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Colts owner has admitted painkiller addiction in the past

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Colts owner Jim Irsay’s arrest this morning on DUI and possession of a controlled substance charges might have been his first brush with the law.

But it’s far from his first cry for help.

Irsay admitted abusing prescription painkillers in 2002, saying he sought treatment for his addiction.

“After several years of orthopedic operations and procedures, accompanied by long bouts of chronic pain, I became dependent on prescription pain medications,” he said in a statement at the time. “I have successfully dealt with my dependence and my chronic pain issues. This has been a personal journey, and I ask that my privacy, as well as that of my family, be respected on this health issue.”

Irsay has also bragged on Twitter about not having a drink in 15 years, but this morning’s arrest suggests something was in his system. 

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49 Responses to “Colts owner has admitted painkiller addiction in the past”
  1. flash1283 says: Mar 17, 2014 8:49 AM


  2. kaakwha says: Mar 17, 2014 8:51 AM

    The nut does not fall far from the tree. His bombastic father was a raging alcoholic with many live interviews in Baltimore where he was clearly drunk and out of control. Sad.

  3. coolzog says: Mar 17, 2014 8:51 AM

    Dependence and Addiction are two different things Mr. Irsay.

  4. Revis and Buttfumble says: Mar 17, 2014 8:54 AM

    Maybe it is semantics and Irsay was right. He truly hasnt had a drink in 15 years. Turns out who was the guy that invented butt chugging…

  5. afterthesecrowdedstreets says: Mar 17, 2014 8:54 AM

    I’d rather have an owner in a 12 step program than have a fan base who stole the name “12th man” from A&M.

    #PEDS=acheater’s drug

  6. scopolamine9 says: Mar 17, 2014 8:55 AM

    Get a driver stupid. You can afford it.

  7. nnagi says: Mar 17, 2014 8:55 AM

    let’s see how much he blows up twitter now

  8. jwh8541 says: Mar 17, 2014 8:56 AM

    Ah this is too bad. He’s one owner I like so here come the moral jackals to rip him apart, I just hope he gets his thing straight.

  9. chargrz says: Mar 17, 2014 8:57 AM

    Maybe he will move the team now to Japan in the middle of the night?

  10. wwrgesusd says: Mar 17, 2014 8:58 AM

    Do they allow twitter in rehab? Let’s hope not…

  11. gohawks7 says: Mar 17, 2014 8:59 AM

    Denial is one of the main signs of dependency…

  12. mutohasaposse says: Mar 17, 2014 8:59 AM

    Sucks as a society how much we feel the need to get into other people’s business that doesn’t effect us.

  13. floratiotime says: Mar 17, 2014 9:00 AM

    Certainly explains the crazy, spaced out look on his face.

  14. jacobslatter says: Mar 17, 2014 9:00 AM

    In the photo above his eyes look oogalah boogalah like he’s interviewing under the influence.

  15. jamaltimore says: Mar 17, 2014 9:01 AM

    Love it. Next up John Elway.

  16. melikefootball says: Mar 17, 2014 9:02 AM

    How will the NFL and Göd-el handle this one.

  17. tennesseeoilers says: Mar 17, 2014 9:03 AM

    For quite a while now, I’ve found Jim Irsay to be incredibly annoying and an embarrassment to his fans. His ego and jerkish behavior have really rubbed me the wrong way, to say the least.

    However, the more I find out about Irsay, I find my opinion of him is starting to change … I’m actually starting to feel more sorry for the guy than anything else. Did you know, after 33 years of marriage, his wife Meg Irsay filed for divorce last November? And boatloads of money in no way helps the disaster of a childhood he obviously had with notorious father.

  18. keepyerstickontheice says: Mar 17, 2014 9:03 AM

    Well, that explains the Trent Richardson trade…

  19. jimmyt says: Mar 17, 2014 9:04 AM

    “Cry for help!!!??? Poor guy.

  20. yooperman says: Mar 17, 2014 9:04 AM

    Don’t worry Colt fans, Jim is a billionaire. He will check into rehap. in 30 days he will be better, and all is forgotten.
    Even millionaires players can pull off this trick. Money talks and rich walk.

  21. northshorejag says: Mar 17, 2014 9:08 AM

    Looking forward to his twemmre pheed

  22. packerbackernj says: Mar 17, 2014 9:09 AM

    Narcissism. Bet he thought he could buy or handshake his way out of anything in Indiana. I bet this isn’t the first time.

  23. EJ says: Mar 17, 2014 9:10 AM

    Why is it that the rich choose to drive themselves
    while intoxicated, when they can easily afford to pay for transportation? Save yourselves time, money and grief… Have a friend pick you up, sleep it off, take a taxi, a limo or even a plane!
    Also, Grow up.

