Report: Colts owner Jim Irsay 'desperately needs help'

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Colts owner Jim Irsay was arrested Sunday night and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, along with four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. But this isn't a surprise, at least to read the Indianapolis Star on Monday.

A source told columnist Bob Kravitz that Irsay is "a sick, sick man" who "desperately needs help." And Kravitz adds: "For years, Colts insiders have known that Irsay was struggling again with drugs. For years, they fought to get him into rehabilitation. At the very least, they fought to get him a driver in the hopes of keeping away from getting behind the wheel."

More from Kravitz:

The Colts have been cleaning up Irsay's messes for years now. Time and again, Irsay dismissed the concerns of his close friends and confidantes, even if his increasingly gaunt physical appearance sent up red flags throughout the community.

I asked him two months ago about his weight loss, which has brought him from 235 pounds to 165 pounds, and he insisted that the doctors wanted him to lose weight to keep the strain off his troublesome back and hip.

Back in 2002, Irsay admitted to abusing prescription painkillers.

Jim Irsay has reportedly struggled with drugs. (USATSI)
Jim Irsay has reportedly struggled with drugs. (USATSI)

“After several years of orthopedic operations and procedures, accompanied by long bouts of chronic pain, I became dependent on prescription pain medications,” he said at the time. “I have successfully dealt with my dependence and my chronic pain issues. This has been a personal journey, and I ask that my privacy, as well as that of my family, be respected on this health issue.”

Now Irsay will almost certainly face discipline from the league office for violating the personal conduct policy, which applies to everyone, not just players.

“All persons associated with the NFL are required to avoid ‘conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the National Football League,’” the policy states, via PFT.  “This requirement applies to players, coaches, other team employees, owners, game officials, and all others privileged to work in the National Football League.” 

Meanwhile, Irsay faces more pressing issues.

Based on conversations with team officials and friends, Kravitz writes that the Colts owner "is a man fighting for his life."

"Get some help, James," Kravitz continues. "Please, get some help."

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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