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Jim Irsay’s driver’s license suspended for one year

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When Colts owner Jim Irsay was pulled over on March 16, police thought he was under the influence, and Irsay refused a blood test. As a result, Irsay’s driver’s license has been suspended.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Irsay’s license was suspended last week for one year, through May 27, 2015.

Under Indiana law, a one-year license suspension is mandated for anyone who refuses to submit to a drug test. Obviously, Irsay can afford to have a full-time chauffeur, so a one-year license suspension won’t affect him the way it would affect most people, but he’s getting the same punishment that drivers typically get for refusing to take a blood test.

Irsay is facing two misdemeanor counts of impaired driving. His next court date is June 19.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has confirmed that Irsay is subject to league discipline, but there’s no word yet on what that discipline will entail, or when it will be handed down.

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52 Responses to “Jim Irsay’s driver’s license suspended for one year”
  1. thepftpoet says: Jun 5, 2014 2:53 PM

    There’s only one valid reason Jim Irsay would have driven under the influence.

    Trent Richardson was on his fantasy team.

  2. nflcommissioner says: Jun 5, 2014 2:56 PM

    No biggie since he can afford Uber anyways.

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 5, 2014 2:56 PM

    If it won’t affect him the same way then that doesn’t sound like the same punishment to me. I bet Eric Winston would agree. For some people that’s just not a mere inconvenience, but more of a devastating challenge to overcome.

  4. skoobyfl says: Jun 5, 2014 2:57 PM

    He should submit samples every few days like the players do, keeping it real.

  5. whiteknightblackheart says: Jun 5, 2014 2:57 PM

    “Take that, guy who can afford to take a limo that runs on hundred dollar bills!”

  6. trollaikman8 says: Jun 5, 2014 2:58 PM

    Can they suspend someone’s ability to wear Affliction shirts?

  7. scoops1 says: Jun 5, 2014 3:00 PM

    no problem….just add a driver on payroll

  8. ctiggs says: Jun 5, 2014 3:00 PM

    If he were a player……..

  9. grantsbuds says: Jun 5, 2014 3:01 PM

    When does Goddell ‘hand down’ discipline?
    Will that ‘discipline’ compare to players discipline for a similar offense?

    Hockey sticks no.

  10. taylorgangtrippymane says: Jun 5, 2014 3:02 PM

    If I had his money I wouldn’t even want to drive anyways.

  11. aceakking says: Jun 5, 2014 3:04 PM

    Irsay’s Colts ownership license should be suspended, too, for tanking the 2011 season.

  12. hyzers says: Jun 5, 2014 3:06 PM

    Fines and tickets should be relative to income, like in Sweden. Richard Bronson once got a $100,000 speeding ticket.

  13. wawa33 says: Jun 5, 2014 3:07 PM

    That’s ironic since he should have hired a driver in the first place.

  14. kd75 says: Jun 5, 2014 3:09 PM

    And the NFL suspension will be far less severe than the State of Indiana.

    If I was that rich, I wouldn’t be driving anyway. The only place you’d find me behind the wheel is at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on a Saturday for fun in my $600,000 Ferrari.

  15. scottyhammer says: Jun 5, 2014 3:09 PM

    A more devastating punishment would have been to suspend Irsay’s Twitter account for one year.

  16. psly2124 says: Jun 5, 2014 3:10 PM

    Skooby, the difference Irsay signs the checks. The person signing the checks makes the rules. If the players paid irsay they could demand that he require to random testing. Until that day it won’t happen. You also fail to realize that the owners are giving millions of dollars to players and don’t want to burn it on drug addicts.

  17. albigverg says: Jun 5, 2014 3:12 PM

    Aww that means his chauffer is actually gonna haveto work now. Life is gonna be hard for Mr Irsay the next year. Poor guy : (

  18. bubba9er says: Jun 5, 2014 3:14 PM

    Force him to sell his team – what kind of lessons are we teaching our kids?? How can the players stand to wear the uniform for his team? Haha, just kidding. He’s no Donald Sterling… :)

  19. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Jun 5, 2014 3:14 PM

    After careful review, Goodell has determined that the penalty of Irsay having his license suspended for one year is adequate and will not be enforcing any further punishments.

