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Steve Keim returns to Cardinals after DUI arrest, suspension

Posted: 12:43 PM, Aug 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-22 18:00:56-04
Steve Keim returns to team after DUI arrest

Arizona Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim has returned to the team following a DUI arrest in Chandler.

Keim served a five-week suspension following his DUI arrest on July 4. 

"The truth is, there’s nothing I can say that will make what I did right. In fact, taking ownership in my behavior moving forward ultimately will define me as a man," Keim said during a press conference at the Cardinals' training facility Wednesday. "I do want to take this opportunity to personally apologize to my fan base, the entire Cardinal organization, and most of all, my family."

"This experience has been extremely humbling and embarrassing beyond belief. It is an honor and a privilege to work in the National Football League and for this great organization, and I failed to live up to the standards and the expectations, and I’m sorry."

The Cardinals required Keim to complete counseling and take DUI education classes before returning to the team.

Keim pleaded guilty to extreme DUI for having a blood alcohol content of 0.15 or higher  following his arrest on the evening of July 4 in Chandler.  Per Chandler police, Keim's blood alcohol content was 0.193, nearly 2 1/2 times the legal limit of 0.08.

Keim's total fine from the City of Chandler was $3,342. It was paid in full.

According to the original police report, Keim was in the area of Alma School and Ocotillo roads before 1 a.m. on July 4 when he was suspected of being impaired behind the wheel and was stopped by an officer.

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 reportedly 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.