ATLANTA, Georgia (WISH) – Jim Irsay broke his silence Monday. For the first time since he went into rehab after his arrest for driving under the influence, he talked to reporters.
It happened at the NFL owners meeting in Atlanta. The Colts owner wanted to talk about the pitch for Super Bowl 52, not his arrest .
It happened in a packed hallway at the NFL owners meeting hotel.
“If you want to talk about the Super Bowl bid or the Colts, I’m here to answer that, I’m not going to say anything beyond that,” Irsay said.
Irsay answered questions, but not the ones on everyone’s minds.
“It’s not avoiding the elephant in the room really. It’s going forward with the business at hand,” he said.
Willing to explain why he thought Indianapolis deserved another chance to host a Super Bowl, Irsay said, “My feeling is from the heart. My feeling is we did such an incredible feeling the first time.”
He was unwilling to say much at all about his arrest and rehab.
Irsay did say he’s spoken to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, but wouldn’t say what they’ve talked about.
He also wouldn’t speculate about how his troubles with the law and controlled substances might affect Indianapolis’ bid for Super Bowl 52.
“You know, I know in terms of trying to intertwine issues like that is your job. But again I’m not really addressing those issues,” he said.
Irsay will get his five minutes in front of the other 31 owners on Tuesday at about 2:40 p.m. He says he has been in contact with Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner, and will continue to do so. But beyond that he wouldn’t say much about what happened in his private life.