Steve Keim faces possible suspension, fine

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When players commit DUI offenses, the outcome is somewhat predictable, because the punishment has been collectively bargained through the union. When non-players do the same, the discipline becomes more fluid.

Cardinals G.M. Steve Keim, who was arrested for DUI on July 4, faces a potential fine and suspension, per a source with knowledge of the situation. The duration of the suspension and/or the magnitude of the fine can’t be predicted with any degree of precision.

In recent years, suspensions have been imposed on multiple front-office employees who were arrested for DUI. In 2010, the league suspended former Lions CEO Tom Lewand for 30 days, with a reduction to 21. The NFL also fined Lewand $100,000.

In 2013, the Broncos suspended executives Matt Russell and Tom Heckert after separate DUI incidents. Russell, who crashed into a police car, was absent from work 60 days. He later received a seven-month prison term, but he missed no further employment due to a work-release allowance. Heckert received a 30-day suspension.

The following year, the NFL suspended Colts owner Jim Irsay six games and fined him $500,000 for driving while impaired.

Multiple assistant coaches have faced no suspension after DUI incidents in recent years, including Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards and Packers safeties coach Darren Perry. In 2006, then-Lions assistant Joe Cullen was suspended one game and fined $20,000 after a pair of vehicular arrests — one of which happened after he showed up naked at a Wendy’s drive-through.

For Keim, his blood-alcohol concentration will likely influence the outcome. For now, that number isn’t known.

Even if Keim is suspended, the punishment doesn’t have quite the same impact on executives as it does on players and coaches. Keim, even while suspended, will be able to do much of the same work that he would be doing anyway, especially as it relates to the scouting of college players.

55 responses to “Steve Keim faces possible suspension, fine

  1. softball punishment. Dock him without pay for a couple of years. That’ll teach him.

  2. He can just go manage the Miami Hurricanes like the last Cards scout who got busted for DUI offenses. Donald Corzine where you at? The fact that these people get away with this is an absolute joke. The NFL and the legal system in America should be absolutely ashamed.

  3. What exactly hapoens to the teams when an owner or top level executive is ‘suspended’ for x amount of games. Does it make any difference at all? Since the day operations are handled by lower down guys I dont see how this is anything other than a mandated vacation.

  4. He’s been in the league a long time with a spotless reputation. If there is a fine it will be mitigated by the fact that he’s not a DB. Probably wise of him to work a deal with the league to delay any suspension until the season when the roster is set. That’d give him time to see who pops during camp and preseason. I just see a fine coming though…which is appropriate.

  5. He still has to face the judicial system so there is at least that. Not being able to drive tends to make people wake up, having to blow into the car breathalyzer to start the car is pretty embarrassing. In time, if he doesn’t change, it is all going to come crashing down for him. So, if drinking isn’t a problem, he won’t have any future issues and will learn his lesson. When disobey the laws, you will eventually get nailed for it. When you are a person who is so selfish to think you can do whatever you want at the expense of others, you will eventually learn the hard way that you can’t. Not how life for anyone works.

  6. Kiem and Kiem again these dudes think they are above the law. You’re millionaire babe it’s called Uber Black. You’re welcome.

  7. kamthechancellor says:
    July 8, 2018 at 10:53 am
    He’s been in the league a long time with a spotless reputation. If there is a fine it will be mitigated by the fact that he’s not a DB. Probably wise of him to work a deal with the league to delay any suspension until the season when the roster is set. That’d give him time to see who pops during camp and preseason. I just see a fine coming though…which is appropriate.

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    the difference is whether or not you are a proected team or not.

    If this was Nick Caserio of the Pats, it is a suspension, heavy fines and at least a 1st rd pick taken.

  8. I highly doubt he will be suspended, likely will be forced to pay a big fine. Arizona has really good front office personnel around Keim anyways, if he were to miss a few days in season it would have zero impact. So long as all the coachs and players are on the field they will be fine , those are the guys i’d be worried about. Keim’s job is to put to the team together , his job is pretty much complete for this year though he will adda couple more before training camp kicks off in two weeks .

