Last weekend, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance. It’s a serious matter, one that wound up pushing Irsay into what appears to be a much-needed stint in rehab.
But as is typically the case with these types of situation, there was a lighter side to the story. When being booked, Irsay had to step in front of the camera for his obligatory mugshots.
And he delivered the NFL’s latest version of unintentional comedy, joining a long list of players, coaches, front office personnel and now owners who’ve had to pose during the legal version of the “walk of shame.”
So in honor of Irsay’s folly, it seems appropriate to go back through the archives of past arrests to pull the best images to arise from these incidents.
Here are the 10 most-ridiculous mugshots in NFL history:
10. Deion Sanders
In June of 1996, the then-Dallas Cowboys cornerback was arrested in Florida and charged with misdemeanor trespassing. Why is Primetime smiling so big? Probably because of the silliness of the situation. Sanders ignored “No Trespassing” and “No Fishing” signs and was caught angling on a lake owned by Southwest Florida International Airport.
9. Quentin Groves
A month after signing with the Browns as a free agent, the linebacker was busted for solicitation during one of the team’s offseason mini-camps. Apparently, he agreed to pay an undercover call girl various amounts for “full-service” and was popped as part of a sting that brought down 14 people looking for a good time. His makeshift mugshot is classic.