  20. dalfanforever says: Jun 5, 2014 3:16 PM

    Big punishment for a galzillionaire. Hire a driver and it’s over. He can buy himself a nice big Cadillac in the process. We’d be riding a bike to work.

    Ridiculous.

  21. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 5, 2014 3:16 PM

    Suspended for 1 year or life. Whichever comes first.

  22. mrpkg says: Jun 5, 2014 3:23 PM

    Ryan Clark was spot on with his comments. Irsay is going to get special treatment from the league.

    This is just a preview.

    What a joke!

  23. chinahand11 says: Jun 5, 2014 3:25 PM

    Darn I wish I had a chauffer.

  24. braven4evr says: Jun 5, 2014 3:38 PM

    Guess Commissioner Goofball just handed down His punishment!

  25. chilomane says: Jun 5, 2014 3:40 PM

    This is wrong beyond the nfl non punishment the judicial system is a joke $=get off

  26. justintuckrule says: Jun 5, 2014 3:43 PM

    So not only was he on pills, he was drunk too?? Pills don’t show up on BAC tests.

    He is a menace to society. If Goodell is not to be a hypocrite and is to hold Irsay to the “higher standard” that was promised, Goodell must lower the boom on him!

  27. wtfchiefs says: Jun 5, 2014 3:59 PM

    Bummer. I guess he’s only going to be able to fly his private jet around to get from place to place now.

  28. freebledsoe says: Jun 5, 2014 4:01 PM

    We have the same type of law in Minnesota. Refuse to take the sobriety test=automatic suspension of license. The DUI case can continue. However if you injure someone in a crash, you can be forced to submit to a drug/alcohol test.

    I wonder why the “felony possession of controlled substances” charges were dropped? Perhaps I just missed that story.

    I don’t think anyone is going to be happy with the discipline, or lack of, that Irsay is subjected to by the NFL. Goodell is employed by the owners, any discipline he metes out will need to approved by the other owners if he wants to remain employed.

  29. bornahawker says: Jun 5, 2014 4:02 PM

    why would a guy with his cash not have a limo rolling his ass everywhere anyway? Didn’t this moron watch the movie “arthur”? He is a modern day depiction of Arthur! Thats it, Arthur Irsay, heir to a fortune and no brains!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. scw1993 says: Jun 5, 2014 4:03 PM

    There are different rules applied for different owners, and different rules for different players. If two players break the same rule, and their history is the same, one player’s infraction gets swept under the rug never to be spoken of again because he’s the golden boy of the nfl, and the other would probably be lowered to 20th on the qb hit parade instead of top 5. That’s just how it is in the nfl, and in life.

  31. reporterofthetruth says: Jun 5, 2014 4:17 PM

    Have any tweets been launched?

  32. coalcreekrabbit says: Jun 5, 2014 4:25 PM

    Seriously…… That isn’t punishment for a guy that can actually afford a driver. The state of Indiana should be embarrassed!!!

  33. joemammy says: Jun 5, 2014 4:36 PM

    OMG… What’s a billionaire to do?

  34. billscastdotcom says: Jun 5, 2014 4:47 PM

    “There‚Äôs only one valid reason Jim Irsay would have driven under the influence.

    Trent Richardson was on his fantasy team.”

    Or you could have traded a first rounder for him to be on your actual team.

  35. baddegg says: Jun 5, 2014 4:51 PM

    It does affect him.

    He wasn’t using a driver before. He wants to be alone when he’s doing his thing.

    Now he has a “chaperone.” Maybe he can pay the guy hush money but no it’s not the same.