  9. Art of the crowd says:
    July 8, 2018 at 11:27 am
    HurtsToReadComments says:
    July 8, 2018 at 11:09 am
    Irsay says, “I remember my first beer”

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    I’m pretty sure he doesn’t
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    Irsays situation was totally different. He was rolling around in a known drug area with like $30-$40K in Cash next to him, numerous pill bottles that were filled to the top & was trying to meet up another of his dealers to score even more drugs. Irsay’s drug and Alcohol history was long and distinguished, way different than a guy who has a few to many drinks on July 4th and keeps caught. Irsay has basically been a real life version of Billy Madison his entire life, A kid worth hundred of millions to billions who’s never had to work for any thing a day in his life & whos lived a majority of his adult day to day life in a drug induced fog. Him and Steve Keim have zero in common. Irsay is unique all to himself.

  10. Irsays situation was totally different. He was rolling around in a known drug area with like $30-$40K in Cash next to him, numerous pill bottles that were filled to the top & was trying to meet up another of his dealers to score even more drugs. Irsay’s drug and Alcohol history was long and distinguished, way different than a guy who has a few to many drinks on July 4th and keeps caught. Irsay has basically been a real life version of Billy Madison his entire life, A kid worth hundred of millions to billions who’s never had to work for any thing a day in his life & whos lived a majority of his adult day to day life in a drug induced fog. Him and Steve Keim have zero in common. Irsay is unique all to himself.

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    Irsay is also a notorious cheater with Goodell in tow. Pumped in crowd noise, hgh smuggling from guyer for manning and framejobs.

  11. He is not that good of a GM, this will be his firt homerun in the 1st round…any other good franchise would have fired him by now!

  12. If a player was suspended 4 games, he would miss 4/17 of his pay check.
    At the very least the suspension should be 4 games since this is the guy running the club, not some lover level staffer. Send a message that violations are more severely penalized the higher up you go.

  13. Whatever the fine and or suspension it’s not enough. He could of killed someone’s family. What’s the penalty for manslaughter? There you go.

  14. Police need to stop demonizing citizens with DUI’s. It’s one thing to drive annihillated but clearly another when you’re 3 miles from home after having 3-4 drinks. It’s a cash grad and a reputation destroyer.

  15. wheres the automatic 4 game suspension that players get? NFL has double standards

  16. Come on, who amongst us hasn’t driven after one drink too many? Now, as adults, we have learned to stop that behavior because a DWI is huge in terms of fines and insurance surcharges but we are the peons of the world. As for the NFL bigwigs, such behavior is beyond stupid because almost all NFL teams provide free ride services to their players so this is inexcusable.

  17. hawkkiller says:

    Irsays situation was totally different. He was rolling around in a known drug area with like $30-$40K in Cash next to him, numerous pill bottles that were filled to the top & was trying to meet up another of his dealers to score even more drugs. Irsay’s drug and Alcohol history was long and distinguished, way different than a guy who has a few to many drinks on July 4th and keeps caught. Irsay has basically been a real life version of Billy Madison his entire life, A kid worth hundred of millions to billions who’s never had to work for any thing a day in his life & whos lived a majority of his adult day to day life in a drug induced fog. Him and Steve Keim have zero in common. Irsay is unique all to himself.
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    Don’t comment if you don’t know the facts.
    You couldn’t be more wrong.

  18. I miss the days when Ditka got a DUI the week of the Super Bowl and still got to coach the Bears because there wasn’t 24/7 365 coverage from nerds like Florio.

  19. dadsource says:
    July 8, 2018 at 12:50 pm
    Police need to stop demonizing citizens with DUI’s. It’s one thing to drive annihillated but clearly another when you’re 3 miles from home after having 3-4 drinks. It’s a cash grad and a reputation destroyer.

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    You want your reputation intact? Don’t drink and drive.

  20. Over 1500 players 32 GMs……..I say he should be immediately fired and the league start a zero tolerance for execs because the on field employees aren’t management.

  21. We had a city officer pull a vehicle over for doing 2 mph “UNDER” the speed limit. The driver had alcohol on his breath. And they found some weed in the vehicle. The judge threw the case out. He said 2 mph under was not a valid reason to pull the vehicle over. Everything was dropped.

  22. Teams only respect the possible loss of Draftpicks. Any financial fine is like water off a duck’s back. Keim needs to learn that there are consequences associated with his DUI.

  23. Police need to stop demonizing citizens with DUI’s. It’s one thing to drive annihillated but clearly another when you’re 3 miles from home after having 3-4 drinks. It’s a cash grad and a reputation destroyer.
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    most auto deaths happen within 4 miles from home. Google it.

