Cardinals call Ron Minegar DUI “inexcusable”

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The Cardinals have released a stinging statement after their COO, Ron Minegar, was arrested late last night for driving under the influence.

“Ron Minegar’s actions last night are inexcusable,” the team’s statement said. “He made the decision to drive after drinking alcohol and is fortunate that he was pulled over before injuring anyone or himself. According to MADD, drunk driving results in almost 11,000 deaths per year and is the number one cause of fatalities on roadways. We fully recognize the seriousness of these actions and they will have serious consequences.”

The arrest comes 13 months after Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim was arrested for DUI, and the Cardinals clearly want to send a message that they’re not an organization that tolerates such actions. The Cardinals also released a statement after Keim’s arrest calling his actions “unacceptable and inexcusable.”

The Cardinals fined Keim $200,000 and suspended him for the first five games of the regular season last year. Minegar may face an even harsher punishment, given that the Cardinals will have egg on their faces for yet another DUI offense.

61 responses to “Cardinals call Ron Minegar DUI “inexcusable”

  1. Bidwell causes everybody to drink, there’s a couple hundred thousand fans that can back me up. Lol.

  2. But PLAYER DUIs are 100% excusable because the PLAYERS are protected by both the NFLPA and the media.
    Regular team employees, including executives, have no protection whatsoever and are held to a standard that is FAR higher than any player.
    SMH.

  3. No excuse, but old-school dies hard. Im almost 50….when I was a kid everyone was doing this stuff. That’s what people my age grew up with and saw as normal. That was the culture 40+ years ago. Like I said, its an old-school habit that old-school people think of as “no big deal”. They are idiots but a lot of older people are like that.

  4. Wrong as it may be, everyone’s drove drunk at least once. Stupid decision for him to get in the car, and he shouldn’t of done it but the reality of it is every damn day.

  5. arwiv says:
    August 11, 2019 at 5:12 pm
    No excuse, but old-school dies hard. Im almost 50….when I was a kid everyone was doing this stuff. That’s what people my age grew up with and saw as normal. That was the culture 40+ years ago. Like I said, its an old-school habit that old-school people think of as “no big deal”. They are idiots but a lot of older people are like that.
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    Really? This is the most ridiculous comment I have read in some time. Whether you are 21 or 61, you KNOW this is a serious offense these days. No one that has an IQ greater than a seedless grape is thinking back to the “Culture 40+ years ago” and thinks this is “normal behavior”.

  6. “Wrong as it may be, everyone’s drove drunk at least once.”

    Even were that true, which is debatable because “everyone” covers a lot of ground, people usually make that mistake as a younger person, not as a 60 year old well experienced person in a position of significant responsibility.

    He knew better and all he had to do was a get a taxi, town card, uber, lyft, limonsine, he could have easily afforded any of these.

  7. You have to be a complete moron to drive impaired these days. I wish they would do a year in jail and $100K fine for first offenses. Even idiots running the Cards would Uber it.

  8. Unless you drive for a living, how many of you out there that are throwing rocks from your glass houses would lose your job or at least your paycheck for 4, 5 or even 6 months??? He made a very stupid mistake, BUT doesn’t deserve the death penalty. So PLEASE spare me all the sanctimonious crap!

  9. MADD is not exactly a neutral organization to cite statistics from. MADD is responsible for no consent laws that convict people who otherwise are exercising their constitutional rights to refuse a breath or blood test. Meanwhile, MADD leaders are more interested in jet setting around the country and hobnobbing with legislators than preventing drunk driving.

    What was once a worthwhile organization is now nothing more than a lobbying firm.

  10. The Cardinals not only have a culture problem, there is a long line of hypocrisy. So Terry McDonogh (VP of personnel) has a vehicular manslaughter on his record from killing someone driving drunk. Steve Keim (along with being a horrible GM and missing in every single 1st round draft pick to date, hiring Wilks, hiring mike McCoy and fired him after 4 games, Drafting/trading Rosen) has TWO DUIs on his record. Now Minegar has one. But you cut Michael Floyd after his DUI as a smoke screen because you wanted to cut him for underperformance anyway. You cut this DE that got arrested on friday. You cut Nkemdiche for being irresponsible and lacking work ethic….when these were the SAME THINGS that plagued him in college. The Cardinals front office is ATROCIOUS. Maybe if they did their character homework on players and executives they could start to make strides to get out of the mess they’re in.

  11. With Uber and Lyft being so prevalent, it is insane and ridiculous for pretty much ANYONE to get a DUI anymore, much less a six-figure salaried executive of a pro sports franchise.

  12. “the Cardinals clearly want to send a message that they’re not an organization that tolerates such actions.”

    There’s a fairly straight-forward way to actually send that message.

  13. Pop a top again…I think we have time for one more Cardinal round and a night in the slammer.

  14. dryzzt23 says:
    August 11, 2019 at 5:11 pm
    But PLAYER DUIs are 100% excusable because the PLAYERS are protected by both the NFLPA and the media.
    Regular team employees, including executives, have no protection whatsoever and are held to a standard that is FAR higher than any player.
    SMH

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    smh at what? in any organization people behave according to the message they get from above. players see their bosses doing it everyday and think its just fine.

  15. dryzzt23 says:
    August 11, 2019 at 5:11 pm
    But PLAYER DUIs are 100% excusable because the PLAYERS are protected by both the NFLPA and the media.
    Regular team employees, including executives, have no protection whatsoever and are held to a standard that is FAR higher than any player.
    SMH

    —————————————-

    smh at what? in any organization people behave according to the message they get from above. players see their bosses doing it everyday and think its just fine.

