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Jim Irsay Suspended Six Games and Fined $500,000

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Rob Carr

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has been suspended for 6 games and fined $500,000 for his most recent run in with the law.

Here is the official release from the NFL:

Following his plea of guilty to one misdemeanor count of driving while impaired, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has been suspended for the team's first six regular-season games and fined $500,000 for violating the league's Personal Conduct Policy, the NFL announced today. Mr. Irsay will be eligible to return following the Colts' game against the Houston Texans on October 9.

Terms of the suspension imposed by Commissioner Roger Goodell include the following:

-          During the suspension, which takes effect at 5 p.m. ET tomorrow, Mr. Irsay may not be present at the club's facility, may not attend any practices or games, may not represent the club at league or league committee meetings or at any other team or league event, and may not conduct media interviews or engage in social media regarding any team or league matters.

-          In addition, Mr. Irsay is fined $500,000, the maximum permitted under league rules.

-          Mr. Irsay will be subject to ongoing treatment, counseling, and testing as determined by medical professionals and the Indiana court.

Commissioner Goodell noted that no draft choice forfeiture or other competitive sanction will be assessed because the conduct did not have competitive consequences.

In a letter to Mr. Irsay, Commissioner Goodell said, "I have stated on numerous occasions that owners, management personnel and coaches must be held to a higher standard than players. We discussed this during our meeting and you expressed your support for that view, volunteering that owners should be held to the highest standard."

$500,000 is the max an owner can fined under the CBA. It should be no surprise here that Roger Goodell came down hard. There was no way he was going to let Irsay off with just a slap on the wrist after the heat he took from the whole Ray Rice thing.