Jim Irsay could still face discipline from the NFL for his arrest. (Darron Cummings/AP)
On Monday morning, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He also faces four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance after police found several Schedule IV prescription drugs in his vehicle.
After news of Irsay's arrest came to light, people in the media and around the Colts organization began sharing the belief that Irsay was going down a dark path. Members of the Colts organization had urged Irsay to enter a rehab facility before everything reached a boiling point, and he seems to have finally taken their advice.
The team announced on Tuesday afternoon that Irsay had voluntarily checked himself in to a rehab facility.
“Yesterday, Jim Irsay took the first step toward regaining good health,” the Colts said in a statement released on Tuesday.
“He voluntarily checked into a highly-respected health care facility and is committed to undergoing the treatment and care necessary to help him meet his challenges head-on. Jim, the Irsay family, and the Colts organization are all deeply appreciative of the incredible outpouring of support and compassion from our fans and the Indiana community.”
It is encouraging to see Irsay taking the necessary steps to beat his addiction and hopefully he will be able to get the help and support that he needs to regain control of his life.
Whether his decision to enter the rehab facility on his own helps limit the punishment he receives from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell remains to be seen, but that is of secondary importance as his main focus should be on taking care of his health.