Cardinals G.M. Steve Keim cited for DUI

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NFL team executives have said at times that they hold their breath over the Fourth of July, worried that a player on their team will do something to get himself in trouble and make the team look bad. But this Fourth of July, it was an executive who got himself in trouble.

Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim was cited for driving under the influence on July 4, police in Chandler, Arizona, confirmed to KTAR News 92.3.

“We are aware of the incident on Wednesday involving Steve Keim. He fully recognizes the seriousness of the situation and that this type of behavior is unacceptable and inexcusable,” the Cardinals said in a statement. “Steve immediately alerted the team who in turn reported it to the NFL as required under the league’s Personal Conduct Policy. We are continuing to gather information and will handle the matter appropriately and in accordance with all league policies as well as within the legal system.”

Keim released a statement acknowledging his wrongdoing.

“I truly regret my incredibly poor judgment and inexcusable actions,” Keim said. “Everyone associated with the NFL and its teams is held to a high standard of behavior and I obviously failed to meet that. I sincerely apologize to our organization and its fans as well as to my family. I accept full responsibility for my actions and hold myself completely accountable. Moving forward, I will take the steps to ensure that I never put myself or the Cardinals in this type of situation again.”

Keim has been with the Cardinals since 1999 and was promoted to G.M. in 2013.

74 responses to “Cardinals G.M. Steve Keim cited for DUI

  1. Well this is very disheartening news. Just like other comments above, so many avenues to use for transportation. An extremely educated man made an huge mistake. Hopefully he takes his punishment from the law, the league, and the organization like a man and everyone learns a lesson…

  2. He probably got smashed after he read the Cardinals are the favorite to be the worst team in the NFL this year.

  3. Well some good news is that for the next six months, Keim will be living at the Cardinals facilities. He should be able to detox in that time.

  4. I don’t get these guys. If I made NFL money I’d have a driver for everywhere, not just drinking.

  5. What does loudmouth Bruce Arians have to say about this? After all, the clown has an opinion about EVERYTHING

  6. Outside of his DUI, Steve Keim has NOT done his job well. Since 2013 look at all his misses? None of his first rounders play like first rounders. He’s a former line man himself and their offensive Line has ALWAYS been in shambles. You can find starting guards in the 4th round and he drafted Jonathon Cooper in the top 10. Only to cut him 3 years later. Still don’t have a starting corner opposite of Peterson. Don’t have a complimentary WR to Fitzgerald. All of the cornerstone pieces were drafted BEFORE he was GM. Keim also lives 30 minutes away from chandler in north scottsdale, so he was attempting to presumably drive home which isn’t close. This DUI just proves that Keim has relied on his relationship with the Bidwill family. Any other GM would be fired.

  7. Another reason to stay home on the 4th, New Years Eve, and Saint Patricks Day. Have a few neighbor friends over, good food and stay safe. I try not to share the highways with drunks like him. Suspend him.

  8. Just like a player Keim should be suspended without pay and have mandatory counseling. How can it not be?

  9. Like everyone said he has the resources very readily available when compared to the average person. Also, he has a reputation to protect that is now weakened and will be less effective in regards to holding players accountable even though wrong is wrong and truth is truth no matter whose tongue it rolls off. This event is simply another example that confirms what is already well-known about alcohol, i.e. high or excessive alcohol consumption decreases a human’s ability to make reasonable, rational, and less risky decisions relative to a human’s decision making while the person is not under the influence of alcohol.

  10. He has a limo service on speed dial for free, uber, lyft and other options. Getting behind the wheel was beyond dumb especially on the 4th. I don’t drive at all (sober or not) on the 4th, New Years or St Patricks Day….and if you do you are asking for problems.

  11. Not the place to be judgmental or poke fun. DUI is a serious issue. We don’t know what punishment he will get – the story JUST came out. But I do want to caution people to refrain from assuming the guy has a problem because he got a DUI. A lot of folks making comments have likely driven on “just 1 or 2”. News flash….you were impaired.

