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.

32 responses to “Jim Irsay thanks prosecutors (for not filing felonies, I guess)

  1. 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.

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. “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

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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…

  11. @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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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