IrsayOn Monday, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay gave his first extensive public comments since he was arrested for driving while under the influence back in March. He spoke with Bob Kravitz of The Indianapolis Star, who described Irsay as having clearer eyes than before, improved posture and a more healthy looking skin complexion.

Irsay said he has been alcohol-free for over a decade, which is similar to what he tweeted at the time of his arrest. He also admitted to having a painkiller addiction that started back in 2002 after several orthopedic surgeries for his hip and back. The 55-year-old repeatedly referred to his addiction as a “disease” and compared it to cancer and other diseases that kill.

“In some ways, (going through rehab) is my greatest moment,” Irsay told Kravitz. “It takes courage to try and overcome the difficulties you have. For some reason, it’s seen as unheroic. When someone beats cancer, it’s like, ‘Wow, that’s so heroic,’ but when someone has this illness, it’s treated like you’re a leper because that person is morally corrupt, and that’s not the case.

“… It’s an ongoing thing in one’s life when recovering from any disease. The disease never sleeps so you have to be proactive when dealing with it. But the journey is great because it forced you to grow spiritually. There’s a lot of gratitude and spiritual growth. And it’s rewarding because it makes you more virtuous when you have success.”

Irsay added that there is a “stigma” assosicated with alcoholism and additiction which makes the diseases particularly dangerous because people are afraid to treat them.

“People shy away from seeking help because it’s viewed as being somewhat morally off the path, that they’ve lost their way,” he said. “I really think the disease aspect gets lost when you’re talking about alcoholism and addiction; it’s not like you’re battling leukemia or a heart problem; it is that. But even in 2014, there’s still this stigma.”

Irsay still seemed to be treading lightly, as the legal process of his arrest and how it will affect his standing with the NFL is still playing out. He would not go on the record and address whether there is truth to the report that he could face a $1 million fine and a 6-8 game suspension from the league.

As for an apology, Irsay said he is not ready to issue one yet and did not promise that he will. He also said he is focused on running the Colts and putting together the best team he can, despite reports that his children are in control of the team and he has remained out of the picture.

To me, it seems like Irsay is looking for sympathy. Whether he deserves it or not is a matter of personal opinion.

Jim Irsay could be fined $1 million, suspended 6-8 games

Jim Irsay mug shotMany people have been curiously awaiting the NFL’s punishment for Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, who was arrested in March for driving while intoxicated. Irsay was in possession of several prescription drugs and failed several field sobriety tests, but he was only charged last month with two misdemeanors. That’s still enough to lead to a hefty punishment from the NFL.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, people around the league believe Irsay will be suspended 6-8 games and fined around $1 million.

Though $1 million sounds like a lot, it’s probably not too much for a billionaire like Irsay. Still, it’s better than nothing. And what I want to know is what would constitute a suspension for a team owner? Would he be prevented from attending games? Would they prevent him from being in contact with the team? I’m guessing it’s probably the former.

Regardless, Irsay’s arrest makes the league look bad and sets a bad example for the team. At least critics like Roddy White can be satisfied knowing that something will happen to Irsay.

Jim Irsay charged with two misdemeanors for OWI arrest

Jim Irsay

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has been charged with two misdemeanors for his driving arrest in March, according to FOX 59 in Indianapolis.

Irsay went to rehab after the arrest and has not been punished by the NFL, but he will be facing some potential discipline from the legal system.

According to FOX 59, Irsay has been charged with one count of operating while intoxicated and one count of operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substances or its metabolite in the body. Both crimes are considered C misdemeanors. The substances were oxycodone and/or hydrocodone.

Irsay supposedly faces 60 days in jail if he’s convincted.

Another concern about Irsay’s arrest was that he was found with $30,000 on him at the time he was pulled over. That raised concern about drug buying/selling, but FOX 59 says the amount of drugs on Irsay’s person supposedly did not rise to the levels of “dealing” status.

Jim Irsay had nearly $30,000 on him at time of arrest

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More details from the Jim Irsay arrest emerged on Wednesday night, and they painted as disturbing a picture as most of us expected. For starters, the Indianapolis Colts owner seemed extremely intoxicated and failed a number of field sobriety tests. He was also reportedly in possession of a whole bunch of cash and a whole bunch of prescription pills.

According to police reports obtained by The Indianapolis Star, police found a total of $29,029 cash in a briefcase, Irsay’s wallet and one of two “laundry” bags that were on the passenger side floorboard of the car. Pills and pill bottles were also found in the briefcase and the bags.

The officer who initially pulled Irsay over said he witnessed him driving 10 mph in a 35 mph zone. Irsay also allegedly stopped his car completely in the middle of the road twice and turned without signaling. The officer said Irsay seemed disoriented and was exhibiting slow and slurred speech after being stopped.

“I asked him if he knew why I pulled him over,” the officer wrote in his report. “Irsay advised that he was trying to find his house and gets confused with what road it is located on.”

Irsay then allegedly had trouble with some basic alphabet sobriety tests and was asked to exit his vehicle. At that point, the officer had called for another patrol officer and a sergeant to join him at the scene. The report said officers “continuously had to support Irsay in order to prevent him from falling over” while administering a field sobriety test.

“Mr. Irsay about fell to the ground as he was stood up from the the police vehicle hood,” the sergeant wrote.

Irsay is obviously an incredibly wealthy man, but it is a red flag that he had so much cash on him in addition to several prescription medications. He’s lucky help didn’t come too late.