  36. colv says: Jun 5, 2014 4:54 PM

    Should be made to sell team. Dirtbag, drunk, druggie. He could have afforded a driver but I guess didn’t want the driver to see what he was doing with some 20 plus thousand in his vehicle. NFL double standard.

  37. justintuckrule says: Jun 5, 2014 4:58 PM

    The real punishment would have been to FORCE him to drive everywhere himself in a vehicle equipped with the blow tube gizmo.

    You want to be dumb enough to drive when you have enough money to be chauffered everywhere? Fine…you’re driving everywhere yourself now and you better be sober doing it or your rear end can sit in your Indianapolis office tweeting your half-baked miseries to everyone.

    I should be a judge.

  38. gojags says: Jun 5, 2014 5:09 PM

    would have better if they have suspended Irsay’s twitter account as well.

  39. mrlaloosh says: Jun 5, 2014 5:22 PM

    OMG! When will this madness end! Poor Jim. I really really feel sorry for him.NOT……

  40. edelmanfanclub says: Jun 5, 2014 5:33 PM

    Why is this a surprise? The rich aren’t treated equally in this country. They never will be either.

  41. apsmith307 says: Jun 5, 2014 5:59 PM

    I’m sure Mr.Goodell,is waiting for all the facts…before he does nada …

  42. djaehne says: Jun 5, 2014 6:11 PM

    ah its good to be rich in the state of Indiana.

  43. jfk69 says: Jun 5, 2014 6:59 PM

    Today Jim Irsay’s driver just resigned. He stated..It was bad enough when he had a license. Now I got to be cleaning puke as well as driving seven days a week.
    It just ain’t worth it.

  44. lolo376 says: Jun 5, 2014 7:19 PM

    One thing you gotta love about this country is equal rights, too bad we can’t say that we also have the same punishments regardless of how much money you have. They need to make an example out of him, treat him like a player, he’s an owner and should act like one, and not act like someone out of college.

  45. bc01red says: Jun 5, 2014 8:17 PM

    Now he can pay people to drive him around when he’s all messed.

  46. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Jun 5, 2014 8:46 PM

    Since this has no impact on him given he is rich and can have a chauffeur the judge needs to get creative and give him a sentence of being on call to chauffeur to other drunks too inebriated to drive for a year.

  47. annes22 says: Jun 5, 2014 10:04 PM

    The NFL need to do the right thing, and suspend him. He’s lost his licence for a year so that tells you something.
    He’s got a problem, and deserves the same as a normal person with no money. It’s obvious money buys plenty on here with NFL players who have done something stupid.

  48. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Jun 5, 2014 10:25 PM

    You’re breaking my heart….

  49. Aaron says: Jun 5, 2014 10:32 PM

    Take away his Twitter account for a year…hit him where it really hurts

  50. babygaga19 says: Jun 5, 2014 10:45 PM

    Irsay will be driving tomorrow. Goodell has booked a deal. Dudes, it all about the money.

  51. campcouch says: Jun 6, 2014 12:03 AM

    Even the rich enjoy the freedom to hop in their car and go where they want. Even with money,why would you pay someone to drive you to the store or go on errands for you? That’s some New York party or LA premier stuff. Now this is more of an inconvenience than a punishment. You might be surprised how many million or even billionaires live around the block from you and keep a low profile just by living in a normal house and driving themselves. If he receives equal punishment under the local and state laws then what the NFL does to him is irrelevant. They’re not going to cripple one of their money making franchises and they can’t come up with a ridiculous fine. I can’t even see a suspension. Personally I can’t see what the league can do to him besides suggesting he enter counselling.

  52. gofor2with3pointlead says: Jun 6, 2014 7:11 PM

    Having worked in and around the criminal justice system for over fifteen years, I understand the acrimony directed at Irsay. Not everyone get’s what they deserve, that’s not our system is supposed to work. And while he’s no Saint, nor even an average boyscout, the reduction of charges in this case, appear to be more likely a reflection of no previous record. Considering how Irsay came into his money, it’s not bloody likely money hasn’t fixed something for him before this though.

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