SBD/June 11, 2014/Franchises

Jim Irsay Mum On Arrest Details And Talks With Goodell, But Reiterates Commitment To Colts

Irsay's random drug testing results will be shared with Commissioner Goodell
Colts Owner Jim Irsay in his first extended interview since a March arrest "remained circumspect about what happened that night and what he's been through since then," but he "addressed several topics ... which may or may not shed light on his current state of mind," according to Bob Kravitz of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR. After attending rehab in "several spots around the country," 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." He also has "agreed to random drug testing with the prosecutor's office," with those results being shared with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Irsay "declined to discuss the details" of his arrest or conversations he has had with Goodell. However, Irsay said that the $29,000 in cash in his vehicle at the time of his arrest was "not unusual for him." Kravitz: "He showed me a briefcase on his desk. When he opened it, I saw stacks and stacks of $100 bills." Irsay: "You're talking about someone who is extremely generous, and I say that humbly." Asked what he would like to say to fans, Irsay said, "My focus is on making the Colts the best team in the NFL. I'm completely engaged and have always been engaged, even when I was in rehab. Your paper acted like my kids were running the team and I was in some kind of coma." He added, "There's no way you're going to have a billion-dollar investment and never fail to monitor it for a period of time." Asked if he felt he needed to apologize to anyone, Irsay replied, "There are certain things I want to say that I can't say. We need to let the process go forward and I'll address that later" (INDYSTAR.com, 6/10).
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