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Jim Irsay thanks prosecutors (for not filing felonies, I guess)

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Colts owner Jim Irsay will face two misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle under the influence, but avoid the more serious drug possession charges.

As a result, Irsay’s attorney’s issued a statement, thanking them for their work.

“We want to thank the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office for its professionalism in its investigation regarding Mr. Irsay and for devoting the necessary care and attention to determine the facts in this matter did not warrant the filing of felony charges relative to Mr. Irsay’s prescription medications,” the statement read, via Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star. “Mr. Irsay will deal with the remaining misdemeanor charges through the judicial process.”

He could still face some jail time, but the more interesting question will be how the NFL handles him.

Roger Goodell stood behind the (ahem) shield of “no charges have been filed” when discussing Irsay’s potential discipline earlier this week.

Now that they have, we’ll see what the standard is for owners, as opposed to players, who have been suspended in the past without criminal charges.

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32 Responses to “Jim Irsay thanks prosecutors (for not filing felonies, I guess)”
  1. andrewluck12 says: May 23, 2014 5:08 PM

    Unlike belichick and Payton irsay didn’t cheat. Punish the man not the team.

  2. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: May 23, 2014 5:17 PM

    $30k in a briefcase. This man was doing nothing legal at the time.

  3. dylude says: May 23, 2014 5:21 PM

    Can’t be mad, just have to hope you can pass millions on to your children so if they are caught with narcotics and cash while breaking the law, they can afford the legal team to turn those charges from jail time to citations.

    America the beautiful.

  4. jakeblues68 says: May 23, 2014 5:24 PM

    Rich man’s justice.

  5. Spymaster Belichick says: May 23, 2014 5:31 PM

    If you look for images on Google of Jim Irsay, he looks high in 75% of them. Some of them are a bit disturbing.

  6. chilomane says: May 23, 2014 5:34 PM

    In America money gets you off!

  7. nicofthenorthstar says: May 23, 2014 5:48 PM

    Must be nice to be rich. Justice: American style.

  8. mustbechris says: May 23, 2014 5:48 PM

    If only he had gone through the Tron Carter Legal System instead of the rich white male legal system

  9. ravenswhat says: May 23, 2014 5:50 PM

    If he had a few less zeroes in his net worth and a darker shade of skin he would still be in jail with an intent to distribute narcotics trial in 10 mths.

  10. picksixx says: May 23, 2014 5:51 PM

    30k is really not that much. I have a lot more than that in my cabinet. I also have a metal dog, car and thimble to go along with some houses and hotels…and of course the board.

  11. Go-Hawks! says: May 23, 2014 5:52 PM

    Well, forget the double standard among players and owners. This is a simple double standard among the rich and the regular folks in this country.

    Any American that is not rich would have gotten the felony charges.

  12. joejacks says: May 23, 2014 5:54 PM

    “Roger Goodell stood behind the (ahem) shield of “no charges have been filed” when discussing Irsay’s potential discipline earlier this week.”

    Isn’t that something? Didn’t care when He suspended Roethlisberger did he?

    But he played for the Steelers not the Patriots. LOL

  13. kd75 says: May 23, 2014 5:55 PM

    Look for new District Attorney’s office wing to be built at Indy City Hall…

  14. patsfan says: May 23, 2014 6:14 PM

    And that, ladies and gentlemen is the difference between pleading “millionnaire” and pleading “Billionaire”

    a “hundredaire” would have neither the reason nor the ability to thank the prosecutor.

  15. Success Matters says: May 23, 2014 6:22 PM

    See loss of 1st and 5th round pick next year and suspended from the team for 8 games.

  16. melikefootball says: May 23, 2014 6:36 PM

    Well we see that Indiana is not so far behind times as well all thought, money does talk.

  17. jetsjetsjetsnow says: May 23, 2014 6:45 PM

    Lets just say a different person in a demographic & income level results in a very different outcome… Just say’n

  18. goodtogo28 says: May 23, 2014 6:59 PM

    what a joke.

  19. ningenito78 says: May 23, 2014 7:09 PM

    Actually I would say it would be a hell of a lot more interesting if he ends up in jail the. If the NFL does anything. Just sayin.

  20. 1bigtex says: May 23, 2014 7:21 PM

    Very similar to Rush’s skating on his doctor-shopping/drug use charges.

  21. icebowler says: May 23, 2014 7:37 PM

    Evidently there is a different set of laws in Carmel, Hamilton County than for the rest of us Hoosiers.

  22. icebowler says: May 23, 2014 7:51 PM

    He also thanked his doctor and pharmacist for entering pre-dated prescriptions into the records.

  23. erle1139 says: May 23, 2014 8:02 PM

    If he has a valid prescription for the medication, then it’s not against the law for him to have them. Being intoxicated on them while driving, however, is a whole other matter. Some people need to get a grip though…not filing charges for possession of prescription medication, when you have a valid prescription from a doctor, is common practice by prosecutors, not “not special treatment for the rich”…regardless if you’re abusing the medication. Maybe his doctor should be investigated…

  24. harrisonhits2 says: May 23, 2014 8:55 PM

    Thanks for not requiring larger bribes than you did !

  25. colv says: May 23, 2014 9:49 PM

    Money and politicians talk. Thank them for pushing more lenient terms.

  26. buckybadger says: May 23, 2014 11:24 PM

    @erler1139, even if you have a prescription it wouldn’t be for that amount. The amount of drug is also part of a the prescription.

  27. longdrive2011 says: May 23, 2014 11:42 PM

    GoHawks wrote:
    Well, forget the double standard among players and owners. This is a simple double standard among the rich and the regular folks in this country.

    Any American that is not rich would have gotten the felony charges.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    This is simply not true. Once the facts were reviewed, the only charges they could bring within the law were what they charged him with. Of course it sounds like you are paranoid and the world is out to get you so believe whatever you want.

  28. wyrdawg says: May 24, 2014 1:48 AM

    “Just tell us ‘Thanks’ Jim… and maybe some season tickets.. GO COLTS!”

  29. hodag54501 says: May 24, 2014 4:45 AM

    Regardless of his addictions, if this was Joe Nobody caught in the car with drugs and money, he’d be looking at substantial felony counts.
    The rich can afford good lawyers, poor people do the time.

  30. vaughnchef says: May 24, 2014 8:29 AM

    Once again, money speaks volumes. If I, or anyone else on this board, did the same thing we would already be in jail and most certainly would be facing felony drug charges. Boozed up, bottles of pills and 25k in cash: yep, already in jail, no doubt. I’m not a race baiter by any means, but if this was Ozzie Newsome (I know – he’s not an owner) and he did the same thing, how would this have played out? Fair question I think.

  31. bornahawker says: May 24, 2014 11:40 AM

    I wonder in this age of unlimited campaign contributions how much Irsay will pay for this gift? My bet is at least one million dollars.

  32. simonator917 says: May 24, 2014 4:45 PM

    Justice May be blind, but she can sure smell money.

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