11:51 A.M. PDT -- The NFL has dropped the hammer on Irsay, suspending him 6 games and fining him $500,000 -- the maximum dollar amount permitted for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
Commissioner Roger Goodell, in a letter to Irsay, said ... “I have stated on numerous occasions that owners, management personnel and coaches must be held to a higher standard than players. We discussed this during our meeting and you expressed your support for that view, volunteering that owners should be held to the highest standard.”
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay just pled guilty to one misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated ... stemming from a March arrest.
55-year-old Irsay appeared in court Tuesday morning in Indianapolis -- where he was sentenced to 1 year probation and will be subjected to court-ordered drug tests.
As we previously reported, Irsay was popped just before midnight on March 16th after driving super slow and failing to signal ... and officials say he had multiple painkillers in his his system, including oxycodone and hydrocodone.
Officials also say Irsay had various prescription drugs in his car at the time of his arrest
At the time of his arrest, cops said the prescription pills found in Irsay's car did not match up with the prescription bottles.
Cops also say Irsay had roughly $29k in cash with him at the time.
Irsay had previously pled not guilty to TWO counts -- but ultimately changed his plea after striking a plea deal with prosecutors.
Arrested for DUI
Following Gnarly Car Crash
8/28/2014 10:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The good news: Nick Gordon walked away from a terrible car accident Thursday morning with no major injures. The bad news is ... he got arrested for DUI.
Law enforcement sources in Roswell, GA tell TMZ ... Gordon (who is married to Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina) lost control of his BMW, hit a curb, took out a fire hydrant and flipped his car upside down. We're told it finally came to a rest after sliding around 200 feet.
When cops arrived on scene, we're told they discovered Nick was driving on a suspended license and cops felt Gordon's behavior gave them probable cause to arrest him for DUI.
We're told police did not conduct a breathalyzer test, but they are seeking a warrant for a blood test.
Buffalo Bills Lineman
BUSTED FOR DUI
After Puking From Car Door
8/24/2014 7:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Alan Branch was locked up for DUI this weekend -- after cops say he was so drunk, he was PUKING out of the driver's side door of his car.
Branch -- who's entering his 6th year in the NFL -- was popped in upstate New York around 2am Saturday morning.
And if the alleged puking wasn't a dead sign of DUI, cops also say the 6'6", 325-pounder had a blood alcohol level of .14 ... almost TWICE the legal limit.
He's since been released from custody, but didn't play in the Bills pre-season game yesterday -- probably still sobering up.
Too Busy for Court
Cops on the Hunt
8/22/2014 1:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chief Keef should call Columbus Short in jail ... so Short can explain to him if you blow off court you get thrown in the pokey.
Keef was otherwise occupied and didn't show for his DUI hearing in Highland Park, IL ... it's not much of a case -- he admitted to cops he was smoking before taking the wheel.
So now the 19-year-old is a wanted man and when cops catch him he'll have to post $50K bail for the jail bars to open.
Keef has an impressive list of misdeeds for a teen -- failure to pay child support, a Chicago shooting incident and a stint in rehab for marijuana. He's been jailed twice on pot-related offenses.
Steelers Running Back:
I Didn't Know You Could Get a DUI
For Being High
8/22/2014 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell told police he had no idea he could get a DUI for driving while high -- after admitting that he smoked weed before getting behind the wheel ... this according to the police report obtained by TMZ Sports.
As we previously reported, Bell and teammate LeGarrette Blount were arrested on August 20th in Pennsylvania -- after a cop said he could smell weed coming from their Camaro.
According to the report, the cop initially asked Bell (the driver) if he had any weed in the car -- and he initially said NO.
But when the cop asked if he was high, Bell reportedly replied, "It was about a minute ago. We smoked within the last two hours."
The cop said he called for backup -- including a K9 unit to search the car -- and that's when Bell told the officer he had weed in the glove box.
Bell, Blount and a woman in the car told the cop they had all chipped in to buy the weed.
The cop says he told Bell he could be in trouble for driving under the influence -- to which Bell replied, "I didn't know that you could get a DUI for being high. I smoked two hours ago. I am not high anymore. I am perfectly fine."
"Why would I be getting high if I had to get on a plane to make it to my game?"
He added, "I have to be on my plane at 3 to be in Philadelphia, I play for the Steelers."
The cop ran some field sobriety tests -- Bell bombed -- and he was arrested. Blount and the female passenger were each cited for weed possession.
Friend Gets Lighter Sentence
Because He Kept Mouth Shut
8/21/2014 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber did NOT get celebrity justice when he copped a plea in his Miami Beach DUI case ... because we've learned his lesser known friend who was also busted for DUI just copped a plea that is a slap on the wrist by comparison.
You may recall ... both Bieber and Khalil were busted for DUI after cops claimed they were drag racing back in January.
Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... Khalil will pled guilty to careless driving and his punishment will be a $500 fine and enrollment in a drug and alcohol program.
Justin, on the other hand, pled guilty to careless driving and resisting an officer without violence. He now has to fork over $50,000 and attend 12 anger management classes ... something Khalil does have to do.
The only real difference between the 2 -- Bieber mouthed off to the cops.
Khalil's lawyer Bradford Cohen tells us, "Khalil got the benefit of being polite and courteous and not acting obnoxious and privileged, and that's why the pleas were not identical."
