The NFL suspended Jim Irsay for the first six games of the season and fined him $500,000 for violating its personal conduct policy, coming down hard on the Indianapolis Colts owner Tuesday just hours after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stemming from an embarrassing March traffic stop.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said Irsay is barred from team facilities, practices and games, and cannot represent the Colts at NFL meetings or events. The fine is the maximum allowed under league rules.
The 55-year-old Irsay pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated and acknowledged during his appearance before a Hamilton County (Ind.) judge that he was under the influence of the painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone when he was arrested March 16 near his home in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel.
Irsay did not comment outside the courtroom, but he apologized to Colts fans in a prepared statement.
Watt signs new deal
Star defensive end J.J. Watt agreed to terms on a contract extension with the Texans.
Watt’s deal is reportedly worth $100 million, including a $10 million signing bonus and $51.8 million in guaranteed money overall. He’s now signed through the 2021 season.
The 25-year-old Watt has emerged as one of the league’s more dominant players, with 74 tackles for loss, 36½ sacks, and 27 pass breakups since he joined the league in 2011.
Harbaugh: No tolerance
Sam to visit Cowboys
Michael Sam, who was released by the Rams Saturday, will visit and take a physical with the Cowboys, ESPN.com reported.
Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL, is seeking to take the next step — playing in the NFL.
If Sam passes his physical, the Cowboys will sign him to their practice squad.
Sam was drafted by the Rams in the seventh round after a stellar career at Missouri.
Brent can return
Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent is being allowed to return to the NFL, though he will be suspended for the first 10 games of the season. Brent retired last year and was sentenced to 180 days in jail after a trial in January in the intoxication manslaughter death of teammate Jerry Brown, a practice squad linebacker for the Cowboys . . . The Chiefs suffered a blow by placing linebacker Joe Mays on injured reserve with a designation to return. Mays had surgery to repair damage in his wrist he sustained in the preseason . . . Jets safety Antonio Allen was medically cleared after suffering a concussion Aug. 22 . . . Charlie Powell, the San Diego sports star who was one of the first black NFL players and later became a boxer and fought Cassius Clay, died Monday at a San Diego hospital. He was 82.