Cardinals G.M. suspended five weeks, fined $200,000

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The Cardinals suspended General Manager Steve Keim five weeks and fined him $200,000 after he pleaded guilty to extreme DUI on Tuesday.

Keim will face no further discipline from the NFL, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, as the Cardinals were in communication with the league before taking action.

The team will donate the fine money to the Arizona chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Keim is allowed no contact with the team and cannot enter team facilities during his suspension. He also is required to undergo counseling and evaluation, in addition to a DUI education course, before returning to work.

Keim also will participate in DUI awareness and education programs within the community.

“As stated at the time of the incident, this behavior is indefensible and completely unacceptable,” the Cardinals said in a statement. “While Steve has accepted full accountability and responsibility for his actions, that does not diminish their gravity nor the severity of the consequences that result from them.

“Those who work within the National Football League – particularly those in leadership positions – bear a greater responsibility and are held to a higher standard than simply a legal one and we feel that these measures are reflective of that.”

Keim was arrested in the early hours of July 4, and a blood draw determined he had a blood alcohol content of .19.

Keim, who signed a contract extension in February that runs through the 2022 season, released a statement apologizing.

“Once again, I apologize to everyone who has been negatively impacted by my actions and incredibly poor judgment, in particular the Cardinals, our fans and my family,” Keim said. “I fully deserve and accept the punishment that has been issued. My goal is to do everything I can to grow from this personally and help others learn from my inexcusable behavior.”

Multiple members of the personnel department will handle Keim’s duties during his absence.

63 responses to “Cardinals G.M. suspended five weeks, fined $200,000

  1. He should have been fired. Many an American has been fired for less. This is a disgrace.

  2. Ok… So he is not allowed to make a horrible trade, bad signing, or negotiate a stupid contract for five weeks. Cards Win!

  3. If I was the owner I’d want my GM to set the example, not BE THE EXAMPLE. I would call him into my office and tell him: “Mr. Keim, your services are no longer needed here”.

  4. So, in the the NFL executive suite, you can drive home drunk, put innocent people at risk, even drive home extremely drunk, as long as you don’t kill or maim anybody, take a couple of weeks off, sober up. And it’s all good. This is unbelievable for a league that constantly talks about protecting the shield.

  5. There have been scouts and other lower level executives who have gotten DUIs but the leader of the entire football operation should be held to a higher standard. He cuts players (Michael floyd) for a DUI and takes guys off the draft board for dUIs while they are merely KIDS. He should be fired

  6. 5 games for “extreme DUI” in which he could have killed people. He could have killed children. Josh Gordon can’t play ball for YEARS because he puffed a little green. I am so happy to live in Canada where we still hold a semblance of common sense.

  7. 700levelvet says:
    July 17, 2018 at 5:50 pm
    He should have been fired. Many an American has been fired for less. This is a disgrace.

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    Most companies don’t fire someone for a DUI unless it happens on company time or the resulting suspension/punishment impacts their job function. They of course could if they wanted to, but they generally don’t.

  8. “…no contact with the team.”
    Uh-huh…So say, even if they monitored phone records, what’s to stop a team employee from dropping by Steve’s house with tapes or information pertaining to the day to day duties that he would be doing anyway?

  9. raiderston says:
    July 17, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Uber would cost him $40. wow. you really cant afford to get a DUI when working with the NFL.

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    Well, it could be even less than that as Uber is super affordable for the average American.

    But, yes, these wrist slap penalties from Goodell are getting embarrassing. I remember when Denver had two front office execs get DUIs in the same week, one of them with vehicular assault on a cop, and Goodell literally did nothing. I think they ended up getting some community service after paying off the courts, but Goodell still did nothing with his precious Article 46 in tow.

    This guy is likely close to a millionaire or a millionaire and they think a 200K fine matches extreme DUI and now MULTIPLE DUIs? He’s a repeat offender. It’s just insane what a lying, scum hypocrite Goodell is.

  10. ktoast says:
    July 17, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    5 games for “extreme DUI” in which he could have killed people. He could have killed children. Josh Gordon can’t play ball for YEARS because he puffed a little green. I am so happy to live in Canada where we still hold a semblance of common sense.

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    Got any openings up there? Vancouver is too pricey. Toronto seems cool.

