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Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim arrested for DUI on July 4th in Chandler

Chandler PD: Cards GM arrested for DUI on July 4
Posted at 7:50 AM, Jul 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-11 18:59:28-04

Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim was reportedly arrested for DUI on the Fourth of July, police say.

Chandler Police confirmed to ABC15 that Keim was arrested on Wednesday during a traffic stop.

Body camera video of police giving Keim a field sobriety test is in the player above.

According to the police report, Keim was in the area of Alma School and Ocotillo roads before 1 a.m. when he was suspected of being impaired behind the wheel and stopped by an officer.

A police report from Chandler police originally indicated that Keim told a Chandler officer he was the Director of Security for the Arizona Cardinals. After reviewing body camera footage, Keim said he worked for the Arizona Cardinals and knew someone who was their Director of Security. 

Police reported the smell of alcohol coming from Keim's Ford F150 Raptor. Police also said Keim's breath smelled of alcohol, he was slurring his speech and had bloodshot, watery eyes.

Keim said he had drinks earlier in the night with pizza. He failed or refused several of the sobriety tests by officers on scene citing a bad knee. 

Around 2 a.m., he was released by police to an awaiting ride. His official blood-alcohol content has not yet been processed and released. 

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Keim could be subject to suspension by the NFL.

“I truly regret my incredibly poor judgment and inexcusable actions,” Keim said in a statement provided by the Cardinals. “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.”

In a statement, the Cardinals said Keim "fully recognizes the seriousness of the situation and that this type of behavior is unacceptable and inexcusable.

"Steve immediately alerted the team who in turn reported it to the NFL as required under the league’s Personal Conduct Policy. We are continuing to gather information and will handle the matter appropriately and in accordance with all league policies as well as within the legal system," the Cardinals said.

Keim joined the Cardinals as a scout in 1999 and has served as the team’s director of college scouting, director of player personnel and vice president of player personnel. He was promoted to general manager after the 2012 season.

In February, the Cardinals announced Keim signed a contract extension that will keep him in his role as general manager through the 2022 season.

Keim played college football at N.C. State and played briefly for the Miami Dolphins.