INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Colts coach Jim Caldwell won’t just pull out the same old bye-week speech Thursday.
He can use Pat McAfee as example No. 1 of what not to do while they’re gone.
McAfee was arrested for public intoxication Wednesday after police said he took a pre-dawn swim in a city canal and told them “I am drunk” as he tried to explain why he was sopping wet. Police arrested McAfee about 5 a.m. in the Broad Ripple neighborhood, a trendy area known for its nightlife.
Officers say the 23-year-old, second-year player from West Virginia had a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent, nearly twice the legal limit for driving in Indiana. He was released from custody just before noon.
“Certainly not pleased,” Caldwell said with one of the sternest expressions he’s shown in two seasons as head coach. “Very disappointed in what happened and once we have all of the information, we’ll take action at that time.”
According to the police report, McAfee was asked whether he was swimming in the canal and answered “I am not sure.” When he was asked why he was wet, McAfee responded, “It was raining.” When he was asked where his shirt was, McAfee said, “In the water.” And when he was asked how much he had to drink, McAfee said: “A lot cause I’m drunk.”
McAfee was not released from custody before Indy practiced Wednesday and was not in the locker room during the 45-minute media availability following practice.
But that didn’t insulate him from the spotlight. Radio talk shows and local blogs turned McAfee into the butt of jokes all day.
Not surprisingly, the Colts found no humor in it. They’ve now had four players arrested on alcohol-related charges this year.
“I talk about it more often than the bye weeks,” Caldwell said. “But that’s not the issue. What I’ve been doing hasn’t been enough. So the fact of the matter is we’ve got to get it straightened out.”
McAfee may wind up becoming the team’s poster child for disciplinary action. About three hours after the arrest, team president Bill Polian issued a statement saying Colts officials were continuing to gather information about the case.
“When that task is complete, we will deal immediately with the issue of club discipline,” Polian said. “Until we complete that process, we will have no further comment.”
McAfee could also be susceptible to league penalties under the substance-abuse policy.
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