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March 18, 2014

BREMER: Let's hope Irsay's arrest rings alarm bell

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Of far greater importance is making sure Irsay himself is still around to enjoy the fruits of that labor.

The owner has endeared himself to Colts fans by openly showing his passion for the franchise and with frequent interaction through a colorful Twitter account. By many accounts, he's a kind and compassionate man with a big heart and a generous spirit.

The full extent of his impact on the community and the state might never be known because he rarely seeks publicity for his common acts of charity.

But Jim Irsay has a problem.

His arrest Sunday night might finally serve as the alarm bell that startles him into seeking help.

For the sake of his family, and his many fans, I pray that is the case.

George Bremer covers the Colts for CNHI newspapers. He may be reached at george.bremer@heraldbulletin.com. Follow him on Twitter: @gmbremer.

Irsay tweetsthanks INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay thanked his family and fans for their support on Twitter. Irsay sent a tweet about 4 p.m. Monday, following his release on bond from the Hamilton County Jail. It said, "Deepest thx to family, friends, fans, colleagues for the messages of support, thoughts and prayers. Impossible to tell u how much this means." Irsay was released from jail after being held overnight following a traffic stop in which police said they found multiple prescription drugs inside his vehicle.

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