    Keim is guilty of bad judgment, which (surprise) comes when you get drunk. I think the focus should be on identifying whether the guy actually needs help and then to get it. The judicial system will take care of the rest.

  12. Hey, I’m not a Cardinals fan, nor do I condone dwi. That being said, give me a break. Half you fools have been picked up on this charge.
    This”Oh I’d have a driver for everything “ crap just isn’t real.
    The guy Screwed up and is taking his lumps. Heck, you can’t even have 2 pints anymore.

  13. Stupid mistake seeing as how he has to manage players who occasionally will also get DUIs — GMs have a higher obligation to act responsibly. That being said, he said the right things, and let’s see if he follows through.

  14. I can understand the blue collar $20/hr guy getting a DUI seeing they don’t want to spend $50 on a taxi ride and the hassle of going back to get your vehicle the next day.
    BUT These guys are making millions and millions. WHY DRIVE DRUNK ??
    Give someone a C Note to drive you home. That’s a drop in the bucket to you.

  15. “I sincerely apologize to our organization and its fans as well as to my family.”

    Obviously a quality guy and a fine family man: puts his family LAST on his list of folks to apologize to! “as well as to my family” is an afterthought. Boo!

  16. I always wonder: at what point did putting the key in the ignition still seem like a good idea?

  17. ahzroc says:
    July 7, 2018 at 12:50 pm
    Fourth of July is the #1 day/night for DUI arrests in the US
    Knowledge is power

    I was never afraid to drive on the 4th. The only night that I was afraid to drive (for fear of getting killed by a drunk) was new year’s eve night.

  18. Some people are just dumb. They let alcohol ruin their whole life. Amazes me.

  19. Do execs get the same car service for free that the players do? If so, stupid move. Very stupid move.

  20. I’m going to reserve judgement. AZ’s DUI laws are insane. You can be 0.01%, and if the LEO feels like it they can arrest you on the spot.

    I don’t think anyone should be put away for having half a light beer, but in AZ it’s entirely possible.

  21. Not dismissing what turned out to be a bad decision, but wonder how many of the “Armchair General Managers” commenting on this thread have never driven home after a couple of beverages. Pretty righteous of those chirping that have/still do the same exact thing.

  22. Chris T. says:
    July 7, 2018 at 12:52 pm
    The guy is human. Never had a DUI but human everyone makes mistakes
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    My wife was side swiped by someone driving under the influence of alcohol. She made it out okay. The car was totaled. Luckily my children were not in the car when it happened because both child seats were crushed against the roof of the car. As Chris says, he’s only human. Everyone makes mistakes.

  23. stairwayto7 says:
    July 7, 2018 at 11:45 am
    Anyone who says fire the GM, don’t know sports! Over 700 players and 32 GM’S! Players are a dime a dozen.

    32 teams x 53 players per roster = 1696

    A lot more if you add 90 man roster

  24. Anyone who knows Arizona can tell stories of people getting DUIs washing their cars in the driveway, because they were drinking with keys in the ignition for the radio. Not defending behavior, just saying that it’s a zealous state about the issue. I’m curious what the bac will be. He’s a solid personnel, former player kind of guy, loved by the locals, for the most part. It’s a loss to the team, if they show him the door, but I suppose they might. New coach, maybe they let the season play out, and line up someone else. I think that’d be a mistake, but the Cardinals sure have made them, over the years.

  25. As a former resident, I’ll echo those comments about AZ being a police state. The cops are how shall we say, ‘over zealous.’

  26. boltnut says:
    July 7, 2018 at 2:52 pm
    I’m going to reserve judgement. AZ’s DUI laws are insane. You can be 0.01%, and if the LEO feels like it they can arrest you on the spot.
    _____________________________________________________

    The legal limit is .08 in AZ for adults. You may be confused with the under 21 policy which is anything over 0.00%

  27. jake6879 says:
    July 7, 2018 at 4:12 pm
    boltnut says:
    July 7, 2018 at 2:52 pm
    I’m going to reserve judgement. AZ’s DUI laws are insane. You can be 0.01%, and if the LEO feels like it they can arrest you on the spot.
    _____________________________________________________

    The legal limit is .08 in AZ for adults. You may be confused with the under 21 policy which is anything over 0.00%

    @jake6879, you are mistaken, sir. The other gentleman is correct, if the leo believes you are “impaired to the slightest degree”, that is the deciding factor, not bac. There is no “legal limit” in Arizona. This, from one who actually knows, and doesn’t pretend in comment streams.