  11. Can anyone think of a single bar or night club that doesn’t have a parking lot? I almost got wrecked by a texting driver today. Swerving all over the place. Probably 100% sober too. Bad drivers are bad drivers. Drunk or sober. If that texting driver would have killed me, I don’t think my family would have been any happier just because she was sober.

  12. stairwayto7 says:
    July 17, 2018 at 5:52 pm
    If I had a BAC of .19 I would be in jail, license suspended!

    No offense to you and all the other posters on this one, but no you wouldn’t. His license is indeed suspended by law. He’ll get 90 days minimum with I believe an interlock device. So that part is a given.

    But first time offenders rarely get jail, unless someone gets injured or killed. So no, you wouldn’t be there either. Typical first offense is suspension, heavy fine, victim impact panel, and community service. All designed to teach you to stop being an idiot.

  13. bullcharger says:
    July 17, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    700levelvet says:
    July 17, 2018 at 5:50 pm
    He should have been fired. Many an American has been fired for less. This is a disgrace.

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    Most companies don’t fire someone for a DUI unless it happens on company time or the resulting suspension/punishment impacts their job function. They of course could if they wanted to, but they generally don’t.

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    That’s true, except this is his second DUI. Goodell has clearly used terms like “repeat offender” when doling out punishment.

    I can guarantee you, if Nick Caserio had a DUI in 2006 and just did this, not only would there be pressure to fire him, Goodell would frame it like the Pats should have known better and would steal draft picks for conduct unbecoming.

  14. Too little. He should get an additional suspension for being too stupid to just call for a ride.

    Replace him with someone who deserves a shot and won’t embarrass the team/league.

  15. We aren’t talking about a kid in HS or college here, making a dumb mistake. This is a grown ass man, who is on his 2nd DUI. An executive with a well known, supposedly community based organization who put innocent people at risk. The fine is just spin doctoring, and don’t tell me he doesn’t have asssistants or insiders who will tell him what’s going on in those 5 weeks vacation. It’s a disgrace.

  16. Isn’t this his 2nd DUI? Guess they’ll wait for him to kill someone before they really take a hard line.

    And he was dumb enough to do it in one of the toughest counties in America to have a DUI. Hope he enjoys pink jumpsuits and living in a tent in the AZ heat.

  17. I find it pretty stupid that people think people who are drunk think rational and safely. Over half the children born in this country and crimes committed are conceived and done while intoxicated on alcohol and drugs. But a guy 8 -10 drinks in should think…’Uber, call me an Uber!’

  18. Sorry, not enough. Should lose his job for not calling an Uber. Having a drink while sitting at home on a lazy afternoon is ok, but blowing .19 is not acceptable under any circumstances.

  19. Me Bidwill. You’re #1 and #2 personnel men (Steve Keim and terry McDonough) have been in trouble now for substance abuse. Maybe that’s why you all have drafted so poorly. And you just MIGHT be an enabler by the way

  20. Why for decades did casinos serve free alcohol while gambling? Nothing will ever change until public establishments are held to strict maximum 2 drink limits and 50% responsible for overserved patrons going out into the public and doing a multiple number of illegal things. Money is the root of alcohol consumption, collect it from beginning to end.

  21. I’d bet that the majority of the commentators have driven home from a bar or a party well over the limit, but didn’t get caught!

  22. They should also ask for his cellphone and phone records after the suspension to make sure didn’t contact anyone from the team to make decisions.

  23. The league says people get fined, but where does the money go. I read most fines are reduced or thrown out later, as the fine is just a PR point to mollify us self important judgers casting stones and never sinned.

  24. What if he was under the influence of marijuana? Would those calling for him to be fired still say the same?

  25. People calling for this guy to be fired are the same type of people who want illegal foreign nationals caught and released for breaking our laws.

  26. 700levelvet says:
    July 17, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    We aren’t talking about a kid in HS or college here, making a dumb mistake. This is a grown ass man, who is on his 2nd DUI. An executive with a well known, supposedly community based organization who put innocent people at risk. The fine is just spin doctoring, and don’t tell me he doesn’t have asssistants or insiders who will tell him what’s going on in those 5 weeks vacation. It’s a disgrace.

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    I agree. There’s really no other reaction. A 2nd DUI and Goodell does nothing but give him a small fine as a millionaire GM in the NFL.

    This just proves Goodell cheats. A 5 week vacation in the summer for a GM who can still be back in time for preseason and the season and a very small fine.

    Really, no punishment at all.

