When people talk about the NFL having a problem with bad actors, they aren’t usually referring to the owners.
But Colts owner Jim Irsay — he of the always outrageous Twitter account — was pulled over and arrested for drunk driving late Sunday night. And it gets even worse. After Irsay failed field sobriety tests, the police found “multiple prescription drugs.” He was charged with four felonies for possession of four different controlled substances.
“These Schedule IV prescription drugs were not associated with any prescription bottles found in the vehicle,” Carmel, Ind. police said.
In other words, Irsay allegedly had a bunch of pills in his car and no prescription for them. Schedule IV prescription drugs are actually the second-least controlled though. The numbering goes backward from I (one) to V (five), with Schedule I being illegal drugs, i.e. heroin or marijuana.
The saddest thing is Irsay has a history of alcohol problems and it appears as though he’s fallen off the wagon. Irsay said last year he had been sober for 15 years. His father, Robert, the original owner of the Colts, also had a drinking problem. He infamously held a press conference about the team’s possible move out of Baltimore while clearly intoxicated in January 1984. He died in 1997.
One Twitter user, @ShawnFM, a lawyer and former NBA agent, tweeted about a meeting he had with Irsay in January in Los Angeles where he said Irsay was clearly intoxicated.
The Colts have tried to get Irsay in rehab, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Even though he’s an owner, he can still be punished by the NFL’s behavior policy. And he certainly should be.
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