Per a report from Tim Evans and Mark Alesia of the Indianapolis Star, the questions surrounding the extent of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay’s drug use have become more complicated. Irsay’s arrest for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and four counts of felony possession of a controlled substance come two weeks after a woman was found dead in a townhouse he had reportedly given her. Kimberly Wundrum, 42, was found dead March 1, 2014, in the townhouse, with an orange plate with a white powder, straw, and a razor inside. Although homicide detectives were called to the scene, the police and coroner’s office have not indicated whether the death is being investigated as a murder nor have they in any way indicated Irsay was connected to her death. The Star also indicated Irsay had known her since 2007 and she had lived in at least three homes with ties to Irsay and the Indianapolis Colts.
A source told the Star that the NFL was interested in a variety of questions surrounding Irsay’s drug use. The investigation into Wundrum’s death may help answer questions regarding how long he has been using the drugs, where he had been getting them, and who he had been using them with before his arrest. Many people are keenly watching to see how NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell handles Irsay’s arrest; Goodell has long been tough on incidents that “embarrass the Shield.” If he does not act tough on Irsay, the Commissioner will be widely criticized for hypocrisy and having a double standard for owners.
According to the Carmel Police Department report, Irsay was arrested on March 16, 2014. In excerpts from the report, the responding officer stated Irsay stopped twice on the street for no apparent reason and he could not stand on his when the officer conducted the field sobriety test. After the car was impounded, police officers conducted an inventory of the content of the car and discovered an assortment of pills and over $29,000 in cash.
Irsay has been the sole owner of the Colts since 1998.
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