  27. playedthegame32 says:
    July 17, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Me Bidwill. You’re #1 and #2 personnel men (Steve Keim and terry McDonough) have been in trouble now for substance abuse. Maybe that’s why you all have drafted so poorly. And you just MIGHT be an enabler by the way

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    Bidwell is a scummy disgrace like his old man and Goodell. Those particular types of scum run together.

  28. 5 games for “extreme DUI” in which he could have killed people. He could have killed children. Josh Gordon can’t play ball for YEARS because he puffed a little green. I am so happy to live in Canada where we still hold a semblance of common sense.

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    Got any openings up there? Vancouver is too pricey. Toronto seems cool.

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    No openings for you in Toronto. Sorry.

  29. Reading the comments is a sobering reminder that we have become a nation of excuse makers. It’ also coincides with the term of a certain president that many of you make excuses for, as well. Funny how that works

  30. It would be safe to say GMs really don’t have a fraction of a percent of anything to do with the ratings. But the refs giving the patriots special privilege, Goodell giving them special scheduling treatment (played least amount teams coming off bye weeks, hanging with Kraft at his house-check the internet for pictures) I would say has something to do with it as well as the players being politically stupid.

  31. 700levelvet says:
    July 17, 2018 at 6:33 pm

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    I agree. There’s really no other reaction. A 2nd DUI and Goodell does nothing but give him a small fine as a millionaire GM in the NFL.

    This just proves Goodell cheats. A 5 week vacation in the summer for a GM who can still be back in time for preseason and the season and a very small fine.

    Really, no punishment at all.

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    Technically, the punishment is from the Cardinals, not the NFL, though it sounds NFL approved.

    5 weeks from today is Aug. 21. He will miss camp, as well as the only part of the preseason that matters (Week 3 is a reg season dress rehearsal after position battles are decided, no one cares about week 4) and the first round of roster cuts. He will be back in time for the final cut to 53, but will have missed the evaluation period. Outside of the weeks leading up to the draft and the opening week of free agency, this is the most critical time period of the year for a GM, esp one with a rookie head coach helping make player evaluations. So it’s not “a vacation in the summer”.

    I do wonder why 5 weeks when players get an 8 game suspension (in theory) for a 2nd DUI violation, and executives are supposedly “held to a higher standard”. It’s definitely not “no punishment at all” – this hurts the Cards – but it’s certainly another example of wildly inconsistent and arbitrary application of punishment guidelines.

  32. Technically, the punishment is from the Cardinals, not the NFL, though it sounds NFL approved.

    5 weeks from today is Aug. 21. He will miss camp, as well as the only part of the preseason that matters (Week 3 is a reg season dress rehearsal after position battles are decided, no one cares about week 4) and the first round of roster cuts. He will be back in time for the final cut to 53, but will have missed the evaluation period. Outside of the weeks leading up to the draft and the opening week of free agency, this is the most critical time period of the year for a GM, esp one with a rookie head coach helping make player evaluations. So it’s not “a vacation in the summer”.

    I do wonder why 5 weeks when players get an 8 game suspension (in theory) for a 2nd DUI violation, and executives are supposedly “held to a higher standard”. It’s definitely not “no punishment at all” – this hurts the Cards – but it’s certainly another example of wildly inconsistent and arbitrary application of punishment guidelines.

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    well, good job doing a thorough summary, but a for a 2nd dui, i think you get the point here.

    goodell likes to move the goalposts around based on the team involved

    this is another example

  33. Shouldn’t leaders be held to stricter standards
    A GM for Christ sakes

    How can players be expected to do better?

    As I predicted before word of the ruling
    Double-standards at its best

    At least Jerry Jones doesn’t commit the acts of his players
    Yet
    He’s still critiqued heavily

  34. I agree. There’s really no other reaction. A 2nd DUI and Goodell does nothing but give him a small fine as a millionaire GM in the NFL.
    This just proves Goodell cheats. A 5 week vacation in the summer for a GM who can still be back in time for preseason and the season and a very small fine.
    Really, no punishment at all.
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    The fine was imposed by the Cards, not the NFL. You may go now.

  35. If your drinking causes you problems, you’ve got a drinking problem
    A second DUI is kinda like hitting the lottery twice- you gotta be drunk hundreds of times and drive under the influence hundreds of times to get caught yet again. I’m not wrong on this…..

