Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay recalls 2014 arrest for driving while high

November 23, 2023

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay recently spoke with HBO host Andrea Kremer about his years-long battle with addiction.

According to the Washington Examiner, that included recalling his arrest in March of 2014 for driving while high on drugs. 

Team owner had to undergo a year of drug testing

ESPN reported that the then-55-year-old Irsay pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

As part of his plea agreement, Irsay was sentenced to 60 days behind bars, with all but 58 of those days being suspended.

The football team owner also received a year of probation along with a requirement that he submit to periodic drug testing. ESPN noted how at the time of his arrest, Irsay was found to have oxycodone, hydrocodone, and alprazolam in his system.

During the interview which aired on Tuesday night, Irsay suggested that his race and status as a wealthy individual played a role in his arrest.

Irsay believes he was targeted for being "a rich, white billionaire"

"I am prejudiced against because I'm a rich, white billionaire," Irsay told Kremer. "If I'm just the average guy down the block, they're not pulling me in, of course not."

"I don't care what it sounds like," he declared. "It's the truth ... I could give a damn what people think how anything sounds or sounds like. The truth is the truth, and I know the truth."

What's more, Irsay blamed his inability to pass a field sobriety test on having undergone hip surgery, saying, "Are you kidding me? I can barely walk at all."

Doctor told Irsay he was a "lucky man" after surviving an overdose

At another point during the interview, Irsay described going into rehab "at least 15 times" and recalled an instance in which he suffered an overdose.

"One time, I was trying to detox myself and I mixed, you know, multiple drugs that I didn't know anything about," he stated.

"And all of a sudden I started slurring my words and then, um, cold blue, I stopped breathing," Irsay went on to explain, adding that a doctor later told him he was "one lucky man."

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