Jim Irsay On 2014 Arrest: Claims Prejudice Because He’s A Rich, White Billionaire


In a recent interview with HBO Sports, Jim Irsay, the owner of the Indianapolis Colts, made shocking allegations that he was targeted and arrested in 2014 due to his status as a “rich, white billionaire.” These claims have raised questions about potential prejudice within the criminal justice system.

Key Takeaway

Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts, claims he was targeted and arrested in 2014 because of his wealth and race. This raises questions about potential prejudice in the criminal justice system.

The Arrest and Allegations

During the interview with Andrea Kremer, Irsay was asked if his DUI arrest in Carmel, Indiana was a low point for him. He responded by stating, “I am prejudiced against because I’m a rich, white billionaire. If I’m just the average guy down the block, they’re not pulling me in, of course not.”

Carmel police had initially stopped Irsay for driving too slowly and failing to use his turn signal. They later arrested him after he allegedly failed sobriety tests. The incident was captured on dashcam footage, which showed Irsay struggling to walk and exhibiting apparent signs of impairment.

Irsay disputed the arrest, claiming that he had recently undergone hip surgery and was in pain during the incident. He argued that the request to perform a sobriety test was unreasonable given his condition.

The Consequences

Irsay ultimately pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He received a sentence of 1 year probation. During the interview, Irsay stated that he accepted the plea deal to put an end to the case swiftly.

The Response

In response to Irsay’s allegations, the Carmel Police Department expressed regret and defended the professionalism of its officers. They issued a statement saying, “We are very sorry to hear that comment about our officers and our department. We have a very professional agency consisting of officers that strive to protect our community with integrity and professionalism.”