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.