Jim Irsay's Daughter Carlie Irsay-Gordon Will Fill in During Owner's Absence

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IMarch 19, 2014

Indianapolis Colts vice chair/owner Carlie Irsay-Gordon, center, presents a jersey to Scott West, left, and his wife Julie West, right, during halftime of an NFL football game between the Colts and the Seattle Seahawks in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. The West's son Jake West, a 17-year-old LaPorte High School student, collapsed during football practice and later died of an enlarged heart on Sept. 25. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay's daughter Carlie Irsay-Gordon will take over the reins of the NFL franchise in her father's absence, according to Indy Star's Stephen Holder.   

The 54-year-old Irsay recently entered into a treatment facility following his arrest on Sunday night for Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) and Possession of Controlled Substance, per the Carmel Police Department. Irsay was released from Hamilton County Jail on Monday and will begin treatment for an "undetermined length of time," per Holder.

The Colts confirmed Irsay's decision to get help via a press release on Tuesday:

Yesterday, Jim Irsay took the first step toward regaining good health. 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.

Upon being released from jail on Monday, Irsay took to Twitter to express his gratitude for the support:

The 33-year-old Irsay-Gordon is one of Irsay's three daughters and has experience in a front-office role, representing the team at NFL owners meetings over the past decade, according to Yahoo! Sports' Eric Edholm

Therefore, she should be well prepared heading into 2014's NFL owner meetings, which begin on Sunday in Orlando, Fla., and carry on through Wednesday.

ESPN sports business analyst Andrew Brandt explains why Irsay's absence is unlikely to have a significant impact on the Colts franchise in the coming days and weeks, via Holder's report:

"In many ways, a franchise does run itself. The only time an owner's involvement is absolutely required is when you're getting into a huge cash outlay, such as during the past week with free agency."

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 21:  Indianapolis Colts NFL team owner Jim Irsay address the media at the Roosevelt Hotelon March 21, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Despite a NFL owners imposed lockout in effect since March 12, the league is conducting it's annu
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Although Irsay's arrest casts the Colts in a negative light during a truly exciting and promising time for the franchise, the timing clearly could have been much worse. More than one week into the free-agency period, the Colts have already made their key offseason spending decisions and the 2014 NFL draft is still two months away. 

On top of that, the Colts' first-round draft pick belongs to the Cleveland Browns, who acquired it in last September's Trent Richardson trade. 

More importantly, however, is that no one was harmed in the incident and that Irsay is moving forward and seeking help.

It's still a mystery as to how long Irsay will be away from the front office, but for now, Colts fans can take solace in the fact the NFL offseason has reached a lull.


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