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Roddy White wonders if Jim Irsay will be punished by NFL for recent arrest

Roddy WhiteSince taking over as commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell has made it a point to punish players for questionable off-the-field conduct.

At various times during Goodell’s tenure, we’ve heard the phrase “protecting the shield” in reference to maintaining the integrity of the league. Goodell has not been shy about the conduct standards he expects from those associated with the league.

In the wake of recent news that Jim Irsay was arrested for driving under the influence, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White wonders if the Indianapolis Colts owner will be subject to any punishment by the NFL.

Roddy White rarely filters what he says on Twitter, like this time when referring to Alex Smith, so this can’t be seen as completely surprising.

White does, however, raise a relevant point. Owners are included under the NFL personal conduct policy and, therefore, not exempt from being punished should the league deem it to be necessary. Whether that happens remains to be seen.

Jim Irsay friend: ‘He’s a sick, sick man’ who ‘desperately needs help’

Jim IrsayJim Irsay was arrested on Sunday morning and charged with driving while under the influence and felony possession of prescription drugs. Those who are close to the Indianapolis Colts owner do not seem surprised, as many of them have supposedly been waiting for Irsay to hit rock bottom.

The Indianapolis Star’s Bob Kravitz, one of the most connected Colts reporters in the country, spoke to Irsay’s friends on Monday. He was told about the 54-year-old’s alleged drug addiction.

“He’s a sick, sick man,” one source reportedly told Kravitz. “He desperately needs help.”

The Colts have apparently been trying to get Irsay, who admitted he was addicted to painkillers in 2002, into rehab for years. At the very least, the organization reportedly pled with Irsay to hire a driver and stop getting behind the wheel.

Irsay weighs about 165 pounds at the moment, which is down from his old weight of 235. When Kravitz asked him about the weight loss two months ago, Irsay said he was taking his doctor’s advice to lose weight and keep the strain off his troublesome back and hip. That story is now much harder to believe.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter also reported on Monday that Irsay’s behavior has raised concerns with those connected to the Colts.

“There are people around the Colts organization who have been suspicious about some of his behavior,” Schefter said, via Pro Football Talk.

If Kravitz’s sources are being truthful, “suspicious” could only begin to subscribe it. We have spent plenty of time making fun of Irsay for his entertaining Twitter rants and some of the photos he posts, but suddenly they’re not quite as humorous.

Report: Jim Irsay had several prescription drugs, failed sobriety tests

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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was arrested for driving while under the influence on Sunday night, but that does not necessarily mean he was drinking. As details continue to emerge, it sounds like Irsay’s arrest was drug related.

According to Bill McCleery of the Indianapolis Star, Irsay is facing four counts of of felony possession of controlled substances. He was charged with driving while under the influence after failing several field sobriety tests.

Lt. Joe Bickel of the Carmel Police Department said in a statement that Irsay was stopped while driving at a slow rate of speed and failing to signal when turning. His vehicle was searched and “multiple prescription drugs were found in pill bottles.” Police found several Schedule IV prescription drugs that they say “were not associated with any prescription bottles found in the vehicle.”

Schedule IV drugs are on the lower end of the substance abuse spectrum and include sleep and anxiety medications.

Back in October, Irsay tweeted that he has not had a drop of alcohol in 15 years. It does not sound like alcohol was involved with his arrest over the weekend. The Indy Star’s Bob Kravitz speculated that the arrest was drug related as soon as the news broke, adding that Irsay has a “problem” that the Colts have been trying to get him to address for quite some time.

In 2002, Irsay admitted he was addicted to pain killer.

“After several years of orthopedic operations and procedures, accompanied by long bouts of chronic pain, I became dependent on prescription pain medications,” he said at the time. “This summer I sought professional help at a nationally recognized facility located outside Indiana. I have successfully dealt with my dependence and my chronic pain issues.”

Irsay could now face disciplinary action from the NFL, as all personnel are subject to the guidelines of the league’s personal conduct policy. If Irsay is struggling with addiction, hopefully he gets the help he needs.

Jim Irsay arrrested for OWI, possession of controlled substance

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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was arrested on Sunday night. The 54-year-old was reportedly charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance.

According to WISH TV in Indianpolis, Irsay was taken into custody just before midnight. His bond was set for $22,500.

It is unclear what substance Irsay was found to be in possession of. Irsay seems to always tweet like he’s hammered, though he has denied in the past that he drinks at all.

We’ll have more details as they unfold.

UPDATE: Jim Irsay was reportedly charged with felony possession of several prescription drugs after failing multiple field sobriety tests. More details here.

Related: Friend of Jim Irsay says he’s a ‘sick, sick man’

Jim Irsay: Indianapolis Colts’ play lately is ‘alarming’

Jim IrsayJim Irsay has been known to go on random Twitter rants from time to time, and the Indianapolis Colts owner had an episode on Tuesday where he expressed concern about his team, which got hammered 40-11 by the Arizona Cardinals and is now 7-4.

Here’s what Irsay wrote on Twitter in a series of tweets where he said the team needs to get their head out of their butts:

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Jim Irsay has enormous plans for Ed Reed if he signs with Indianapolis Colts

Ed Reed TexansThe Houston Texans released Ed Reed on Tuesday and we have still yet to hear any indication as to where the veteran safety may end up. Reed is 35 and battled injuries during the offseason, but there are plenty of teams who are in need of assistance in their defensive backfield. Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay may have even bigger plans for the future Hall of Famer.

On Wednesday morning, Irsay took to Twitter to ask Colts fans their opinion on potentially bringing Reed to Indy. The eccentric boss seems to have confused Reed with someone like Tavon Austin or Percy Harvin.

We’d love to just chalk this up to a lousy joke, but we know better with Irsay. He’s probably serious. This isn’t the guy you’re going to use to replace Reggie Wayne, Jim.

Hey, at least he wasn’t blasting someone on Twitter this time around. He’s been known to do that, too.

Jim Irsay: If you don’t want more than one Super Bowl you shouldn’t play for Colts

Peyton-Manning-and-Jim-IrsayIndianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay’s infamous remarks about Peyton Manning last week may not have come off the way he wanted them to. That does not mean there was no truth behind them.

Manning is one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history and probably the best in Colts franchise history. Irsay created a buzz by essentially admitting he was disappointed the team only won one championship with Manning, which many interpreted as a shot at Peyton. After Indy’s huge win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Showtime’s Inside the NFL had their cameras rolling while Irsay addressed the team.

“That other guy next door (Peyton Manning), is one of the greats and I have nothing but gratitude towards what he’s done for this team,” Irsay said, via Eye on Football. “But today is today. And we all know that we want to go and get this (Irsay holds up his right hand with the Super Bowl ring on it). Anyone who doesn’t want more than one of these shouldn’t wear a horseshoe because that’s what it’s about.”

Winning a championship should be the ultimate goal on every player’s mind, but Inside the NFL hosts Cris Collinsworth, Phil Simms and Dan Marino felt that Irsay would have been better off keeping that to himself.

“There is no reason for that. I mean, they won the ballgame,” Marino said. “As an owner, you have to feel pretty darn lucky to have Peyton Manning for 14 years and win a ring. There are a lot of guys who have played in the NFL and have been great players including me, I feel like I was a good player, and I don’t have a ring. So I don’t think you go there at all.”

Manning has had his struggles in the postseason, but he brought the Colts a championship and over a decade of winning football teams. That’s much more than most franchises can say about their quarterback. Irsay can go off on the media all he wants in an attempt to prove his point. In reality, it wasn’t one that needed proving to begin with.