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Colts Owner Jim Irsay Reaches Plea Deal

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Colts owner Jim Irsay has reached a plea deal on his operating while intoxicated charges.

Joey Foley

The Friday 5 p.m. news dump has happened again - and this time on a holiday weekend, too!  Colts owner Jim Irsay has reached a plea deal in his case of operating while intoxicated.

Not long ago Irsay requested for a delay in his court date, which was granted - placing his court date on October 30 for the two misdemeanor charges.  With this plea deal, however, he will appear in the Hamilton County Court on Tuesday, September 2 for the change in plea deal.

We don't have any details about the plea deal, but it does mean that this whole saga will be coming to an end shortly.  Irsay was arrested on March 16 and was later charged with two misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated - which carry a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail and a maximum fine of $500 dollars - though it's unlikely for Irsay to get jail time with this being his first offense.

Additionally, with this situation coming to a resolution soon, it likely means that potential discipline from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will come soon as well.  Many expect it to be a suspension from around 4-8 games and then a hefty fine as well, though it remains to be seen what will actually happen.  Some wondered whether the incredibly easy punishment handed out to Ray Rice would mean that Irsay couldn't get too much either, but let's be quick to note that the league has since changed their policy on domestic violence and that the situations are not really comparable.  We don't know what punishment Irsay will get, but comparing it to the Ray Rice suspension isn't the right way to go.  What is certain, however, is that the NFLPA is watching how Goodell handles this situation closely, and there's certainly some punishment coming.  It looks like that might come sooner rather than later, as Irsay has reached a plea deal and will appear in court next Tuesday.