Jim Irsay Trial: Latest Updates on Colts Owner's DWI Charges

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistAugust 19, 2014

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay announces that head coach Chuck Pagano has been diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia, during an NFL football news conference at the team's headquarters in Indianapolis, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Michael Conroy/Associated Press

Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 2

Jeremy Brilliant of WTHR in Indianapolis reported that Irsay has arrived for his hearing on Tuesday:

Updates from Thursday, Aug. 21

Channel 6 in Indianapolis reports that Irsay's trial has been delayed:

A request by Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay to have his trial delayed has been granted.

The trial date was initially set for Aug. 28, but a motion for continuance was filed by Irsay’s lawyers Monday.

Irsay's new court date is scheduled for Oct. 30 at 9 a.m.

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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has been a hot topic of conversation throughout the offseason, awaiting a potential punishment from the NFL following a DWI arrest in March, but his day in actual court may not be until after the season starts.    

According to a report from Mark Alesia and Tim Evans of The Indianapolis Star, Irsay requested a delay for his trial that was scheduled for Aug. 28:

A Hamilton Superior Court spokeswoman said today that Irsay's request for a delay of his trial on two misdemeanor charges of impaired driving will likely put the trial date in late October or early November. That is in the middle of the Colts' regular season.

Lawyers filed the request Monday. The Hamilton County prosecutor is not opposing the delay, spokesman Andre Miksha said today.

Following Irsay's arrest in March, Charles D. Wilson of the Associated Press, via Yahoo Sports, reported the Colts owner is facing "preliminary charges of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance."

Jim Irsay's mugshot following his arrest.
Jim Irsay's mugshot following his arrest.Uncredited/Associated Press

Wilson's report also said that if Irsay is charged and convicted on the felony counts, "he could face six months to three years in prison on each count."

In June, three months after his arrest, Irsay spoke to Bob Kravitz of The Indianapolis Star about his history with alcohol and addiction:

These diseases, both alcoholism and addiction, much like bipolar or depression and different illnesses, are still not seen as real diseases. People shy away from seeking help because it's viewed as being somewhat morally off the path, that they've lost their way. I really think the disease aspect gets lost when you're talking about alcoholism and addiction; it's not like you're battling leukemia or a heart problem; it is that. But even in 2014, there's still this stigma.

Even though the NFL has been mum about a potential suspension for Irsay, ESPN's Adam Schefter (h/t Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com) reported in June that the expectation was commissioner Roger Goodell would suspend the Colts owner for "six to eight games and a fine of about $1 million."

The NFL tends to wait after one of its employees has his or her day in court before handing out punishment, though Irsay is a unique case because he doesn't work for the league but represents it as an owner. 

Whether that changes Goodell's timetable or not is unclear, but based on these reports, it doesn't sound like there will be a legal resolution in Irsay's case for at least two months. 


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