The Cardinals have suspended General Manager Steve Keim five weeks and fined him $200,000, after Keim pleaded guilty Tuesday in Chandler to extreme DUI following his arrest July 4.
The fine money will be donated to the Arizona chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
During his suspension, effective immediately, Keim will be barred from the Cardinals’ facilities and prohibited contact from the team. He will also not be allowed to return to the team until after he has completed counseling and evaluation, in addition to a DUI education course. Keim will also take part 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.”
In his absence, Keim’s duties will be handled by multiple members of the personnel department.
The Arizona Republic reported that the NFL will not punish Keim further, assuming he fulfills all the Cardinals' requirements.
“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 in a statement released by the team. “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.”
Keim signed a contract extension in February through the 2022 season.