Jim Irsay's DUI arrest could be the best thing that ever happened to the Colts owner ... so says ex-NFL star Donte Stallworth who tells TMZ Sports he has an opportunity to change his life BEFORE it's too late.
Donte knows what he's talking about ... 5 years ago, he killed 59-year-old Mario Reyes in a drunk driving accident in Florida and says he still lives with tremendous regret from the incident.
"Hopefully, [Jim] can look at the unfortunate decision I made, and learn from it," Stallworth says ... "He's lucky it wasn't more serious."
Donte says he's happy Jim has checked himself into treatment -- "It’s good he's going to get some help. The first step is admitting you need it."
"I've talked with people who lost family members to drunk driving. They come up to me randomly. It's a constant reminder of the decision I made" "
Donte recently tweeted about the lessons he's learning -- saying, "There’s nothing I can do to reverse that day, but hopefully you guys will think of me and make better decisions than I did that morning. You don’t want to live with these regrets I have from my irrevocable decision… Trust me."
Ultimately, Stallworth tells us his message can be summed up in a quote from Otto Von Bismark -- "Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others."
NY Giants Co-Owner
I Believe NFL Will Punish Jim Irsay
3/18/2014 4:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NY Giants co-owner Steve Tisch says he believes Colts owner Jim Irsay WILL face disciplinary action from the NFL over his DUI arrest -- telling TMZ Sports he believes the commissioner wants to "make a statement."
Tisch was out in L.A. Tuesday when he told us Jim's a "great guy" ... and he thinks his decision to enter a treatment center will make his life "a lot better."
But when it came to punishment from the NFL, Tisch explained ... "I can't speak on the commissioner's behalf ... I don't know what he's going to do ... but I feel he's going to do something."
"I think he's gonna make a statement."
FYI -- in the past 4 years, at least 3 executives from two NFL teams have been suspended by the league for at least 30 days because of DUI arrests. Because Irsay is an owner, he could face an even harsher punishment from the league.
Still, Tisch says the commish will most likely wait and see how the legal system handles Irsay's case before the league makes any decisions.
Checks Into Treatment Facility
... After DUI Arrest
3/18/2014 1:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay checked into a "highly-respected health care facility" ... one day after he was arrested for DUI and drug possession in Indiana.
A rep for the Colts tells TMZ Sports, "Yesterday, Jim Irsay took the first step toward regaining good health. He voluntarily checked into a highly-respected health care facility and is committed to undergoing the treatment and care necessary to help him meet his challenges head-on."
The Colts did not go into detail on the nature of the "challenges" Irsay faces ... but the 54-year-old has previously acknowledged his issues with substance abuse.
The Colts rep adds ... "Jim, the Irsay family, and the Colts organization are all deeply appreciative of the incredible outpouring of support and compassion from our fans and the Indiana community."
As we previously reported, Irsay was pulled over late Sunday night for traffic violations -- and during the stop, officers determined he was intoxicated ... though police have not said if he was drunk or high.
Cops did say Irsay was in possession of various prescription drugs -- but the pills didn't match the prescription bottles.
Story developing ...
Colts Owner ARRESTED
for Driving Under the Influence
3/17/2014 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
7:51 AM PT -- Cops say Irsay had "multiple prescription drugs" in various pill bottles at the time of the arrest.
Cops also say Irsay was initially stopped just before midnight on Sunday after an officer noticed him driving really slow and failing to signal before making a turn.
After he was pulled over, Irsay failed several field sobriety tests and was eventually arrested for OWI.
Cops say the prescription pills found in Irsay's car did not match up with the prescription bottles.
He was ultimately popped for 4 felony counts of possession of a controlled substance.
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was ARRESTED early Monday morning in Indiana for operating a vehicle while intoxicated ... this according to officials.
54-year-old Irsay was booked at 3:07 AM. He was also arrested for possession of a controlled substance ... though so far, it's unclear what that substance was.
Irsay was hauled to a jail in Hamilton County, Indiana. Jim's total bond was set at $22,500, according to the official jail website.
FYI -- The Colts have been in Jim's family for decades. Irsay's father purchased the Colts when Jim was 12 years old.
Story developing ...
Indianapolis Colts Lineman
Jonathan Martin Can Help Us Win
'He's Welcome Here'
2/28/2014 1:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A second Indianapolis Colts player says he's ALL FOR bringing Jonathan Martin to the team ... telling TMZ Sports, "I think he could help us win, and that's all I care about."
We spoke with a Colts lineman -- who didn't want to be named -- who tells us he stands behind Andrew Luck ... who recently went on record saying he wants to bring his former college teammate to Indy.
"I know J-Mart some," the lineman tells us.
"He's a young guy. A good player. A hard worker. I have no objections."
There's talk that Martin will have a hard time fitting in with another NFL locker room after he accused several Miami Dolphins players, including Richie Incognito, of bullying him around.
But the Colts lineman tells TMZ Sports, "It's just about football to me. The most important thing is that we block on Sunday and win games. The other stuff doesn't matter."
The guy adds, "I could see some guys feeling differently, but I haven't heard anyone say anything."
As for Andrew Luck ... the Colts lineman tells us the QB's support for Martin is very important -- "It does give you confidence that the quarterback of your team supports him."
KC Chiefs Star Eric Berry
'I Threw a Tantrum' After Playoff Loss
Then I Hit the Beach!
2/9/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Nothing takes the sting out of a brutal playoff loss like week on the beach on the beach ... so says Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry, who tells us he went straight to the tropics after KC's devastating 1st round defeat to the Colts.
"I threw a tantrum for about a week then went to Hawaii with my loved ones," Berry says.
We're told the 25-year-old Pro Bowler took roughly 15 family members on the trip to help him get over the bitter end to the 2013 season.
But what really put him in a good mood is when he found out his little brothers (who happen to be twins) accepted football scholarships to the University of Tennessee ... where he and his father played their college ball.
"It's one of those feeling that's hard to translate into words. Just seeing the twins grow up into the young men they are makes the whole family proud."
He continued, "Pops always talks to us about doing something great, leaving our mark and creating a legacy. They're handling their end of it very well."
EATS IT HARD
During Field Goal Attempt
1/30/2014 5:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
He's usually flawless under pressure, but future Hall-of-Fame kicker Adam Vinatieri WENT DOWN like a sack of potatoes during a field goal kick in NYC yesterday.
The Indianapolis Colts player was a Super Bowl event where he was supposed to put one through the uprights for a bunch of excited fans ... but when he went to plant his foot, things took a turn.
Of course, Adam got up like a champ ... and don't worry, he still made the kick.
Colts Star Antoine Bethea
Gives Pimped Out Ride
As Baby Present
10/12/2013 12:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Some guys give their wives diamonds when they give birth ... but Indianapolis Colts player Antoine Bethea just set the bar even higher ... lavishing his fiancee with a super tricked-out BMW.
Antoine tells TMZ ... he bought the 2013 BMW X6 to celebrate the birth of their daughter (that's called a push present, guys) and his fiancee's birthday ... then had the whip completely rebuilt.
Sources close to the customizing shop say the car has about $30K worth of modifications, including:
-body lowered 3 inches
-smoked head and tail lights
-powder coated black rims
And the sickest part of all ... lighted projectors in the doors that project the BMW logo onto the ground when the doors are open.
BMW. The ultimate birthing machine.
Trent is Lucky
The Browns Dumped Him
9/20/2013 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
No offense to Cleveland, but Trent Richardson is in a better place now ... and the Browns probably did him a huge favor when they unloaded their star player -- this according to another former first round draft pick, Eddie George.
Eddie says the Browns' decision to trade away Richardson -- their first round pick from a year ago -- was "shocking to me. They went up and got him, and now they're reneging on the draft pick."
But Eddie adds ... Trent should be excited 'cause, well ... he's playing with a winner now.
"They might have done him a favor actually. Sending him with Andrew Luck ... I think he's in a good situation there."
Colts Star Dwight Freeney
Andrew Luck vs. RG3
... Who's Better??
12/5/2012 11:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Of course, he also noted that Luck is "Amazing" ... duh.
Andrew Luck has the better record ... Robert Griffin III has the flash ... but when it comes to the NFL Rookie of the Year award, it's like "Highlander" ... there can be only one.
So, who deserves it? We ran into Indianapolis Colts superstar Dwight Freeney on the streets of NYC yesterday ... and though you might expect him to lean a certain way, he told us, "Both of those guys ... too much talent ... those guys have too much talent."
So, we gotta ask ...
Indianapolis Colts Coach
Diagnosed with Leukemia
10/1/2012 5:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano has been diagnosed with a treatable form of leukemia, the team announced today, and will miss several games to receive treatment.
Colts owner Jim Irsay made the announcement at a news conference today, saying, "He is ready to take this fight on and he is a fighter."
Pagano, 51, had been experiencing what he believed to be fatigue, but a blood test revealed he was suffering from leukemia. He has been receiving treatment in the intensive care unit at an Indianapolis-area hospital since Wednesday.
Bruce Arians, the team's offensive coordinator, will serve as the interim coach in Pagano's absence.
Pagano is in his first season as the head coach of the Colts. He had previously served as the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens.