[UPDATE]: According to AZCardinals.com, the Arizona Cardinals have suspended Steve Keim for five weeks. Keim will have to pay a fine of $200,000, which will be donated to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). His blood alcohol content was 0.193, making this an extreme DUI. [END UPDATE]
By now, all Cardinals fans are aware of the Steve Keim arrest for DUI over the 4th of July holiday. Many fans have opinions on what should happen to Steve Keim. Suggestions for fines, suspensions, or even termination have all been voiced on social media. The biggest piece that is hard for fans to deal with is how the Arizona Cardinals dealt with former player Michael Floyd after his DUI on December 12th, 2016. So, let’s dive into this together and compare the two instances.
DUI vs Extreme DUI
Floyd: Arrested on December 12th, 2016 with a blood-alcohol level of .217. The legal limit in Arizona cannot be above .08. Michael Floyd was found asleep at the wheel and disturbingly unaware of his location. Soon after meeting with Michael Bidwill and Steve Keim, Floyd was released from the team and picked up on waivers by the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. Floyd pleaded guilty to an extreme DUI in February of 2017 and served 24 days in jail with 96 days of house arrest. Later serving a 4 game suspension with the Minnesota Vikings.
Keim: Arrested on July 4th, 2018 with an unknown blood-alcohol level. Steve Keim was pulled over with reported bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and the smell of alcohol. He refused to take a breathalyzer test and opted for a blood draw instead. This will take upwards of 3 months to process. Steve admitted to having alcohol and was released from custody without being taken into jail. More details to follow when the BAC is released.
Floyd: Michael Floyd did not show remorse in the incident which ultimately led to his release from the team. Michael Bidwill commented on the incident on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM:
“The story changed, there was no remorse, we ask him to be proactive in terms of his approach to this — (he was) unapologetic. I was not satisfied with how he handled it. He certainly could’ve played it a lot differently. We wanted to give him an opportunity to address his issues. How this whole set of circumstances (unfolded), I was just disappointed about how it played out.”
Keim: Steve Keim seems to feel truly regretful for his actions that night per the statement he released shortly after:
“I truly regret my incredibly poor judgment and inexcusable actions. Everyone associated with the NFL and its teams is held to a high standard of behavior and I obviously failed to meet that. I sincerely apologize to our organization and its fans as well as to my family. I accept full responsibility for my actions and hold myself completely accountable. Moving forward, I will take the steps to ensure that I never put myself or the Cardinals in this type of situation again.”
Floyd: Michael Floyd was found passed out at the wheel the day after the Arizona Cardinals returned home from a 26-23 loss on a rainy day in Miami against the Dolphins. This was a big red flag for fans as he was in a sense, drinking away the loss. Alluding to Floyd’s lack of situational awareness and a potential drinking problem.
Keim: Steve Keim was pulled over during a DUI checkpoint for erratic driving on the 4th of July. Keim then refused to participate in the officer’s tests and had “trouble following the tip of a ballpoint pen without moving his head.” To me, this seems like he celebrated too much and made an extremely foolish choice to drive while intoxicated.
What can be concerning for most of us are the instances where Steve Keim had lied to officers about his position within the company as well as saying he works with Sean McKenzie, an Officer who passed away in 2014. As reported on by Josh Weinfuss of ESPN:
Keim then identified himself by name but said he was “the director of security for the Arizona Cardinals,” according to the report. Keim then told the officer he “works with Sean McKenzie.” However, the officer noted that “the only Officer Sean McKenzie I know was killed in an off-duty vehicle collision and I believed he was referencing him.” McKenzie died in an off-duty motorcycle accident in 2014, according to multiple reports.
Believe it or not, the Arizona Cardinals have actually been lenient with players having DUIs in the past, aside from Michael Floyd. Think back to players like Bobby Massie and John Abraham, both were handed suspensions from the league office and remained on the team. Now, I am NOT condoning driving while intoxicated at all. However, when you look at the Cardinals history, it appears to me that Steve Keim will remain on the team with a punishment given out from the NFL office.
When we finally learn the actual blood-alcohol content of Steve Keim, we can truly compare the two instances side by side and make our final deductions on what should happen. Until then, fans and the media will have to wait and speculate.
Chandler Police have clarified, Steve Keim properly identified himself and was misunderstood by the officer.
According to Chandler Police, Cardinals GM Steve Keim didn’t misrepresent himself as the team’s director of security. The reporting officer misunderstood Keim at the time but after reviewing footage of the interaction, police found the mistake.
— Josh Weinfuss (@joshweinfuss) July 11, 2018