Cardinals general manager Steve Keim misidentified his occupation to police before he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Chandler, Arizona, on July 4, according to a police report obtained by NFL.com.
The arresting officer said he smelled "a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage" coming from Keim's pickup truck after he pulled him over and that Keim's eyes were "bloodshot and watery." He reported that Keim identified himself in name, but told the officer he was the director of security for the Arizona Cardinals. Chandler Police corrected their report on Wednesday after reviewing body cam footage, instead saying Keim stated the name of the Cardinals' director of security, then said he also worked for the Cardinals.
Keim opted not to take part in field sobriety tests, police said, because of a "pre-existing knee injury." Police haven't released what his blood-alcohol level was at the time of his arrest.
"We are aware of the incident on Wednesday involving Steve Keim," the team said in a statement last week. "He 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."
A league spokesperson told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport that the NFL will review the matter. As it is for players, Keim faces a possible fine and suspension under the NFL's substance abuse policy. But as Rapoport notes, he would not necessarily have to wait until the season to serve a suspension.
Keim is entering his 20th season with the Cardinals. He was promoted to GM in 2013 after previously working as the Director of College Scouting (2006), Director of Player Personnel (2008), and Vice President of Player Personnel (2012).
Under Keim, the Cardinals have a 49-30-1 record in the regular season, the seventh-best winning percentage (.619) in the NFL since 2013, per the team. The 49 wins the past five years are the most in any five-year span in franchise history.
"I truly regret my incredibly poor judgment and inexcusable actions," Keim said in a statement released by the team. "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."