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Jim Irsay agrees to plea deal

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Colts owner Jim Irsay and Indianapolis prosecutors have reached an agreement on a plea deal related to Irsay’s impaired driving arrest.

The prosecutor’s office confirmed to the Indianapolis Star that Irsay, who previously pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor charges, will change his plea next week.

“I can confirm that Mr. Irsay’s case has been set for a change of plea hearing on Tuesday, September 2nd at 11:00 a.m. in Hamilton Superior Court IV,” Andre Miksha, a spokesman for the Hamilton County prosecutor said. “I cannot provide any details of — or even verify the existence of — an agreement unless and until one would be tendered to the Court at such a hearing.”

Prosecutors say that when Irsay was pulled over on March 16, he had “oxycodone and/or hydrocodone” in his system and officers “continuously had to support Irsay in order to prevent him from falling over.”

Irsay is expected to face league discipline, but such discipline has not yet been announced.

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45 Responses to “Jim Irsay agrees to plea deal”
  1. clownsfan says: Aug 29, 2014 5:02 PM

    Of course he did

  2. crush22 says: Aug 29, 2014 5:04 PM

    Best owner in the NFL.

  3. ctiggs says: Aug 29, 2014 5:04 PM

    4 years in jail is what he should get.

  4. flannlv says: Aug 29, 2014 5:05 PM

    Goodell punishment:

    Don’t do it again.

  5. skawh says: Aug 29, 2014 5:05 PM

    I’m rich, of course I arranged to get a better deal than an average Joe blow!

  6. clashpoint says: Aug 29, 2014 5:08 PM

    Drinking, drugging and driving. Usually it takes a player two totally different incidents to pull that one off. Does that count as two simultaneous strikes?

  7. jchipwood says: Aug 29, 2014 5:09 PM

    Who cares? Hes an owner.

  8. indymarc says: Aug 29, 2014 5:11 PM

    I’m glad I don’t have an addiction problem. To live in their day to day world would be incredibly difficult. – I wish all of Jim Irsays critics could see how much good work he does for Indianapolis and a wide variety of organizations.

  9. onetobeamup says: Aug 29, 2014 5:12 PM

    Just look at that face. Classic drunk.

  10. The Colts tanked the 2011 season, but Andrew Luck is a bust, and Jim Irsay is a druggie. The entire Colts organization and their fans should be ashamed. says: Aug 29, 2014 5:12 PM

    Plea deal? Jim Irsay really is a crook.

  11. dietrich43 says: Aug 29, 2014 5:14 PM

    Rich white guy got favorable treatment in justice system? I’m shocked!

  12. lezmaka says: Aug 29, 2014 5:16 PM

    While I don’t disagree that rich people don’t usually get the same punishment the average person does, until we know the details of the plea, doesn’t seem like the case here. I know someone in Indianapolis that has been arrested twice for DUI within a 2 year span and got plea deals both times. Then she failed a urine test while on probation for one of the pleas and hasn’t served any time, and she is definitely not rich.

  13. aljack88 says: Aug 29, 2014 5:19 PM

    Irsay threatened to sneak the Colts off to another city…….

    indymarc – how much of your tax money went towards the Colts stadium?

  14. possumsauce says: Aug 29, 2014 5:20 PM

    Great news, now he can celebrate tonight with a case of Moet and five or six grams of Dilaudid.

  15. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 29, 2014 5:21 PM

    A plea deal. As in “Pleeeaaase don’t send me to jail…”.

  16. bucrightoff says: Aug 29, 2014 5:21 PM

    Hopefully being banned from Twitter is part of the plea deal.

  17. The Colts tanked the 2011 season, but Andrew Luck is a bust, and Jim Irsay is a druggie. The entire Colts organization and their fans should be ashamed. says: Aug 29, 2014 5:22 PM

    It must Andrew Suck to root for a team whose owner is a season tanker who does drugs.

  18. acinsd says: Aug 29, 2014 5:23 PM

    @indymarc, by charity are you referring to the home the he gave to his old “acquaintance” that she was found dead in from an overdose? Sign me up!

    Seriously, this guy is a scum bag just last his Dad and his Dad before him. If he were you or me, assuming you’re not a multi-millionaire, we would be looking at state time for what he did.

