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- Jim Irsay
- NFL Owner
- March 2014
- Driving Under the Influence
- One Years' Probation, Suspended Driver's License, NFL Suspension
The arrest of Jim Irsay:
Let's face it. Over the past several years, the NFL's been out of bounds and its reputation's been penalized because of the trouble some of its players have been getting into.
From O.J. Simpson to Michael Vick …
…to Ben Rothlisberger and Javon Belcher…
…several high-profile players of been involved in some very high-profile criminal cases.
And it's not only the players who've been generating negative headlines. Enter Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, the son of the man who uprooted the Colts from Baltimore and moved them west, Robert Irsay.
Just hours after he pleaded guilty to charges of driving while intoxicated in an Indiana court room he received additional punishment from the NFL.
League Commissioner Roger Goodell, who days before announced new suspension standards for domestic violence, announced a six-game suspension and half-million dollar fine for the Colts owner. Goodell couldn't be placed in a situation in which he appeared tough on players and lenient on the club owners.
This suspension began on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 four days before his team start of the regular season against the Denver Broncos, featuring the Colts' former start quarterback Peyton Manning.
The $500,000 fine is the most allowed under NFL rules.
All of this happened because Irsay was arrested in March, 2014 after a traffic stop in Carmel, Indiana.
Toxicology reports show that he had both hydrocodone and oxycodone in his system. Irsay was initially charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated but reached a deal to plead guilty to just one charge. In September, he pleaded guilty to OWI, Operating While Intoxicated, and was sentenced to one years' probation and had his driver's license revoked for a year. Under the terms of probation, he'll be subject to monthly drug testing.
Irsay's full sentence included 60 days in the Hamilton County, Indiana jail. 58 days were suspended and Irsay was given two days of credit for the one day he served on March 17, 2014. Irsay admitted himself to a rehab facility the spring and his daughter Carly took over control of the Colts.
While he's on probation, the court says Irsay is prohibited from drinking or even possessing alcoholic beverages. He also has to provide authorities with current and valid prescriptions for all of his medicines.
To top it off, the owner of the Indianapolis Colts was also ordered attend a victim impact panel and complete a rehabilitation program he participated in since March 24, 2014.
In a statement released by the Colts, Irsay apologized to the community and Colts fans everywhere, acknowledging his mistake and standing responsible for the consequences of it.
The NFL that issued a statement saying Goodell didn't impose further punishment on the Colts because he decided Irsay's actions did not have a "competitive consequence."