Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim identified himself to police as the team’s security director during a traffic stop that ended with his arrest on suspicion of DUI early on the morning of July 4, according to the police report.
According to the report, Keim was pulled over by an officer who had followed his pickup truck for nine minutes after seeing it driving fast at 12:12 a.m. on Wednesday. The officer noticed Keim’s car drifting out of its lane multiple times, including near another car, and making a wide turn before pulling Keim over.
The report adds that Keim — whose eyes were “bloodshot and watery” and whose car smelled of alcohol — told officers he had two beers and said he was “the director of security for the Arizona Cardinals,” before adding he “works with Sean McKenzie.”
The officer noted in his report that “the only Officer Sean McKenzie I know was killed in an off-duty vehicle collision, and I believe he was referencing him.”
Multiple reports say McKenzie died in an off-duty motorcycle accident in 2014.
Keim took only one field sobriety test — saying he couldn’t do physical tests due to a “pre-existing knee injury” — and failed to sufficiently follow a light with his eyes. He was arrested at 12:47 a.m. His blood alcohol content has not yet been released.
Cardinals president Michael Bidwill spoke about the arrest on KFYI radio on Tuesday, saying Keim made an “enormous mistake.”
“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.”
Keim could be subject to punishment under the league’s personal-conduct policy.
In the most prominent example of an executive being punished under the policy, Colts owner Jim Irsay was suspended six games and fined $500,000 — the maximum allowable amount — in 2014 after pleading guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, stemming from a March 2014 arrest.
In 2013, the Denver Broncos suspended two members of their front office, director of player personnel Matt Russell and then-director of pro personnel Tom Heckert, for 60 and 30 days, respectively, after arrests for driving under the influence.
Keim has been the Cardinals’ general manager since 2013. He recently signed an extension through the 2022 season.
–Field Level Media