Colts owner Jim Irsay says he’s ‘on the mend’ from severe respiratory illness after police suspected overdose

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Colts owner Jim Irsay, 64, is receiving treatment for a severe respiratory illness, the team said last month in a statement to the Indianapolis Star. A month prior, Irsay was found “unresponsive” in what police believe may have been a suspected overdose of medication. However, Irsay posted on social media Tuesday of Super Bowl week that he is recovering. 

“On the mend. Grateful for all the messages of love and support,” Irsay posted. 

Emergency responders found Irsay unresponsive in his Indiana home around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 8, documenting that he was unconscious and “cold to the touch” and that his skin had a “bluish tint,” according to Carmel Police records obtained by CBS Sports Lead NFL Insider Jonathan Jones. An officer administered Narcan (specifically naloxone), which is commonly used to reverse opioid overdoses, to which Irsay “responded slightly to.” Paramedics later transported him to a hospital.

According to police that night, “it is unknown what Mr. Irsay had ingested prior to our arrival.” Under injury information, police listed Irsay’s condition as “Impaired/Drugs.”

The Colts released the following statement Wednesday morning (via The Indianapolis Star): “Mr. Irsay continues to recover from his respiratory illness. We will have no further comment on his personal health, and we continue to ask that Jim and his family’s privacy be respected.”

Irsay had been active on social media in early January, but he hasn’t spoken publicly in weeks. That lack of availability led media to wonder about his absence given Irsay is traditionally quick to speak at the conclusion of NFL seasons, often providing extensive comments on his team, which ended the 2023 campaign with a Week 18 loss to the Texans. If…


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Publish date : 2024-02-06 21:06:34

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