  28. wdcskins says:
    July 7, 2018 at 6:10 pm
    jake6879 says:
    July 7, 2018 at 4:12 pm
    boltnut says:
    July 7, 2018 at 2:52 pm
    I’m going to reserve judgement. AZ’s DUI laws are insane. You can be 0.01%, and if the LEO feels like it they can arrest you on the spot.
    _____________________________________________________

    The legal limit is .08 in AZ for adults. You may be confused with the under 21 policy which is anything over 0.00%

    @jake6879, you are mistaken, sir. The other gentleman is correct, if the leo believes you are “impaired to the slightest degree”, that is the deciding factor, not bac. There is no “legal limit” in Arizona. This, from one who actually knows, and doesn’t pretend in comment streams.

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    I guess if that is true then only a moron would drink and drive

  29. Chris T. says:
    July 7, 2018 at 12:52 pm
    The guy is human. Never had a DUI but human everyone makes mistakes

    Drunk driving is not a mistake – it is a choice! Nowadays, there is no excuse except stupidity. I am sorry, I have no tolerance for this. If he killed someone would it still be a ‘he is human, he made a mistake’ because sooo many die from this CHOICE. If you can’t be a responsible adult when you drink, then stay home or don’t drink. It is such a severe strict law because of the danger it creates…I don’t care if someone wants to kill themselves, but it is not about them when they get on the road. It is about other people! If someone stole a phone from a store and got arrested, is that a humanly mistake too>or is that a choice? Stealing the phone is not putting so many other lives at risk but that is an ok crime to be convicted of right…

  30. Love all the anti-Cardinals bandwagoners on here. They ignored worse behavior by Frank Clark, Marshawn Lynch, Navarro Bowman, Reuben Foster, yet Keim is Public Enemy #1? Lol, there is gonna be a lotta crying when the Cards finish ahead of the whiners and the Seafrauds this season

  31. ahzroc says:
    July 7, 2018 at 12:50 pm
    Fourth of July is the #1 day/night for DUI arrests in the US
    Knowledge is power
    ______________-
    Your knowledge is wrong.
    It’s New Years Eve.
    Google it.

  32. Lol @ all the judgemental comments from people who probably drive drunk every weekend.

  33. Drunk driving is not a mistake – it is a choice! Nowadays, there is no excuse except stupidity. I am sorry, I have no tolerance for this. If he killed someone would it still be a ‘he is human, he made a mistake’ because sooo many die from this CHOICE. If you can’t be a responsible adult when you drink, then stay home or don’t drink. It is such a severe strict law because of the danger it creates…I don’t care if someone wants to kill themselves, but it is not about them when they get on the road. It is about other people! If someone stole a phone from a store and got arrested, is that a humanly mistake too>or is that a choice? Stealing the phone is not putting so many other lives at risk but that is an ok crime to be ?
    ___________
    Exactly! Post of the year. You nailed it, dead spot on!! Good job.

  34. Keim has had almost zero tolerance for his players that have screwed up over the years. With Uber and Lyft available you wonder how many times this buffoon has driven drunk before he was caught. It’s time for ownership to send a message to its fans. Fire him🍺🍸🍷🥃🍾🚔

  35. Just walk into court, say you signed Sam Bradford to be the starting qb, you plead insanity and walk.

  36. AZ PENALTIES TO FIRST OFFENSE

    Driving Under the Influence (DUI) – (no BAC required)
    Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) – (BAC of .08 to .149)
    Commercial driver’s license holders (BAC of .04 or more)

    10 days in jail (court may require only 24 hours with drug/alcohol evaluation and completion of mandatory treatment program)
    Fines and costs exceeding $1,500
    90-day driver’s license suspension (30 days no driving, and restricted license possible for the remaining 60 days)
    Ignition interlock on car for 12 months after license reinstatement
    Probation up to 5 years
    Possible community service
    Possible impoundment of your vehicle
    * Commercial driver’s license holders: possible loss of license.

