ATLANTA — FOX59 was there in Atlanta for the NFL Owners meeting as Colts owner Jim Irsay spoke publicly for the first time since his March arrest.
Irsay was quick to point out that Indianapolis’ bid committee still has some surprises up its sleeve, but just as quick to dodge questions about his arrest and stint in rehab.
“I’m not really addressing those issues. … I’m here like always to try and get this Super Bowl for Indianapolis,” Irsay said.
Asked if he felt he owed the city of Indianapolis and Colts fans an apology, Irsay again told the media he would not answer questions about his personal situation and did not offer up an apology.
Formal charges have yet to be filed in Hamilton County against Irsay, who was arrested by Carmel police on March 16 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and found with several types of pills in his car.
As for his health, Irsay said he’s feeling better but still has a long road ahead to physical recovery.
“I still have a little ways to go from a rehab standpoint and everything. I’m not ready to hit the golf course yet,” Irsay said.
Irsay said he had no plans to discuss his situation with owners or Commissioner Roger Goodell, instead saying he’s focused on the bid and on bringing the Super Bowl back to Indianapolis in 2018.
“It’s not really avoiding an elephant in the room, it’s going forward with the business at hand,” Irsay said.