Will Irsay’s arrest impact Indy’s chance at hosting another Super Bowl?

(Provided Photo/Hamilton County Jail)
(Provided Photo/Hamilton County Jail)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The arrest of Jim Irsay comes just two months before Indianapolis makes its pitch to host another Super Bowl. But will his arrest make any difference?

At the Grady and Big Joe show on 1070 the Fan Monday morning, shortly after the news of the arrest broke, callers were worried about Jim Irsay the man, more than the impact his arrest might have on a Super Bowl bid.

“Four felonies, that’s, that’s deep,” one caller said.

“Been through it. Know how hard it is. 80 percent of people that go through any kind of a program, go back to it, and 6o percent of those people who go through it again, go back to it,” another called said.

“It festers in your brain. And there’s really nothing you can do except fight it day by day,” said Joe Staysniak, one of the shows co-hosts, who played for the Colts. “I played for the man. Worked for him for a long long time. I know deep down he’s a good guy,” he said.

At the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Monday, one local resident, Ray Gonzales, pointed out, hosting the Super Bowl goes well beyond Jim Irsay.

“The whole community came together to host 2012, it wasn’t just Jim Irsay. So hopefully we can pull it off again and get another chance,” he said.

Allison Melangton, president of the Indiana Sports Corp., which is heading up the city’s Super Bowl bid effort, sent this 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.”

Melangton wouldn’t comment further.

In September, the owners of the Minneosta Vikings, one of two rivals for the 2018 Super Bowl, were ordered by a judge to pay nearly $85 million for allegedly cheating their partners in an apartment complex investment. So, the Colts owner is not alone among NFL owners facing trouble with the law.

It’s the owners who ultimately make the decision on which team gets the big game. They will vote in May.

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