The NFL suspends Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay

The NFL has suspended Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for the first six games of the season and fined him $500,000 for violating its personal conduct policy, coming down hard after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stemming from a March traffic stop.

Commissioner Roger Goodell says owners, management personnel and coaches must be held to a higher standard than players.

The fine levied Tuesday is the maximum allowed under league rules.

Hours earlier, Irsay was in an Indiana courtroom, pleading guilty to a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated.

The 55-year-old Irsay admitted to a judge that he was under the influence of the painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone when he wa

s arrested March 16 near his home in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel.

He must submit to drug testing for a year and cannot drink or possess alcohol during that time.

His driver's license also was suspended for one year.