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Jim Irsay Linked To Prescription Drugs As Far Back As 1995
Published June 17, 2003
|Report Says NFL Knew
Of Irsay’s Problems In ‘95
Retired Indianapolis Police Department Detective Irene Conder said yesterday that she talked to Colts owner Jim Irsay "about problems with prescription drugs as long ago as 1995," according to R. Joseph Gelarden of the INDY STAR. The prescription drug investigation of Irsay was first reported in November by WTHR-NBC. WTHR reported yesterday that the league knew of Irsay's drug situation as far back as 1995. An NFL spokesperson in November said that Irsay had "discussed his medical issues with Commissioner (Paul) Tagliabue on several recent occasions." Conder said that in '95, Irsay's involvement in the investigation "did not rise to the level of a criminal investigation but she was concerned." Conder met that year with Irsay and Bill Mattingly, a retired FBI agent who works in security for the NFL. The league, through Mattingly, offered to help Irsay, but Irsay refused. Conder's statement yesterday is the "latest revelation in the yearlong federal-local probe into allegations of massive prescription drug abuse by Irsay." Irsay in '98 attended an addiction treatment facility (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 6/17). Mattingly said yesterday of a '95 meeting, "I wouldn't know anything about that. That's eight years ago" (AP, 6/17).