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Jim Irsay Suspended Six Games , FIned by NFL

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Jim IrsayThe NFL handed out a penalty to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay today. He has been suspended six games and fined $500,000 after pleading guilty to one misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. The suspension took effect at 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday

Earlier in the day Irsay was in an Indiana courtroom, pleading guilty to a misdemeanor account of driving while intoxicated. The 55-year-old Irsay admitted to a judge he was under the influence of the painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone when he was arrested March 16 near his home in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel.]

Irsay issued a statement following the proceeding an suspension.

“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 in a statement released shortly after the NFL announced the penalties. “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.”

Roger Goodell issued a stament if his own in stern language.

“I have stated on numerous occasions that owners, management personnel and coaches must be held to a higher standard than players,” Goodell said to Irsay in a letter, which was attached to the league’s statement. “We discussed this during our meeting and you expressed your support for that view, volunteering that owners should be held to the highest standard.

The fine matches the fourth-largest in NFL history and is the heftiest handed down by Goodell since 2007, when New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick also was fined $500,000 for his role in the infamous “Spygate” scandal.

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