The NFL is fining Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay $500,000 and suspending him for six games for violating the league’s ethics policies.
Irsay pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of impaired driving this morning.
During his suspension, Irsay is not allowed to be “present at the club’s facility, may not attend any practices or games, may not represent the club at league or league committee meetings or at any other team or league event, and may not conduct media interviews or engage in social media regarding any team or league matters,” a press release from the NFL indicates.
“I have stated on numerous occasions that owners, management personnel and coaches must be held to a higher standard than players,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told Irsay in a letter. “We discussed this during our meeting and you expressed your support for that view, volunteering that owners should be held to the highest standard.”
Irsay had faced two charges, but as part of a deal with the Hamilton County Prosecutors Office agreed to plead guilty to one charge.
The second charge was dismissed, but Irsay will be sentenced to one year of probation and will lose his driver‘s license for a year. He will also pay almost $370 in court costs, will be subject to drug testing and have to attend a victim impact panel.
Police pulled Irsay over in Carmel in March after noticing him driving slowly near the intersection of Horseferry Road and Main Street.
Police found $29,000 in cash and numerous prescription pills, but a spokesman for the Hamilton County prosecutor says Irsay avoided a felony charge because he had prescriptions for the pills.
Irsay did not speak to reporters at the Hamilton County courthouse except to thank his friends and Colts fans for their support.
His first game back he will be allowed back is against the Houston Texans on October 9.