Colts owner Jim Irsay didn’t shed much light on the specifics of his current status with the NFL in his first interview since his arrest this spring, but he say he’s undergoing random drug tests, and the results of those tests are being shared with commissioner Roger Goodell.
Irsay talked to Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz, and though he wouldn’t say specifically why he failed a field sobriety test or whether he thought he should be held to a higher standard than players, he did describe his ongoing battle with addiction that stems from the pain of back and hip problems.
“It’s been a long path. I still have chronic pain. But it was the good thing . . . In some ways, [going through rehab] is my greatest moment,’’ he said. “It takes courage to try and overcome the difficulties you have. For some reason, it’s seen as unheroic. When someone beats cancer, it’s like, ‘Wow, that’s so heroic,’ but when someone has this illness, it’s treated like you’re a leper because that person is morally corrupt, and that’s not the case.’’
Irsay said he’s been alcohol-free for more than a decade, and was still taking pain medication, though it was closely monitored by his doctors and would eventually be decreased.
Browns OK with Manziel
The Browns aren’t worried about Johnny Manziel running out of bounds off the field. Or floating on pool rafts. After a weekend of partying in Texas, where he was photographed floating on an inflatable swan while drinking champagne in a nightclub pool, Manziel was on the field as the Browns opened a mandatory three-day minicamp.
The team is not making their popular Heisman Trophy-winning rookie quarterback — or starter Brian Hoyer — available to the media this week in Berea, Ohio.
Guilty verdict in Taylor killing
A man identified by prosecutors as the greedy organizer of a bungled 2007 Miami-area burglary that ended with the fatal shooting of Redskins star Sean Taylor was convicted of murder and burglary, and immediately sentenced to life in prison without parole.
A 12-person jury deliberated nearly four hours before finding Jason Mitchell, 25, guilty of first-degree felony murder and armed burglary. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy swiftly imposed the mandatory life sentence for murder, plus 40 more years for the burglary conviction.
Chiefs’ Smith arrested for DUI
Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith was cited for driving under the influence and careless driving after an officer witnessed him lose control and strike a light pole early Monday. According to a copy of the police report, Smith was attempting to make a turn in Kansas City’s Power & Light entertainment district when he struck the light pole around 12:30 a.m. The officer reported that Smith ‘‘appeared confused and began mumbling statements that I did not understand.’’ Smith was present for the team’s voluntary workout Tuesday but did not speak to reporters . . . The Texans say tackle David Quessenberry has lymphoma and has been placed on the NFL’s non-football illness list. The team said Quessenberry, 23, had a persistent cough over the past week and was tired, prompting him to seek an evaluation . . . Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon ruptured his Achilles’ tendon while running under the supervision of the medical staff and will miss the season. Weatherspoon had been held out of activities as he was continuing his recovery from a foot injury that limited him to seven games in 2013 . . . Offensive lineman Jonathan Martin returned to 49ers practice after missing a few weeks because of a bout of mononucleosis. Martin, who lost about 12 pounds, joined his new team Monday.