Police cameras show Cardinals COO slurring, stumbling during DUI arrest

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Cardinals Chief Operating Officer Ron Minegar was slurring his speech, contradicting himself about how much he’d had to drink and struggling to walk in a straight line during a field sobriety test as he was arrested for driving under the influence.

Video of the arrest released by police show Minegar was asked after he was pulled over how much he’d had to drink. Minegar slurred his words as he said, “Three, four drinks.”

But later during the arrest, Minegar denied saying that.

“I didn’t tell you that at all,” he said. “I had two drinks.”

When officers asked Minegar to walk in a straight line, he began to do so but then stumbled and said, “I can’t do it.”

Minegar refused to take a breathalyzer.

An officer asked Minegar if he works for the Cardinals and he confirmed he does, as their COO. The Cardinals called Minegar’s actions “inexcusable,” and nothing in the video contradicts that conclusion.

61 responses to “Police cameras show Cardinals COO slurring, stumbling during DUI arrest

  1. Maybe his lawyer can fight this case based on this strange method of releasing evidence in his case to the public on youtube before the court has heard any arguments.

  2. It is inexcusable, especially as the COO.
    But he should not be shamed more than any player who has done the same thing.
    Lord knows that players can have multiple DUIs and suffer little or no consequences due to their player status and union protection.

  3. He just kept slurring unintelligible stuff like “generational talent.” Then he called the officer “Josh Murray” but said he’d just call him “Tua” for short.

  4. Just goes to show guys in big jobs can have really small brains when it comes to making decisions. I have no sympathy for people making big bucks who are still stupid enough to drive after getting loaded up with booze. The Cardinals organization certainly appears to have a serious alcohol problem. Time to get serious about your staff, Bidwell.

  5. dryzzt23 says:
    August 15, 2019 at 10:31 am
    It is inexcusable, especially as the COO.
    But he should not be shamed more than any player who has done the same thing.
    Lord knows that players can have multiple DUIs and suffer little or no consequences due to their player status and union protection.
    ——————-
    Agreed. Most of the Cardinals fans calling for this guy’s head (and I’m sure the majority of them wouldn’t have been able to tell you the name of the Cardinals’ COO before this) wouldn’t be coming down this hard if it had been one of their star players in this situation.

  6. Keim last year, now this guy…is there nothing else to do in Arizona other than getting bombed and hopping in the car? Do they have Uber out there?

  7. Bidwill’s have been a joke in the NFL since their days in St Louis. Another classic example of a failed franchise that continues to flounder.

  8. dryzzt23 says:
    August 15, 2019 at 10:31 am
    It is inexcusable, especially as the COO.
    But he should not be shamed more than any player who has done the same thing.
    Lord knows that players can have multiple DUIs and suffer little or no consequences due to their player status and union protection.
    ——
    While I agree with the sentiment that one should get help more than shamed un these DUI situations I can’t help but notice how quick you are in many past posts to absolutely flame a player fir similar mistakes. In fact outside of misconduct you always seem to take sides against players on almost every single issue. Why is that? You seem to like the game of football but absolutely despise most of the men that play it.

  9. Literally nobody cares about a COO. Nobody. DUIs, they do care about. But I don’t think one season ticket holder is going to boycott over this.

  10. I can’t imagine rising to that position and being that stupid. Uber? Friend? NFL owner? Probably 30 people he could have called. Then again, management at my place could probably match that.

  11. The Cardinals should lose draft picks and the owner should be forced to sell the team… well that’s what they’d be saying if this was a Patriots executive

  12. “Maybe his lawyer can fight this case based on this strange method of releasing evidence in his case to the public on youtube before the court has heard any arguments.”

    It was released to a TV station most likely under the freedom of information act and posted on youtube by the station, not the police. So no, there’s nothing strange about this and I doubt anything the attorney could use in the way you speculate about.

  13. The entire franchise is a joke.

    Think of it this way… Other than drafting Larry Fitzgerald, what has this franchise done in the past twenty years? Larry almost single handedly took them to the Super Bowl. Beyond him, their drafting is terrible, their coaching is mediocre at best, their quarterbacks have been retreads or busts, their OL is like an elementary game of Red Rover.

    Bidwell needs to sell.

  14. There needs to be a wallet cue card for these highly visible people. Just stay quiet and stay seated. This video footage is a typical DUI arrest, but media coverage now turns it into robbing a bank repulsive outrageous type of behavior.

  15. “It was released to a TV station most likely under the freedom of information act and posted on youtube by the station, not the police. So no, there’s nothing strange about this and I doubt anything the attorney could use in the way you speculate about.”

    The case hasn’t been heard, his lawyer due to certain circumstances could have a hearing to suppress evidence such as this in his case. Also if it were to be a jury trial, this being made public at this point sullies any jurors perception of the matter.

  16. Putting other drivers at risk? No problem. As long as he doesn’t smoke a plant in his own home on his own time, then he would be in real trouble.

  17. We need a service like they nabe in Canada. Call for a car and TWO people show up. One drives your car with you as passenger and the other follows you home to take the driver back. Simple and it should be ubiquitous.

  18. Always, always refuse a field sobriety test. It is a physical, clinical exam being administered by someone who is not a clinician under much less than clinical conditions. Don’t drive buzzed/drunk.

  19. Is that like a pre req to be a cardinals exec? Kind of like the Vikings of the 80’s & 90’s

  20. What he meant was he had 3 or 4 drinks at the bar, and then two drinks while driving home

  21. The part nobody is mentioning is the fact that their owner Michael Bidwill is a prosecutor. So he has enabled them. They think they can do whatever they want without facing repercussion. Keim has been less than Horrible but because he has been an employee for 20 years and relies on his relationship with owenership who is also a lawyer.

  22. bengal4573 says:
    August 15, 2019 at 12:35 pm
    Putting other drivers at risk? No problem. As long as he doesn’t smoke a plant in his own home on his own time, then he would be in real trouble.
    ——————-
    Calm down… Weed is going to be legal soon enough.

  23. In all seriousness, the organization has to get their employees professional help. We need to all get off our soap box(es) and stop acting like we have never made bad decision(s). I’m sure they are good people (they have been employed for many years). Professional help for this organization/ employees is needed.

  24. AutonomousThinker7 says:
    August 15, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    The part nobody is mentioning is the fact that their owner Michael Bidwill is a prosecutor.

    ————————

    Was a prosecutor over 20 years ago and hwo did that affect their handling of Keim…

    Phoenix is a boring place with little to but drink and try to get to SoCal!

  25. “We need a service like they nabe in Canada. Call for a car and TWO people show up. One drives your car with you as passenger and the other follows you home to take the driver back.”

    I live in a city with three major colleges and a love of alcohol. The idea of starting a Drunken Uber service has crossed my mind a few times. Add $5 to an Uber bill to get your car home, and it’s your gas money anyway.

  26. Those that can’t remember how many drinks or beers they’ve had at a bar are those that have had many many drinks or beers at the bar.

    If all you’ve had for the day was what you drank when you went out for awhile and it was 3 or 4, I don’t know about anyone else, but I would know exactly which it was if someone asked me.

    I can’t imagine really thinking was it 3 or 4 beers that I had?

  27. When I was in the army in germany, it was easy to get around, buses, trains and taxis everywhere for a reasonable price.

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