Colts owner Jim Irsay will have to watch his team play from the comfort of his own home instead of a luxury suite in at the team’s stadium.
After pleading guilty to a misdemeanor account of driving while impaired, Colts owner Jim Irsay has been suspended by the NFL for six games and has been fined $500,000 for violating the league’s conduct policy. Irsay was arrested in March for drunk driving and drug possession.
According to the NFL ruling, Irsay “may not 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.” As one of the more active NFL owners on Twitter, the social media ban may hurt a little more than any of the other punishments.
It is worth noting that the Colts will not be required to forfeit draft choices, since Irsay’s conduct did not in any way affect the competitive balance of the NFL.
Since taking over day-to-day operations for the Colts from his father Bob Irsay in 1996, the Colts have made 14 playoff appearances, second only to the New England Patriots. The Colts appeared in two Superbowls and won Superbowl XLI over the Chicago Bears.