It is less than two weeks from the 30-year anniversary of Bob Irsay and the Mayflower vans rolling out of the Baltimore Colts training facility in Owings Mills. This week, we found out once again that Jim Irsay doesn't appear to have escaped the substance abuse problems that plagued his father.
He appeared thin and somewhat disoriented as he left the police station in Indianapolis, saying only: “Guys I'm not going to comment right now, thank you.”
Irsay inherited the Indianapolis Colts from his father in 1997. He now faces charges of driving while intoxicated and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance.
Irsay was pulled over late Sunday night, near his home outside of Indianapolis. Police say he failed field sobriety tests and he was taken into custody. They also say they found multiple prescription drugs inside his vehicle.
When Irsay's father owned the colts, he famously fumbled his way through a long news conference at BWI, apparently intoxicated, where he denied rumors that he planned to move the team out of Baltimore.
At the time, WMAR’s Scott Garceau was covering the Super Bowl -- he interviewed Jim Irsay, shortly after his father’s debacle at BWI.
“He apologized to me and said he really didn't know what was happening with his dad and I think he was accurate,” Garceau said. “I'm not sure how much he knew at that point because I'm not sure dad knew at that point.”
Garceau said in addition to his legal problems Jim Irsay is likely to face some kind of sanction from the National Football League.
He says he hopes fans in Baltimore don't equate what Bob Irsay did 30 years ago to his son's problems now.
“There might be some 'Oh we hated the Irsays they moved the team, good for Jimmy.’ I don't feel that way at all I hope he gets some help and gets back on his feet,” Garceau said.
Jim Irsay is now 54 years old. He admitted that he had a dependency on painkillers back in 2002.
He'll have a preliminary hearing on his new charges next Wednesday.