Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has been suspended 6 games from the NFL and fined $500,000, just hours after he pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, according to USA Today:
“I acknowledge the mistake I made last March and stand responsible for the consequences of that mistake, for which I sincerely apologize to our community and to Colts fans everywhere,” Irsay said in a statement released by the Colts.
“Even more importantly, though, I am committed to do everything in my power to turn this whole experience into a positive event for myself, my family, and the community. In retrospect, I now know that the incident opened my eyes to issues in my life that needed addressing and helped put me on the path to regain my health. I truly hope and pray that my episode will help in some small measure to diminish the stigma surrounding our country’s terrible and deadly problem of addiction.”
Goodell did not impose further punishment on the Colts because Goodell decided Irsay’s actions did not have a “competitive consequence,” according to a league statement.
“I have stated on numerous occasions that owners, management personnel and coaches must be held to a higher standard than players,” Goodell wrote 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.”
Irsay was arrested in March after a traffic stop in Carmel, Ind. Toxicology reports showed Irsay had both hydrocodone and oxycodone in his system. He initially was charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated, but reached a deal to plead guilty to just one charge.
It’s good to see Roger Goodell putting the hammer down on Irsay after several seemingly unreasonable had been handed down to players.
Now we await social media lawyers to ask why he wasn’t suspended the full season like Josh Gordon.Powered by Sidelines