Police: Cardinals GM Steve Keim lied during DUI arrest, had prior conviction

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UPDATE: Chandler police issued a correction and released video on Wednesday that demonstrated that Shawn Keim did not lie about his identity during his DUI stop. 


Police charged Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim with driving under the influence on July 4 after a stop near his home in Chandler, Arizona.

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Police released a record of the incident Tuesday that states Keim lied to the arresting officer about his identity during the stop.

Keim reportedly told the officer he was the team’s director of security. The report also states that Keim told the officer that he had consumed two beers while eating pizza an hour or two before being stopped and had come from a friend’s house.

Keim also told the arresting officer that he worked with a Sean McKenzie in his claimed role as security director. The officer wrote in his report that he knew a Sean McKenzie who was no longer living.

“The only Officer Sean McKenzie I know was killed in an off duty vehicle collision and I believed he was referencing him,” the police report states.

Police: Steve Keim refused breathalyzer, declined sobriety test

The report states that Keim refused to submit to a breathalyzer test, which led to officers taking two vials of his blood. Results of the bloodwork were not reported.

Keim also reportedly declined to perform a roadside sobriety test, citing a knee injury. He was taken to a DUI command van, cited and released to a waiting ride, according to the report.

The officer reported that he noticed Keim’s black Ford F-150 drifting and speeding and followed him for around three miles before pulling him over.

Police: Keim had previous DUI conviction

The police report states the Keim admitted to a previous DUI arrest and conviction from 1996.

Keim acknowledged the latest incident and apologized in a July 7 statement. He could face suspension under the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

“I truly regret my incredibly poor judgment and inexcusable actions. 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.”

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