  37. playedthegame32 says:
    July 7, 2018 at 12:18 pm
    Outside of his DUI, Steve Keim has NOT done his job well. Since 2013 look at all his misses? None of his first rounders play like first rounders. He’s a former line man himself and their offensive Line has ALWAYS been in shambles. You can find starting guards in the 4th round and he drafted Jonathon Cooper in the top 10. Only to cut him 3 years later. Still don’t have a starting corner opposite of Peterson. Don’t have a complimentary WR to Fitzgerald. All of the cornerstone pieces were drafted BEFORE he was GM. Keim also lives 30 minutes away from chandler in north scottsdale, so he was attempting to presumably drive home which isn’t close. This DUI just proves that Keim has relied on his relationship with the Bidwill family. Any other GM would be fired.

    69 33 Rate This

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    He is also paying Chandler Jones 15 mil per to pad useless sack totals as teams shred that d. He gave up a high 2nd rder he could have used to trade up for one and use the rookie cap.

    The Pats have been to two sbs since and won one.

    Just hotrrible management while renting Palmer and Fitz and overpaying undersized mathieu.

  38. It would be interesting to hear Charles Barkley’s take on this since he actually has some experience with the Arizona DUI laws, for which he had to serve a sentence in the old “tent city”. I believe that was a first offense at a time when “if you did the crime, you did the time”and there was actually zero tolerance no matter who you were.
    The reality is that in all likelihood Keim will get a slap on the wrist. He is management and as evidenced by his hast in contacting “The Team” (Bidwill), knows the politics and how to get out in front of the situation, begin damage control to paint himself in the best possible light for the benefit of the league and PR people. His boss/buddy is a billionaire and a lawyer (former federal prosecutor) with the right connections to draw on.
    Many fans were EXTREMELY unhappy with Keim’s job performance over the past two years and felt he should have been shown the door at the end of the season rather than being given a new contract. Coach Wilks and company deserve the real credit for this years draft by the Cards and to have, what was looking like a hopeful season, stained by the ignorance of a person who should be leading by example, isn’t going to bode well with the players and many long suffering fans. Many of the core players were around to experience the Keim/Bidwill “holier than thou” judgement of their teammate Michael Floyd when he could have used some help, and will see different standards/rules for management vs. the workerbee guys who doing the actual physical labor. His situation is VERY different from Michael Floyd’s because of his position and privilege but also exactly the same in that they both have the same disease.
    Probably the real tragedy here is the invisible victims, Keim’s family. who are going to have to live through this media circus and especially his boys, who one can only wonder what kind of a message this sends to them and the effect of having to deal with their peers at a formitable age.
    Anytime drinking impacts your job, family, and you are in trouble with the law, you DO have a problem and are an alcoholic. Hopefully, Keim (and the Organization) will learn something about Alcoholism the disease, that will change their lives for the better, as well as open their eyes to helping their players who develop similar problems. There are programs for Professionals in Crisis available so use them!

  39. Cardinals had a Top 10 defense last year, and Chandler Jones led the league in sacks. Plenty of mindless trolling in this comment section.

  40. Fiddling with your cell phone while driving is every bit as dangerous as driving drunk, and probably even more dangerous. But I’m sure no one commenting here has ever fiddled with their cell phone while driving.

  41. bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    July 8, 2018 at 6:43 pm
    Fiddling with your cell phone while driving is every bit as dangerous as driving drunk, and probably even more dangerous. But I’m sure no one commenting here has ever fiddled with their cell phone while driving.
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    You couldn’t be any more wrong! Being impaired isn’t the same as fiddling with your phone. Also, one of them is braking a law, the other isn’t. Rules are Rules. Just don’t break them. Pretty simpleSMH.

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