  24. bucrightoff says: Mar 17, 2014 9:10 AM

    Look I hope he gets better and all, but no matter how many times he said he didn’t drink anymore, his actions on Twitter strongly suggested otherwise. Denial is part of the process, and hopefully he gets through it now.

  25. packerbackernj says: Mar 17, 2014 9:11 AM

    Narcissism. Bet he thought he could buy or handshake his way out of anything in Indiana. I bet this isn’t the first time he’s been pulled over drunk, but the first time the cop did what’s right, instead of being enamoured by the colts owner right infront of him. This stuff happens everywhere.

  26. craigkintexas says: Mar 17, 2014 9:14 AM

    Once a pickle always a pickle, never to be a cucumber again. So many go to rehab, come out and think they’re “fixed”.

  27. anonymous135 says: Mar 17, 2014 9:15 AM

    It’s been apparent he’s needed help for quite some time.. we ridicule him knowing this full well – but now it’s official.

    Hopefully he gets the help he needs, he has ZERO excuses.

    That’s my sympathy.

    It’s F’ing RICH that a guy like this who craves attention now seeks his privacy. I hope with his request comes his own action in keeping out of sight and mind.. we all know that won’t happen – and this is where he deserves being roasted so publicly. Well Deserved Sir…

  28. starchybunker says: Mar 17, 2014 9:26 AM

    Top O’ the marnin’ to ya, Jimmy!

  29. mrbullgator says: Mar 17, 2014 9:27 AM

    He might not have drank anything. a DUI isn’t necessarily for alcohol.

  30. ravens513 says: Mar 17, 2014 9:30 AM

    Apple never falls far from the tree. Sad that in today’s world it has too be so public that it hurts chance of him dealing with the problems.

  31. dexterismyhero says: Mar 17, 2014 9:32 AM

    @anonymous135 says: It’s F’ing RICH that a guy like this who craves attention now seeks his privacy

    That comment was made in 2002. But he is till a dumba$$!

  32. hpente86 says: Mar 17, 2014 9:36 AM

    Justin Beiber 2.0

  33. bjs79 says: Mar 17, 2014 9:39 AM

    The breathalyzer winds were a blowing!

  34. believeland2014 says: Mar 17, 2014 9:40 AM


  35. douchebigelow says: Mar 17, 2014 9:46 AM

    Meth is a helluva drug

  36. pftoracle says: Mar 17, 2014 9:58 AM

    that explains some of his tweets

  37. kev86 says: Mar 17, 2014 9:59 AM

    Hope this sobers him up. At his age, being a drunk is no way to live.

  38. i10east says: Mar 17, 2014 10:06 AM

    LOL at the Colts.

  39. mogogo1 says: Mar 17, 2014 10:08 AM

    As bad as this photo here looks, he looks 20 years older in his mugshot. Sunken cheeks, looks like he hasn’t been eating, all the signs of somebody with a very serious problem. I hope he finally gets some help.

  40. godhatescleveland says: Mar 17, 2014 10:12 AM

    Quick! Jerry Jones needs an intervention. He is considering signing Brandon Weeden. We can still save him from a future DUI…….

  41. sketchydave says: Mar 17, 2014 10:14 AM

    “Cocaine’s a hell of a drug”

    -Rick James

  42. thelastwordyaheard says: Mar 17, 2014 10:23 AM

    when you’re filthy rich & bored, it’s hard to find a reason not to drink excessively..

  43. horsepedlr says: Mar 17, 2014 10:24 AM

    what a hypocrite this jerk is. he was the one jumping all over rush limbaugh for the same thing when he stopped rush from being part owner in a franchise. maybe this qualifys him to lose his. it should.

  44. mackcarrington says: Mar 17, 2014 10:30 AM

    He must have had a “V&V”.
    Vicodin & Vodka.

  45. charliemeatwagon says: Mar 17, 2014 10:43 AM

    He tweets about anything and everyone, but “I ask that my privacy, as well as that of my family, be respected on this health issue”? please

    sketchydave has it right

  46. therooneyskilledwebster says: Mar 17, 2014 10:46 AM

    Surprised he didn’t tweet out last night ” major news coming tomorrow Pony fans…not gonna wanna miss it” #makemineadouble
    What a sorry Kennedy wannabe from a wannabe franchise.

  47. steelcityfinest13 says: Mar 17, 2014 10:53 AM

    Be real ppl and put negativity to the side for a minute some ppl really need help and show odd ways of asking for help bless are those who can relate this as adults

  48. dfco74 says: Mar 17, 2014 11:17 AM

    What a putz get a driver and get high in the back seat

  49. oldcracker says: Mar 17, 2014 11:24 AM

    Jim, save a spot in the lunch line for Truckstop Jimmy.

    Maybe they’ll move the Colts to Marion, Ill. (fed prison) now.

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