  36. raiderston says:
    July 17, 2018 at 5:46 pm
    Uber would cost him $40. wow. you really cant afford to get a DUI when working with the NFL.
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    They have some amount of incentive from NFLPA and partnership with Uber. I dont know exact details but its free or close to nothing.

  37. Almost impossible to punish a GM. Everything is recorded digitally these days, even in practice where he would have done most of his evaluation. Should ban him from the college all star games and pro days for a period of time.

  38. I am also just blown away by people bagging on him as a GM and what he has done. He would have at least 2 SB if not for injuries. Yea, I guess the things you can’t control are his fault. What bad Drafting? Look at every teams Draft. No one nails it on every player. Overall I have been very happy with all of his work. I wish we had Kerwynn and Derren Fells back. Short of that. All good! They will be fighting for 1st this year. He has won more games faster than any other Cards GM. I think he was awarded the GM of the year award. Yea Fire him! How can people post something and not explain? “He sucks” or “he can’t draft”. WHY??? Say WHY??? I think people go to these stories for three reasons. 1. to bully, 2. to bag on your teams rival, and three just to see what happened.

  39. Is that all he got for endangering lives?? He must have promised to also give the DA Luxury Box Suites and season tickets for 2 years..!!!

  40. jackedupboonie says:

    July 17, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    I find it pretty stupid that people think people who are drunk think rational and safely. Over half the children born in this country and crimes committed are conceived and done while intoxicated on alcohol and drugs. But a guy 8 -10 drinks in should think…’Uber, call me an Uber!’

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    Exactly. Says right on the bottle or can that alcohol impairs judgement. Reminds me of a house party I was at one time. Everybody agreed to put their keys in the jar. By nights end everybody was arguing with the host for their keys back.

  41. All the people saying fire him would sing a different tune if it were their favorite player who got popped for DUI. Be consistent with your letter of the law

  42. It takes me 3 years to make what his fine cost him… and I can still afford an Uber when I get a little too sauced. How any of these guys are ever in a position to get pulled over is beyond me.

  43. “He cuts players (Michael floyd) for a DUI”

    Michael Floyd wasn’t cut just for a DUI, that was simply just the straw that broke the camels back. The organization was fed up with his antics and the DUI was the cherry on top. Go look at his post-Cardinals career and tell me they made a bad decision.

  44. 700levelvet says:

    July 17, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Why would you be surprised??? Leonard Little, Ray Lewis, Mike Vick, etc….
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    So, in the the NFL executive suite, you can drive home drunk, put innocent people at risk, even drive home extremely drunk, as long as you don’t kill or maim anybody, take a couple of weeks off, sober up. And it’s all good. This is unbelievable for a league that constantly talks about protecting the shield
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  45. Why do vehicles not have breathalyzers? Because police and court systems would lose $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$! That’s why the green stuff is illegal federally. They’d rather have people out drinking and driving.

    Same thing with DEA and FDA wanting to ban kratom. Kratom is an opioid painkiller substitute!
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    jackedupboonie says:

    July 17, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Why for decades did casinos serve free alcohol while gambling? Nothing will ever change until public establishments are held to strict maximum 2 drink limits and 50% responsible for overserved patrons going out into the public and doing a multiple number of illegal things. Money is the root of alcohol consumption, collect it from beginning to end.

  46. ^^^^Old money rules = Big Pharma, Alcohol and cigarette companies, police and the court system^^^^

  47. red2616 says:
    July 17, 2018 at 11:18 pm
    I am also just blown away by people bagging on him as a GM and what he has done. He would have at least 2 SB if not for injuries.

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    In what universe would the Cardinals (a team that cannot even make the playoffs) have two SBs? I understand supporting your team but you should real deal with reality.

  48. Michael Floyd was found passed out behind the wheel at a stop sign and he was a punk about it. Put on top of that that he just isn’t very good and there you have it. Comparing the two is idiotic.

  49. playedthegame32-

    What about a person’s right to the presumption of innocense? Take a guy like Pete Russell, he got totally screwed over AN ACCUSATION of him pummeling a woman. The story was completely fabricated and no charges were ever filed, yet poor Pete will forever be stigmatized as woman beater for the rest of his professional career, not to mention the havoc it’s created in his personal life. If you’ve really “playedthegame32” then you know bad things can happen to good people. Let’s hope you don’t ever have to deal with unsubstantiated vicious anonymous accusations… then you’ll reallly get played.

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