After pleading guilty to extreme DUI, Steve Keim, general manager of the Arizona Cardinals, was suspended for five weeks by the NFL team. In addition to the suspension, Keim was fined $200,000.
In a pubic statement, the Cardinals said:
“As stated at the time of the incident, this behavior is indefensible and completely unacceptable. 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.”
KPNX-12 in Phoenix is also reporting that Keim will spend 48 hours in jail as part of the sentence that was handed down by the court. Keim will have to serve a week of home detention and will be required to use an ignition interlock device for a year.
On July 4, Keim was arrested after being pulled over by police for suspicion of DUI. The incident occurred at 12:30 a.m. According to the police report, Keim’s eyes were bloodshot, his speech was slurred, and his breath smelled like alcohol at the time the officer pulled him over.
DUI arrests involving a driver who has a blood alcohol content of 0.15% or higher are classified as extreme DUI in the state of Arizona.
In addition to completing DUI awareness and education programs, Keim will attend counseling and undergo evaluation before he can return to his duties with the Cardinals.
In a statement released by the team, Keim said:
“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. 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.”
The Cardinals signed Keim as general manager in 2013. He started working for the organization in 1999. In February, Keim signed a four-year contract extension that will keep him with the professional football organization through 2022.
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