  19. indymarc says: Aug 29, 2014 5:25 PM

    Aljack88. How much money went to taxes? I’ll gladly pay tax to build a new stadium. I also bought a Colt plate from the BMV for an extra $50 to help build that stadium.

  20. cribbage12 says: Aug 29, 2014 5:26 PM

    Dare say, is it hearsay, tonight’s oxy party at Irsays?

  21. magicmtndan says: Aug 29, 2014 5:29 PM

    Plea deal means his team of lawyers were finally able to get him the best possible deal.

    Season tickets to the prosecutor and his staff probably helped that happen.

    Now we’ll wait for another year or two for King Goodell to bring the pillow hammer down on Irsay. They’ll probably ban him from any contact with his team which will make everyone on his team and in Indy VERY HAPPY.

    This guy makes drunks look good.

  22. vancouversportsbro says: Aug 29, 2014 5:32 PM

    Good thing he didn’t knock out his wife in an elevator, he would have gotten 2 games instead of 0.

  23. Ferdinand says: Aug 29, 2014 5:35 PM

    I am honestly shocked he didn’t get his lawyers to keep getting delay after delay until after the season ended so that the League could give him a wrist tickle punishment while most of the sports world was concentrating on basketball and hockey.

  24. andrewluck12 says: Aug 29, 2014 5:37 PM

    IndyMarc with ya man. Everyone outside of Indiana bashes a man that is more generous than any of their teams owner. Jim donated 10000 dollars to a l s after taking the ice bucket challenge. Literally gave out 100$ bills to people at camp. Damn near rebuilt that town that got ripped up by that tornado a few years ago. People just need to shut up about him

  25. bucsorbust says: Aug 29, 2014 5:40 PM

    Wow, you go from “not guilty” to “whatever, I’ll let you know”? I don’t recall that from “My Cousin Vinny.” Big ticket lawyers here for sure. How about this…

    If it was in your blood, you lose. You put the other people on the road…when you drove out of your skull….at risk, and that sucks. Getting his with a Caddy Escalade hurts as much as a ’88 Voyager.

    D-Bag!

  26. largent80100 says: Aug 29, 2014 5:43 PM

    An owner suspended? Only of he reaches Donald Sterling levels of outrage (and Sterling’s ban took over 2 decades).

    Irsay is garbage, luckiest owner of all time by getting two top prospects. It’ll will worth the wait for Luck’s retirement to see the Colts come back to their old shelf of picking #1 once in every two years.

    Maybe they’ll just move in the middle of the night when Indy refuses to pay a new stadium before Lucas Oil turns 20.

  27. maestro1899 says: Aug 29, 2014 5:44 PM

    Yet Josh Gordon is banished from his team and treated like he has the plague.

    Since Irsay has previous battles with substance abuse and alcohol (pattern of conduct?), I’m real curious to see how Roger the Dodger treats him in comparison to Josh Gordon.

    #FREEJOSHGORDON

  28. lifesuckshereinloserville says: Aug 29, 2014 5:46 PM

    Anyone else notice the correlation of how effed up the league has gotten to how long Goodell has been commish?

  29. madelf68 says: Aug 29, 2014 5:47 PM

    Let me see that wrist, Irsay, ’cause it’s SLAPPERIN’ TIME!!!

  30. macbull says: Aug 29, 2014 6:01 PM

    That should be good for a 2 game suspension…

  31. rajbais says: Aug 29, 2014 6:16 PM

    Now can we punish him???

    “Roger Badell” (cuz there’s nothing “Good” about him), since you made a mea culpa on Ray Rice … can you finally get after Irsay and Halsam???

  32. ufanforreal says: Aug 29, 2014 6:29 PM

    Colts fan here, talk in Colts land look for him to get 4-8 game suspension and a hefty fine.

  33. drewzducks says: Aug 29, 2014 6:37 PM

    Who cares. He’s the owner of a tanking, irrelevant franchise.

  34. imnga says: Aug 29, 2014 6:42 PM

    If Goodell is going to fair as to the punishments issued, he needs to hold Irsay, as an owner, to a higher standard than the players.