  24. Steve is in little danger of losing his advertising gig as the face of Bulldog Enterprises, however. According to a company spokesman, “He’s irreplaceable in that role.”.

  25. He wasn’t charged with aggravated DUI which means his BAC was within the drunk to semi hammered range and not blackout to death range.

    So the league does have an idea of his BAC range, at a minimum.

  26. Who cares about this story ? very slow time of year. yet here we all are. so desperate for the start of (forget the season, training camps will do) we come to pft knowing absolutely zero is happening. not sure if im a big fan or just pathetic.

  27. tylawspick6 says:

    Irsay is also a notorious cheater with Goodell in tow. Pumped in crowd noise, hgh smuggling from guyer for manning and framejobs.
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    And you are a notorious whiner.
    Suck it up Patsie* boy.

  28. DUI’s are a HUGE cash grab for lawyers, no doubt at all. Still, driving drunk is a bad thing to do.

  29. arwiv says:
    July 8, 2018 at 4:00 pm
    DUI’s are a HUGE cash grab for lawyers, no doubt at all. Still, driving drunk is a bad thing to do.

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    They are also a huge cash grab for bars and clubs that oversell alcohol to patrons that have already had too much to drink. If someone is stupid enough to drink, drive and get caught….I say prosecute them to the max. They are a menace to themselves and others around them.

  30. hawkkiller says:
    July 8, 2018 at 11:54 am
    Art of the crowd says:
    July 8, 2018 at 11:27 am
    HurtsToReadComments says:
    July 8, 2018 at 11:09 am
    Irsay says, “I remember my first beer”

    ———————+
    I’m pretty sure he doesn’t
    __________________

    Irsays situation was totally different. He was rolling around in a known drug area with like $30-$40K in Cash next to him, numerous pill bottles that were filled to the top & was trying to meet up another of his dealers to score even more drugs. Irsay’s drug and Alcohol history was long and distinguished, way different than a guy who has a few to many drinks on July 4th and keeps caught. Irsay has basically been a real life version of Billy Madison his entire life, A kid worth hundred of millions to billions who’s never had to work for any thing a day in his life & whos lived a majority of his adult day to day life in a drug induced fog. Him and Steve Keim have zero in common. Irsay is unique all to himself.

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    Ok.

    So doesn’t that just make it more likely he doesnt remember his first beer?

  31. It’s a non football incident like positive for Pot. It will be treated as such. I am shocked with how vindictive people are over someone they don’t know! He’ll get a fine and miss a few days. Just like everyone else. This isn’t the old days when Bum Phillips, Whiz, Carroll, Parcells or others were able to walk away. And as a Cards fan he should be punished. There is NO EXCUSE! But some of you fans are just NUTS.

  32. If this were a bottom of the roster player, he would be cut. In fact, he cut his starting WR Michael Floyd. Floyd had digressed miserably and was dropping everything, so when Floyd got his DUI, he used that as a scapegoat to cut him. Cutting him outright would be ANOTHER miss by Keim, who has drafted horribly by the way. Rules are Rules. We shouldn’t make exceptions for him because he’s the GM. To whom much is given, much is required. He makes a couple million dollars a year, he could’ve got an UBER instead of running the risk of killing someone

  33. getting hit by 3800lbs of steel because some DB who thinks he’s all that can’t uber or call a cab is a 100% preventable disaster. the ripple effects of this kind of irresponsible decision making is incalculable and I have zero tolerance for it.

  34. I get a kick out of the people who try to “minimize” drinking and driving. Would these same morons be OK with their surgeon having a few pops before removing their appendix or their pilot having a few while flying the plane?

  35. nhpats says:

    July 9, 2018 at 10:59 am

    I get a kick out of the people who try to “minimize” drinking and driving. Would these same morons be OK with their surgeon having a few pops before removing their appendix or their pilot having a few while flying the plane?
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    I worry about my surgeon being a coffee addict and very shaky. lol

  36. “Arizona has really good front office personnel around Keim anyways,…”

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    Seriously though, what ever in the world would lead you to think that? Almost as delusional as Vikings fans talking about how great their coach or GM is, despite all evidence to the contrary

  37. Keim got caught…which means he thought he was “ok” to drive. Or he simply didn’t think the rule applied to him. Regardless, he’s very likely been a drunk driver more often than not. Most people don’t do it ever, or do it more often than they’ll admit too!

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