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Colts owner Jim Irsay checks into treatment center

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INDIANAPOLIS -

A day after his arrest for driving under the influence, Colts owner Jim Irsay checked into a treatment center.

The Colts issued this statement Tuesday:

"Yesterday, Jim Irsay took the first step toward regaining good health. He voluntarily checked into a highly-respected health care facility and is committed to undergoing the treatment and care necessary to help him meet his challenges head-on. Jim, the Irsay family, and the Colts organization are all deeply appreciative of the incredible outpouring of support and compassion from our fans and the Indiana community."

The discovery of controlled substances and medications inside several pill bottles in Jim Irsay's SUV renewed concerns about an old problem.

The Colts owner has battled whispers about his sobriety as far back as 1995. That's the year his name first surfaced in the midst of an Indianapolis Police Department investigation.

Dr. James Dickerson, who is now deceased, had written Irsay numerous prescriptions for powerful opiates like Lorcet. Local pharmacists raised red flags, Dickerson lost his license and Jim Irsay quietly went to rehab.

In November 2002, Irsay issued a public statement admitting he was addicted to painkillers after a WTHR investigative report. Irsay said he had become dependent on prescription pain medications "after several years of orthopedic operations and procedures."

Irsay participated in a treatment program at that time. Then, last October, more questions surfaced. Irsay went on his Twitter account to defend allegations that he might have been under the influence during an ESPN interview, saying he hadn't had a drink in 15 years. 

This is a developing story that will be updated.

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