An interview leading to a column from the IndyStar.com’s writer Bob Kravitz is generating plenty of discussion among Indianapolis Colts fans and those dealing with addictions.
Kravitz wrote the column after a two-and-a-half hour interview with Irsay and in it said he isn’t sure if the owner of the Colts will be able to overcome addiction issues that most recently lead to a DUI arrest and felony charges of controlled substance possession in March.
Among other things, Kravitz questioned whether Irsay’s addiction was being used as an excuse for poor decision making. He wrote:
“Another issue: The notion of addiction as a disease.
Yes, I acknowledge that it is. It is a disease and one that should not be stigmatized and one that should be taken very seriously.
At the same time, I have a hard time comparing Chuck Pagano's leukemia, or the ALS that took my mother's life, and saying they are the same things as addiction.“
Another issue Kravtiz mentioned — and it’s one that’s been talked about extensively since the interview — is Irsay’s refusal to apologize. He explained that an apology would be an admission of guilt which, due to pending litigation, wouldn’t be good for his case.
”I’m a human being; if there’s something I have to apologize for, I would, but at this point, it wouldn’t be appropriate,“ he said, as reported by NBC Sports.
Irsay also told Kravitz that he agreed to undergo random drug testing with the local authorities and would share the results of those tests with the NFL, as reported by CBS Sports.
Kravitz concluded his column with a skeptical tone:
“It was an interesting, eye opening two-and-a-half hours. At times, I felt like Irsay had seen the light. At other times, I was as concerned about him as I was in the months, even years, leading up to his arrest. So the bottom line is, I don't know if he's OK now or not. All you can do is hope.”
What do you think? Is Irsay hiding behind his addiction as an excuse? Do you think he should have apologized for his actions?