  16. Talk is cheap. They need to fire him period. That is how you send a message. He has no place in NFL. He needs to find another career like plumbing, something where actually works for a living and knows how precious a paycheck is.

  17. MortimerInMiami says:
    August 11, 2019 at 6:43 pm
    Meanwhile the Pats owner legal issues go quietly away due to close pal Roger.
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    yes, let’s compare a dui and possible vehicular homicide to two consenting adults

    you sure are a smart guy

  18. With the money and resources these people have it’s just ridiculous! Well into 6 figure salaries, with inground pools, bar b que’s with more liquor stocked there then the local dice bar..why drink and drive??. Party at home dumdum’s!

  19. Legally in most if not all states at 0.08 you are considerer intoxicated, which means about 2 drinks. Out drinking,
    cut if off at 2 and finish your drinking at home or make sure you have a DD.

  20. He was probably coming from John Elway’s party…only one sober enough to think he can still drive.

    If they get rid of him it will be because they have to not because they want to.

  21. I know a lot of people who drink, and most are really good people. Drinking and driving is a different story, however, and our judicial system comes down hard on offenders. The NFL actually does a horrible job of discouraging alcohol use. Alcohol is consumed everywhere around the NFL. Marijuana use, a much less powerful drug, and one that does not cause mayhem on our roadways, is dealt with severely. The use of alcohol is not punished. Both drugs are legal in many states, and quickly moving toward being legal in every state. So basically, the NFL encourages people to drink, and just about everybody drives a car. Alcohol kills people. The NFL should do less promoting of that fatal drug.

  22. AutonomousThinker7 says:
    August 11, 2019 at 6:07 pm
    The Cardinals not only have a culture problem, there is a long line of hypocrisy. So Terry McDonogh (VP of personnel) has a vehicular manslaughter on his record from killing someone driving drunk. Steve Keim (along with being a horrible GM and missing in every single 1st round draft pick to date, hiring Wilks, hiring mike McCoy and fired him after 4 games, Drafting/trading Rosen) has TWO DUIs on his record.
    *******************************************************
    That very unfortunate accident happened when McDonough was a high school kid. He hasn’t has a drink in decades. You’re trying to make a point, but you’re way out of bounds.

  23. MortimerInMiami says:
    August 11, 2019 at 6:43 pm
    Meanwhile the Pats owner legal issues go quietly away due to close pal Roger.
    ——
    As of this moment there’s no resolution in Kraft’s legal issues. I’m not a big fan of any organization (while it may be their right) to jump on something before judicial proceedings are done.

    I also hope you mean NFL ramifications. The NFL is not a governmental agency. Just like when “How come the NFL didn’t get an report from the police department?” Because the blankity NFL is a private business and it’s none of the blankity NFL’s business to have special treatment.

  24. An Uber costs $20.00. A DUI costs: $10,000 in fines and court costs, your job, your self respect, your reputation, your family and friends… Choose wisely!

  25. Basic rule for me is if I know I’m going to have even 1 drink, I Uber. Not worth the risk of trying to figure out if I’m OK to drive and trying to convince a cop I’m sober.

  26. Flex Jackson says:
    August 11, 2019 at 4:18 pm
    Bunch of drunks running that team, 2-14

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    Thanks, we will appreciate you evening out the lines at the sportsbook. Please bet heavily so you can balance out my action on when they go 7-9

  27. Totally wicked double standard over there in Arizona. What does Keim know about ownership that would give him a free pass?

  28. “No excuse, but old-school dies hard. Im almost 50….when I was a kid everyone was doing this stuff.”
    _________________

    Yes, and people didn’t wear seat belts or bike helmets and there were no cell phones, etc. Yet somehow everybody adjusted to the new norms. Or are you suggesting this guy still spends his days looking for pay phone booths because he just can’t grasp the world of today?

  29. Is it a serious offense? Of course because it puts everyone else’s life in danger but no one should lose their job over DUI, at least the first one unless they were on duty at the time or drive for a living. I don’t care if they’re a high profile person or not. Imagine how long the unemployment line would be if everyone who received a DUI lost their job. There’s better ways to discipline them than firing someone.

    Let’s be honest. How many people actually knew who Ron Minegar was before this incident? How many people are going to care? Players get released because fans know players’ names, not management.

    I hope you all say the same to your family, friends, and co-workers whenever you find out they have a DUI. Tell them they should lose their job.

  30. curtfj says:
    August 11, 2019 at 5:51 pm
    Unless you drive for a living, how many of you out there that are throwing rocks from your glass houses would lose your job or at least your paycheck for 4, 5 or even 6 months??? He made a very stupid mistake, BUT doesn’t deserve the death penalty. So PLEASE spare me all the sanctimonious crap!

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    Tell all this to the kids who are orphaned because a drunk driver killed mom & dad

    Here is an idea. If you are caught drunk driving then you lost your license for 2 years. If you get caught again you lost it for life. And if you cause a death or permanent injury due to drunk driving you get 10 years in jail and loss of license forever.

  31. Uber and Lyft dont even factor in this. Every organization in the NFL has a driving service for just this issue. All a player, coach, or front office person has to do is call the service so this crap doesnt happen and it stays out of the press. Given this, i dont have any problem canning or cutting someone for next level stupid. Driving drunk is stupid but even worse in this situation.

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