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      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.

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