Cardinals’ Steve Keim lied about job during July DUI arrest, cops say
A newly released police report alleges Arizona Cardinals general manager and former NC State offensive lineman Steve Keim gave misleading information to Arizona cops after being stopped for suspicion of DUI on July 4th.
According to the report, Keim identified himself as “director of security for the Arizona Cardinals.”
He also refused to take a preliminary breath test, or submit to several steps of field sobriety testing, saying he had a pre-existing knee injury, according to a police report.
Keim was pulled over shortly after midnight on July 4th and arrested after an officer allegedly saw his pickup drifting between traffic lanes and nearly hit a curb while traveling through the Phoenix suburb of Chandler, the Associated Press reported earlier this week.
The Chandler Police Department’s report, posted online now, verifies those details and says Keim smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. He also swayed at some points while talking to the officer, the report says.
Keim told the officer he had consumed two beers, one to two hours prior to being stopped and he denied using medication or drugs, the report says.
Two sets of handcuffs had to be used, due to the width of Keim’s shoulders, the report says.
Sports Illustrated is reporting Keim was convicted of DUI in 1996.
The Associated Press reports Keim has apologized for showing “incredibly poor judgment and inexcusable actions” during the incident.
Keim, a Pennsylvania native, was named Cardinals general manager in 2013. He is known in the Carolinas for being a star offensive lineman at N.C. State in the early 1990s, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.
In a 2016 profile of Keim, the News & Observer noted he attended NC State on a scholarship and helped lead the Wolfpack to a 9-3 season in 1994.
Sports Illustrated says Keim’s contract with the Cardinals was recently extended through 2022.
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