    Irsay should get a $10M fine, a 1 year suspension away from all NFL activities, up to 10 drug tests a month with the warning that a second offense (or failed drug/alcohol test) will result in him having to sell the team.

    Irsay can’t get a wrist slap and the players hammered by Goodell.

  35. ufanforreal says: Aug 29, 2014 6:44 PM

    acinsd says: Aug 29, 2014 5:23 PM

    @indymarc, by charity are you referring to the home the he gave to his old “acquaintance” that she was found dead in from an overdose? Sign me up!

    Seriously, this guy is a scum bag just last his Dad and his Dad before him. If he were you or me, assuming you’re not a multi-millionaire, we would be looking at state time for what he did.
    ——————————————————
    This being his first offense and being two misdemeanor charges in Indiana is, 60 days in jail and a maximum fine of $500, though it’s unlikely for Irsay to get jail time with this being his first offense.

  36. ufanforreal says: Aug 29, 2014 6:52 PM

    Another thing I forgot in my previous post, some if not most of you on here need to clean your own back yard before you past judgement on others.

  37. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 29, 2014 7:28 PM

    Didn’t you used to be Jim Irsay? Or did you change your name to Jim Beam?

  38. gotdebttoo says: Aug 29, 2014 7:48 PM

    First time offenders routinely receive easy plea deals. License suspension. Probation. Fines and fees. Rarely does anyone serve jail time. (Now some do to pay their fines, but most don’t) Why fight it? Accept the plea and move on.

    First time offenders in the NFL receive no suspension and a 2 game check fine.

    Why should Irsay get more? Well, I do think Goodell will bring a hammer to this. I see 8 games away from the facility and over a $1 million fine. But under those lines of the NFL law he would not be required to do so

  39. theuncletodd says: Aug 29, 2014 9:43 PM

    1. Josh Gordon – 1 year–for WEED (bad CBA deal)
    2. Goodell – the next day institutes a new wife beater policy—stunning–Rice is immune to the new sanctions
    3. Irsay -pilled up drunk going to skate because of #2

    One of these 3 is not like the others

  40. pantherfan40 says: Aug 29, 2014 10:15 PM

    Hes hanging out with jordan belfort too much

  41. ezmoover says: Aug 29, 2014 10:34 PM

    Billionaires rule.

    It’s good to be king.

  42. eviltwin007 says: Aug 30, 2014 12:23 AM

    It has already been reported that he is looking at a minimum 8 game suspension and a high six figure fine. But that was some time ago. Also I’m amazed that nobody posted anything about the cash he had stashed. You know because alot of you on here don’t know how to mind your business and worry about your own money.

  43. eviltwin007 says: Aug 30, 2014 12:35 AM

    indymarc says:
    Aug 29, 2014 5:11 PM
    I’m glad I don’t have an addiction problem. To live in their day to day world would be incredibly difficult. – I wish all of Jim Irsays critics could see how much good work he does for Indianapolis and a wide variety of organizations.
    ————————————————–
    No one on this site will ever see the good that Jim Irsay does for the community. Most people are ignorant and just get their news source from PFT only. I’m not here to defend what Irsay did. He made a mistake and will pay for it one way or another. I’m surprised he hasn’t done any public service announcements on the local media concerning the risks of driving under the influence whether it’s drugs or alcohol.

  44. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 30, 2014 3:20 AM

    Irsay will get a don’t do it again from Roger Bad dell (love the name change from the poster above).

    NFL owner v player justice under Baddell.

  45. cztikhldr4evr says: Aug 30, 2014 10:02 AM

    What player was ever been fined 10 million and a 8 game suspension, which one? In that case 1 million with 8-10 game suspension.
    Irsay plea agreement is a basically a parking ticket.
    Is Godell more powerful then our justice system.
    YOU better hope not. But if he is. I want to see players that just get a parking ticket fined 10 million with 8 game suspension. Fair is fair,
    Yes, I’m a Colts fan, season ticket holder 30 years,
    Big backer of JIM IRSAY not Bob. Does he need to be fined yes, should it be 10 mill and 10 game like everyone wants,no, needs to be inline with other fines. More then that Godell is out of control,

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