Phil Perry, CSNNE:
Maybe Irsay felt some responsibility to credit the Patriots for their conference championship after his team helped kick-start an investigation into how the Patriots used under-inflated footballs in the AFC title game. That investigation now looms over Super Bowl Week in Phoenix, sullying reputation of the Patriots organization, as well as that of the league, which many believe ran a sting operation to catch New England doing something illegal.

The 2014 NFL season ended the way it started for Jim Irsay and his Indianapolis Colts. It started on the wrong foot with the March 17, 2014 arrest. The charges were operating a vehicle while intoxicated and four counts of possession of a controlled substance. Jim's Colts crashed and burned in the AFC title game against the New England Patriots, losing 45-7.

Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy and Ray McDonald all looked for some loophole that could deflect blame. For Rice, it was the elevator video. For Peterson, it was "we all use the switch in Texas." Hardy wanted the judge to wait until "after the season." Ray McDonald said his wife "attacked him." For Jim Isray, it is Deflategate...."Talk of days,of how they sit and wait.........all will be revealed...."

Jim Irsay caught a huge break from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in his suspension. Goodell opted against the forfeiture of a draft pick or any other competitive penalty against the Colts because Irsay's conduct did not have competitive consequences.

I see where there was no activity on your twitter account from August 31, 2014 - October 10, 2014.

The NFL suspended Irsay for six games and fined him $500,000. The six-game suspension, which also prevented Irsay from using social media or doing interviews, ended Oct. 10. The Twitter ban appeared to be worse than the fine.

USA Today:
Jim Irsay pleaded guilty to one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a Class C misdemeanor. He also admitted to having hydrocodone, oxycodone and alprazolam (Xanax) in his system. Carmel, IN officers who searched Irsay's vehicle said they "recovered numerous prescription medication bottles containing pills," along with $29,029 in cash.

In September, a Hamilton County judge sentenced Irsay to one year of probation, during which he may not consume or possess alcohol, and his driver's license was revoked for one year and 40 days.

Jim Irsay was also charged with one more federal crime, "Murdering the King's English."

Paul Murphy is a freelance writer from New Hampshire.

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