Cardinals GM Steve Keim pleads guilty to extreme DUI, suspended five weeks

Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim has been suspended for five weeks and fined $200,000 after pleading guilty to extreme DUI on Tuesday.

His $200,000 fine will be donated to the Arizona chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Keim will be banned from team facilities and from contacting the team during his suspension, and will need to complete counseling, an evaluation and a DUI education course before he can return. It is unclear whether the suspension will begin immediately or will take place for the first five weeks of the season.

“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. “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 was originally stopped by police on July 4 near his home in Chandler, Arizona, and charged with driving under the influence. He pleaded guilty to extreme DUI on Tuesday — which is the charge in Arizona when blood alcohol content is above .15. His BAC was .19, more than twice the legal limit, according to KTAR. 

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TEMPE, AZ - APRIL 02: General Manager Steve Keim of the Arizona Cardinals speaks to the media after a press conference to introduce quarterback Carson Palmer at the team's training center facility on April 2, 2013 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - JULY 29: General Manager Steve Keim of the Arizona Cardinals watches practice during the team training camp at University of Phoenix Stadium on July 29, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 17: Arizona Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim speaks with head coach Bruce Arians before a game against the Seattle Seahawks at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 17, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 12: Steve Keim attends the Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XX at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on April 12, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 16: (L-R) Assistant head coach for offense Tom Moore, team president Michael Bidwill, head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve Keim of the Arizona Cardinals walk off the field following the NFL game against the Detroit Lions at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 16, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Lions 14-6. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 04: (L-R) Head coach Bruce Arians of the Arizona Cardinals, general manager Steve Keim, and president Michael J. Bidwell watch warmups before the start of the NFL game against the St. Louis Rams at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 4, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 18: General manager Steve Keim of the Arizona Cardinals looks on from the field before a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on October 18, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Cardinals 25-13. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 22: President Michael J. Bidwill of the Arizona Cardinals (left) and general manager Steve Keim (right) watch warm ups before the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 22, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Bengals 34-31. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 19: Arizona Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim accepts the ball from Tuffy Gosewisch #8 of the Arizona Diamondbacks after throwing out the first pitch before a MLB interleague game between the Diamondbacks and Toronto Blue Jays at Chase Field on July 19, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 01: General manager Steve Keim before the start of the NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: General Manager of the Arizona Cardinals Steve Keim, answers questions from the media during the NFL Scouting Combine on February 28, 2018 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Police initially said that Keim lied to them about who he was and said that he was the team’s director of security. However police issued a correction last week that confirmed Keim did not lie about who he was and that the initial error was the result of a misunderstanding by the arresting officer.

“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.”

Keim has been with the Cardinals since 1999, and was promoted to general manager in 2013. He agreed to a four-year contract extension through the 2022 season earlier this year.

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