Jim Irsay Disputes Reported Cause Of Serious Health Scare

By Jason Hall

April 23, 2024

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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay publicly disputed a police report claiming he suffered an "overdose" during a serious health scare in December.

“It wasn’t an overdose,’’ Irsay told FOX 59 on Monday (April 22). “I don’t know why when you have your name in the paper in the past, people throw that out there quickly. I don’t pay attention to it all that much, but I don’t think it’s fair.’’

Irsay, 64, was reported to be found unconscious on his bathroom floor with his skin had turned blue by responding Carmel Police Department officers on December 8, 2023, during what was described as a suspected "overdose" in documents obtained by FOX 59. Irsay was reported to be in his bed prior to the officers' arrival, but was still experiencing breathing issues, a weak pulse and constricted pupils at the time, the documents state.

Officers unsuccessfully attempted to wake Irsay by sternum rub before administering one dose of Narcan -- commonly used to revive victims who have overdosed on opiates -- which "he responded slightly" to. Paramedics then arrived at the home to perform "livesaving (sic) efforts" before the 64-year-old was rushed to a nearby hospital in an ambulance.

A caretaker provided the medications Irsay was taking to responding Carmel Police officers, though the department said "it is unknown what Mr. Irsay had ingested prior to our arrival" in the documents obtained by TMZ Sports.

In February, Irsay shared a positive update on his recovery.

Irsay previously revealed that he was receiving treatment for a severe respiratory illness, which led to his band canceling a scheduled gig, team officials confirmed in a statement obtained by the Associated Press.

“He is receiving excellent care and looks forward to returning to the stage as soon as possible,” the Colts said via the AP. “We’ll have no additional information at this time, and we ask that you respect the privacy of Jim and his family as he recovers.”

Irsay initially took over the Colts' day-to-day operations after his father, Robert, suffered a stroke in 1995 and won a legal battle with his stepmother, Nancy, to retain ownership of the franchise following his father's death in 1997. Robert Irsay initially purchased the Los Angeles Rams and swapped the then-Baltimore Colts with the late Carroll Rosenbloom, at which point Jim worked as a ballboy during Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas' playing career.

Jim Irsay became the NFL's youngest general manager at the age of 25 following the team's relocation from Baltimore to Indianapolis in 1984. The Colts have won one Super Bowl and two AFC titles, both of which came during Pro Football Hall of Famer Peyton Manning's 13 seasons at quarterback, since Irsay took over as team owner.

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