Colts’ Owner Irsay Charged with 2 Misdemeanors
Over the past year and a half, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has been showing up in the spotlight quite a few times. During the last couple of months he has been making more headlines, but for all the wrong reasons. According to Bleacher Report, Irsay has been charged with 2 misdemeanors after being arrested in March for drunk driving. Fox 59 Indianapolis provided more details on what the charges entailed.
“Irsay has been charged with one count of operating while intoxicated, a C misdemeanor and one count of operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substances or its metabolite in the body, also a C misdemeanor,” the station reported. “The substances were oxycodone and/or hydrocodone.”
A source told the station that Irsay was intoxicated due to “mixing medications” and then driving just as we stopped by an officer along the road. Fox 59 explains that the charges carry a 60-day jail sentence if the Colts owner found guilty.
Irsay’s behavior has not gone unnoticed by NFL players and Commissioner Roger Goodell. Goodell has, so far, developed a legacy of bringing tough discipline to the players for their off-the-field behavior, but still has not said much on the matter regarding Irsay. Perhaps he is waiting on the legal process.
“There have been no charges,” said Goodell. “So the answer to that is until we get more information, some more facts, we will let it play out a little longer.”
But the players feel that Irsay will not punished by the commissioner and claims hypocrisy on the part of Goodell. Washington Redskins Safety Ryan Clark expressed his sentiment on the matter.
“Right now, if Jim Irsay is going to represent this league, represent the Indianapolis Colts, going to be on TV at the owners meetings, trying to bring a Super Bowl to Indianapolis after what he’s done? It shows the hypocrisy of the NFL and also Roger Goodell in the way that he deals with players and the way he deals for the people he works for,” said Clark.
The Indianapolis Star have also said police filed charges of felony drug possession after Irsay was arrested but the charges were not involved in the prosecutor’s report.
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