Colts Owner Pleads Guilty To OWI

By Ian Hoover- 21Alive

Credit: Hamilton County Jail

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, 54, of Carmel, arrested May 17, 2014.

September 2, 2014 Updated Sep 2, 2014 at 3:14 PM EDT

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has pleaded guilty to one charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-c misdemeanor.

As part of the plea agreement, Irsay's license will be suspended for a year, he'll serve one year of probation, and will have to undergo drug testing.

Irsay was arrested in March of 2014 on two DUI charges and was accused of being under the influence of prescription painkillers.

The NFL handed down a six game suspension in light of today's guilty plea.

Irsay released the following statement:

"I acknowledge the mistake I made last March and stand responsible for the consequences of that mistake, for which I sincerely apologize to our community and to Colts fans everywhere. Even more importantly, though, I am committed to do everything in my power to turn this whole experience into a positive event for myself, my family, and the community. In retrospect, I now know that the incident opened my eyes to issues in my life that needed addressing and helped put me on the path to regain my health. I truly hope and pray that my episode will help in some small measure to diminish the stigma surrounding our country’s terrible and deadly problem of addiction. It is a disease like other progressive, terminal diseases—one that can only be successfully treated by understanding, committed hard work, and spiritual growth. I am deeply grateful for the tremendous outpouring of love and support during these past few months from my family, friends, care-givers, and our great community. Please know I am firmly committed to staying on my path to good health and I look forward to a great season."




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