Colts owner Jim Irsay checks into health-care facility


Colts owner Jim Irsay (center right) leaves Hamilton County Jail on Monday. (Alan Petersime / AP)

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has “voluntarily checked into a highly-respected health-care facility” after his arrest for driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance, the team announced in a statement Tuesday.

No further details were given, but the decision to enter treatment for the second time since 2002 came hours after he was charged with four counts of felony possession of a controlled substance and DUI. He was arrested Sunday night in Carmel, Ind.

“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,” the team’s statement said. “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.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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