Colts owner Jim Irsay will be watching Andrew Luck from his home instead of a luxury box at Lucas Oil Stadium.
In response to his recent suspension and fine by the NFL following a guilty plea on charges relating to a drunk driving incident in March, Colts owner Jim Irsay issued a statement apologizing for his behavior and committing himself to getting better.
“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,” Irsay said regarding his guilty plea to DUI on Tuesday. “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.”
Under the terms of the suspension, Irsay is banned for six games from all activities relating to the Indianapolis Colts – he cannot even enter his own stadium during games. He also received a $500,000 fine and a ban on social media for the duration of his suspension.