Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim was cited for driving under the influence on July 4 in Chandler, Arizona. Two weeks later, Keim pleaded guilty to extreme DUI following that arrest.
Instead of waiting for the NFL to weigh in on the matter, the Arizona Cardinals organization has already made a swift judgement. Arizona announced on Tuesday afternoon that Keim will be suspended for five weeks.
He's also facing a $200,000 fine from the team. In the announcement made from the team, the money will be paid to the Arizona chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Here's the organization's statement.
“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 will be barred from the Cardinals’ facilities and prohibited contact from the team during his suspension.
If the suspension is immediate, he'll be eligible to return to the team in time for the final cut of rosters - NFL teams must have a 53-man roster on September 1.