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:
Deepest thx to family, friends, fans, colleagues for the messages of support, thoughts and prayers. Impossible to tell u how much this means— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) March 17, 2014
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."
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.
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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