A $50,000 lesson learned.
'Ultimate Survival Alaska' Star
Steals Car, Crashes, Pinned, Hospitalized, Escapes
8/15/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Ultimate Survivor Alaska" star Tyler Johnson is miraculously still on the run ... after allegedly getting drunk, stealing a car, then suffering a horrific accident that should have killed him.
The unbelievable story started in typical criminal fashion ... the police report says a drunken Tyler stole a car in Anchorage 2 weeks ago and went on a joyride ... before losing control and flipping it.
Tyler wasn't wearing his seat belt and was thrown through the windshield ... and he ended up pinned under the car.
Tyler was taken to the hospital but somehow was discharged before cops were able to nab him.
If he's caught .... he'll face DUI and felony vehicle theft charges.
Ordered To Take Drug & Booze Classes For DUI
8/14/2014 12:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Kattan will spend the next 3 years on probation and will have to attend drug and alcohol classes as punishment for driving under the influence of drugs, TMZ has learned.
The L.A. City Attorney's office tells us ... Kattan was also ordered to pay a $500 fine and will have to pay restitution for the freeway crash last Feb. ... when he slammed his Mercedes into a parked Cal Trans vehicle.
Kattan will have to attend a 3-month alcohol program and 104 Narcotics Anonymous classes. Plus, he's forbidden from driving with any drugs in his system ... unless he has a valid prescription.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Kattan had been driving on Ambien at the time of the crash.
We're told Kattan will also have take part in the Hospital and Morgue Program ... a scared straight type of program where he'll see first-hand the consequences of dangerous behavior.
Cops Plea Deal
In Miami DUI
8/13/2014 3:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber has struck a plea deal in his Miami Beach DUI case in which he will agree to anger management but dodge a drunk driving bullet.
TMZ has learned ... prosecutors will allow Bieber to plead guilty to careless driving and resisting an officer without violence.
Bieber will have to attend a 12-hour anger management courses and has agreed to a $50,000 charitable donation.
Sources tell TMZ ... Bieber's lawyer, Roy Black, had one big concern ... that Bieber NOT be placed on probation, for fear he'd go to jail if he violated even a minor law ... something you can count on with the Biebs.
It's not a surprise prosecutors accepted a lesser plea. There were big problems with the case. It appears the cop lied when he said JB was drag racing and that police could smell alcohol when he hadn't been drinking.
This is Bieber's second plea deal. He pled no contest to misdemeanor vandalism in the egging case, was placed on 2 years probation, 5 days labor, ordered to pay his neighbor $80,900 and he was ordered to attend anger management classes.
If Bieber keeps going, he'll get a PhD in anger management.
The Rock's Mom
Alleged Drunk Driver Needs a Smackdown
... But I Forgive Her
8/12/2014 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Rock's mom is thanking the giant SUV her son bought her for saving her life in a head-on collision -- and amazingly holds no grudges against the woman who hit her.
Ata Maivia-Johnson tells TMZ ... "As much as I'd like to lay the Samoan smackdown on the drunk driver that crashed into us, I've already forgiven her."
Ata and Dwayne's cousin Lina Fanene were driving home last week when the other driver plowed into their Escalade.
Ata added, "By the grace of God and my big heavy strong car, we are alive today to hug our loved ones once again."
The driver has been charged with a DUI in the incident.
Woman Who Crashed into Mom's Car Charged with DUI
8/11/2014 1:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The woman who fled cops and slammed into the car with The Rock's mom inside has been charged with DUI.
The head-on crash in Clermont, Florida left The Rock's mom, Ata Maivia-Johnson and her passenger, Lina Fanene, hospitalized.
Cops say the the woman blew through 2 red lights before crashing into the car.
Police are asking prosecutors to get an arrest warrant for the alleged drunk driver, who is also hospitalized with injuries.
The Rock had given his mom the white Escalade for XMAS in 2012.
Phoenix Sun P.J. Tucker
Gets Three Days in Jail
For Extreme DUI
8/5/2014 7:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker will do three days in jail and 11 days of home detention after pleading guilty to "super extreme" DUI.
Tucker was arrested on May 10 in Scottsdale, AZ and police say he had a blood alcohol level of .22 -- more than THREE times the legal limit -- which explains the slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, and nearly falling over during his sobriety test ... as the arresting officer reported.
Tucker will also have an interlock device on his car for 18 months, undergo substance abuse counseling, and pay $2,750 in fines.
He was also placed on probation for up to five years.
Tells Fans He's Ridin' His Harley
Which VIOLATES DUI Probation
7/31/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miguel says he took a sun-drenched ride along the So Cal coast 2 weeks ago on his Harley ... which sounds awesome, except for the fact that his probation prohibits it.
Miguel posted a pic of him on the hog with the caption, "Rode down the coast to PV today ... #holdtight #artgang #harleydavidson."
The singer is on probation for a DUI conviction in February. He was to drive ONLY with an interlock device -- where you blow into a tube which then allows the vehicle to start, but only if you're alcohol-free.
We're told there's no interlock on his Harley.
An official in the L.A. City Attorney's office tells TMZ ... the post alone is not sufficient to trigger a probation violation, because it doesn't catch him in the act of driving. The official warns ... they're on the lookout.