Cardinals suspend, fine COO Ron Minegar following DUI arrest, per report

Minegar was arrested in Chandler
Posted at 6:27 PM, Aug 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 19:45:16-04

The Arizona Cardinals have suspended COO and executive vice president Ron Minegar for six weeks and fined him $200,000 following his DUI arrest in Chandler in early August, reported Tuesday.

The 60-year-old Minegar was stopped by police near Pecos Road and Arizona Avenue late on Saturday, Aug. 10 for speeding, failure to drive within one lane of traffic and driving within the bicycle lane. Minegar was then arrested on suspicion of DUI. He was cited and released by police pending an investigation.

"Ron Minegar’s actions last night are inexcusable," the Cardinals said in a statement the day following Minegar's arrest. "He made the decision to drive after drinking alcohol and is fortunate that he was pulled over before injuring anyone or himself. According to MADD, drunk driving results in almost 11,000 deaths per year and is the number one cause of fatalities on roadways. We fully recognize the seriousness of these actions and they will have serious consequences."

On Thursday, Aug. 29, a spokesperson for Chandler police said Minegar's BAC was .199, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08.

Minegar's DUI arrest came just over a year after Cardinals general manager Steve Keim was arrested for DUI in Chandler. The Cardinals suspended Keim for five weeks and fined him $200,000 following his arrest.

Minegar left Disney Sports to join the Cardinals' front office in 2000. His responsibilities include overseeing the team's marketing strategy, communications, broadcast, ticket sales, community relations and stadium operations. He was part of the team that designed and constructed State Farm Stadium in Glendale, where the Cardinals have played since 2006.

Minegar also serves on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, the Fiesta Bowl and the Phoenix Final Four Local Organizing Committee. He was part of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, as well as the Arizona Organizing Committee for the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game in Glendale. Before joining the Cardinals, he oversaw marketing and ticket sales for the Anaheim Ducks and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include the BAC results for Ron Minegar.