Recovering from Respiratory Illness
Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts, recently took to social media to update fans on his health. “On the mend,” he posted on X, “Grateful for all the messages of love and support.” The Colts also released a statement stating that Irsay was receiving “excellent care” for his illness and requested privacy during this time.
Reports Indicate Overdose
While the team mentioned Irsay’s respiratory illness, there have been reports of a police report from December stating that he was found unresponsive in his home due to a “suspected overdose.” According to TMZ Sports, first responders were called to Irsay’s home in Carmel, Indiana, where he was struggling to breathe and was administered Narcan, a drug used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
A History of Struggles
This is not the first time that Irsay has faced addiction issues. In a 2014 interview with Andrea Kremer on “Real Sports,” he revealed that he had been to rehab “at least 15 times.” He also shared a harrowing near-death experience that served as a wake-up call. “So all of a sudden, I start slurring my words. And then code blue, I stop breathing. And they revive me and the doctor goes, ‘Jim, you’re one lucky man because I had virtually signed the death certificate.'”
In 2014, Irsay checked himself into rehab after being arrested and charged with driving under the influence and possession of controlled substances. He had various prescription drugs in his possession during the arrest, along with a substantial amount of cash. Although he had his felony charges dismissed, his license was suspended for a year after refusing a blood test.
Privacy and Support
During this challenging time, Irsay and the Colts organization have requested privacy as he focuses on his recovery. The owner of the Colts since 1984, Irsay has been a prominent figure in the sports world. Despite his battles with addiction, he remains grateful for the outpouring of love and support from fans and well-wishers.