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Irsay asks for trial to be delayed

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Aug 18 2014 07:45:15 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 19 2014 09:40:33 AM CDT
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Hamilton County Jail

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is seeking a delay in his trial on charges of operating while intoxicated, the Indianapolis Star reported Monday.

According to the newspaper, one of Irsay's attorneys, Bruce Boje, filed to a motion in Hamilton (Indiana) Superior Court, asking for the trial to be pushed back from the scheduled Aug. 28 date.

Irsay faces misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and operating a vehicle with a controlled substance in the body, both in connection with his March 16 arrest during a traffic stop in Carmel, Indiana.

Irsay went into rehab after the arrest, when he reportedly failed multiple field sobriety tests and was in possession of nearly $30,000 in cash plus numerous prescription medications .

In June, Irsay told the Star that he remained alcohol-free and was attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

"These diseases, both alcoholism and addiction, much like bipolar or depression and different illnesses, are still not seen as real diseases," Irsay said during a two-hour interview with The Star. "People shy away from seeking help because it's viewed as being somewhat morally off the path, that they've lost their way. I really think the disease aspect gets lost when you're talking about alcoholism and addiction; it's not like you're battling leukemia or a heart problem; it is that. But even in 2014, there's still this stigma."

Irsay, 55, could face a maximum 120 jail days and a $1,000 fine if convicted on both charges. However, because he has no previous record, he likely would receive a more lenient punishment.

The NFL has yet to announce any penalty for Irsay despite criticism from the NFL Players Association, which maintains its members are dealt with more swiftly and harshly than management staff who run afoul of the law.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told WTHR-TV in Indianapolis on Monday that Irsay's case remains under review, adding, "There's no standard timeline. ... (It) just depends on the circumstances. Every issue is different."

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