by Aaron Wilson
September 02, 02014
After pleading guilty to a misdemeanor driving while impaired, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was suspended for the first six games and fined the maximum $500,000 for violating the NFL personal conduct policy.
Irsay tested positive for oxcodone and other drugs following his arrest.
During the suspension, Irsay can't attend practices or games, go to the Colts' facility, represent the team at league functions, conduct media interviews or engage in social media regarding Colts or NFL matters.
Irsay is subject to ongoing treatment, counseling, and testing as determined by medical professionals and the Indiana court.
"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 said in a letter to Irsay. We discussed this during our meeting and you expressed your support for that view, volunteering that owners should be held to the highest standard.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun