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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay passes out cash at training camp

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Jim Irsay is showing fans of the Colts the money (©GettyImages)
Jim Irsay is showing fans of the Colts the money (©GettyImages).

Jim Irsay is sharing the love with fans of the Indianapolis Colts in the form of $100 bills.

Irsay, the Colts owner, was handing out the money to fans attending the team's training camp on Saturday.

Difficult Times

Irsay is somewhat embattled at the moment, as he is awaiting possible punishment by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell following his arrest in March for operating a motor vehicle while being intoxicated and having a briefcase with $29,000 in it.

Perhaps showering his fan base with cash is the way for him to gain some good favor with the commish before being disciplined.

Irsay has fought addiction demons and has been in rehab since his arrest in March.

He contended in an interview with Bob Kravitz of the Indinapolis Star that he is a generous person and that driving around with that much money isn't really a big deal, even foreshadowing Saturday's generosity by showing Kravitz a briefcase full of $100 bills during their interview last month.

Generosity from Irsay

“You’re talking about someone who is extremely generous, and I say that humbly,” Irsay told Kravitz.

“That’s the way I try to live my life and it has nothing to do with the law. What’s been reported out there, there’s been a sensationalizing about things that have nothing to do with the law. It shouldn’t be an issue.”

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Distraction for Colts?

One can't help but wonder how much of a distraction Irsay's recent issues might present to the Colts this season, especially if his punishment is dragged out.

The Colts are coming off an 11-5 season, which included a wild 45-44 win against Kansas City in the first round of the playoffs.

Under its new personal-conduct policy, the NFL has yet to hand down any discipline against a league owner. Whatever Irsay's punishment ends up being will establish an interesting precedent.

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