No league punishment handed down as yet for Colts owner Jim Irsay, but we did find out from a two-hour interview with the Indy Star that Irsay has agreed to random drug testing, the results of which are going to Roger Goodell.
After attending rehab in several spots around the country in recent months, Irsay acknowledges he is still on some pain medication for his hip and back, but he’s having it closely monitored by his doctors, who will eventually wean him off those meds if the pain abates. (Which might require surgery, but that’s a different story.) He also has agreed to random drug testing with the prosecutor’s office, with those results being shared with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s office.
No word on whether those tests will continue after the prosecutor’s office is done with Irsay. No reason why they wouldn’t. For what it’s worth, Goodell says he gets regularly drug tested. This way, they can have league officials roll up on owners with a piss test ready like they do to players, like when they got Kirk Cousins to do one when he was at his grandma’s house.
Meanwhile, Irsay is glad to discuss what a “blessing” rehab has been without bothering to answer any questions about the incident that got him there.
What exactly happened the night he was arrested? Was he addled on pain medication? Why did he fail field sobriety tests? Irsay declined to discuss the details for public consumption. (Sorry.)
What have his conversations with Goodell been like, and is there any credence to Adam Schefter’s ESPN report that Irsay will be hit with a 6- to 8-game suspension and a $1 million fine? Again, he declined to discuss on the record.
Good to know. Hopefully the public gets an answer sometime before the season actually starts.
As for why he was carrying $29,000 with him at the time of the arrest: that’s all overblown and misleading, says Irsay, it’s just his regular generosity money.
“I don’t know why that was leaked to the press or what it had to do with anything,” he said. “You’re talking about someone who is extremely generous, and I say that humbly. That’s the way I try to live my life and it has nothing to do with the law. What’s been reported out there, there’s been a sensationalizing about things that have nothing to do with the law. It shouldn’t be an issue.”
Have you NOT been pelted with a pack of hundreds by Jim Irsay on the street in a fit of manic giving? Oh, you simply MUST.