INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Colts’ owner Jim Irsay has been a huge supporter of the city’s 2018 Super Bowl bid. Irsay’s arrest is prompting questions about the bid. Supporters wonder if his troubles will hurt the city’s chances at winning the 2o18 game.
Carmel Police pulled Irsay over Sunday, March 16th around 11:41 p.m. Officers said he was driving erratically and had pills with him. He was going 10 mph in a 35 mph zone and stopped in the middle of the road on at least two occasions, according to court documents. He then turned without using his signal, police said. Irsay also failed several field sobriety tests.
Irsay stood city leaders back in August when they announced Indianapolis was bidding to host the big game. Irsay pledged his full support and said he would do whatever it takes to bring the game here.
The Indianapolis City-County Council will discuss the Super Bowl bid during their meeting Monday night. Councillors will vote on a resolution to support the game and provide any necessary resources.
“And then he goes and gets arrested which I think could, I hope not but could put a damper on our ability to get the Super Bowl in 2018. I hope it does not,” said Councillor Mary Moriarty Adams.
A spokesperson for Indianapolis Sports Corporation released the following statement:
“Jim Irsay has created one of the best franchises in the NFL. He and the franchise have made immeasurable contributions to the City of Indianapolis and State of Indiana. We don’t have any detailed information about the incident and it would not be appropriate to comment on this further.”
NFL officials would not comment on the bid but said Irsay could be punished.
The preliminary Super Bowl bid is due April first. NFL owners are expected to make a decision when they meet at the end of May.