Michael Bidwill on Steve Keim’s DUI: There will be consequences

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Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol last week, leading the team to issue a statement calling his actions “unacceptable and inexcusable.”

Cardinals president Michael Bidwill reiterated that response during an interview with Mike Broomhead of KFYI on Tuesday. Bidwill said that Keim made an “enormous mistake” that will have consequences in the future.

“First of all, I’m extremely disappointed,” Bidwill said. “It’s inexcusable. He did bring it to our attention right away that night and has been extremely remorseful and contrite. He’s taken steps to make things right, but the reality is that there is a process in place that the league has and there are going to be consequences here.”

It remains to be seen what those consequences will be. Like all team employees, Keim is subject to discipline under the league’s Personal Conduct Policy and that discipline has included suspensions and/or fines of various amounts for other off-field employees in similar situations. His blood alcohol concentration, which has not been publicly released, is likely to have some impact on any eventual punishment.

13 responses to “Michael Bidwill on Steve Keim’s DUI: There will be consequences

  1. I just don’t understand why an intelligent and extremely well-paid man like Keim would be stupid enough to drive after boozing it up. These days it’s so easy to call a cab or a Uber or a Lyft or some other damn internet-based driving service. #stupid

  2. nfloracle says:
    July 10, 2018 at 1:32 pm
    I just don’t understand why an intelligent and extremely well-paid man like Keim would be stupid enough to drive after boozing it up. These days it’s so easy to call a cab or a Uber or a Lyft or some other damn internet-based driving service. #stupid

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    Probably because he drives all the time after “having a few” and doesn’t think it is a big deal…. Who knows why he was stopped, it may not have even been an issue with his driving. He was basically “playing the odds” and he lost

  3. Interesting that it is taking so long to get the public arrest record and BAC levels out there….does not take this long when a player gets popped…..

  4. Make it right Bidwell…rehab and no 30 day day camp…the first time you get caught aint the first time you did it…be the best thing for Mr. Keim and his family

  5. They say that before a person gets finally busted, they’ve driven buzzed/ drunk like 500 times. He was due!

  6. DUI is very serious. If you’ve ever lost a loved one, then it’s a lot more than just a “forgive and forget” situation. It’s akin to walking around pointing a loaded gun. More than 20 people die everyday due to a DUI in the U.S.

    That being said, I’m glad to hear that Keim didn’t go ballistic and nuts with the cops. He’s a big fella, it would have gotten ugly. His consequences should be severe, but since it’s not a pattern with him, the organization should graceful. Keim is part of a great organization and is influential to hundreds of players and staff–I hope its a learning experience for the whole team and staff.

    Additionally, I’d like to see how Bidwell handles this, especially in light of his 2nd round draft pick who was recently arrested ( charges subsequently dropped) even though it happened prior to the draft. From appearances, Kirk’s consequences were pretty low key.

  7. I find it interesting there seems to be a harsher response to DUI than to Domestic violence in the NFL. Neither are good but I think ppl should be more “excited” when someone hits their spouse than having a few drinks and getting behind the wheel. Neither are good but the response to these scenarios is definitely a problem…

  8. So you want a GM that tries to lie his way out of trouble of his own choosing? What does that say about his character? Is that the type of person you want to vest so much responsibility in?

  9. If a team relies on the generosity of local taxpayers for their stadium and local fans for the majority of their ticket sales, they should be cognizant of local mores in dishing out punishments to their highly paid executives when they make inexcusable choices. He’s lucky he didn’t kill anybody and deserves much more than a slap on the wrist.

  10. Bidwell should ask his cnservative judge buddy what the penalty should be. Oh, that’s right. Conservative values on crime only apply to non-white, non-rich people.

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