Arizona Cardinals making news for the wrong reasons

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Ricky Seals-Jones
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Ricky Seals-Jones /

A couple of embarrassing indiscretions have given the Arizona Cardinals organization some unflattering publicity this offseason

The Arizona Cardinals need to get back to work. Time away from the game has been unkind to the organization this month. The Cards have been creating headlines, but for all of the wrong reasons.

The problems began on July 4th, when Steve Keim got behind the wheel of his Ford F150 pickup truck while inebriated. The vehicle was pulled over after police observed Arizona’s general manager driving erratically. Keim underwent a few sobriety tests, refused to submit to a breathalyzer and was ultimately arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.

As it turned out, the authorities guessed right. Keim’s blood-alcohol level registered at .193, which is more than two times the legal limit in the state of Arizona. The Cardinals’ executive served 48 hours in jail, was fined $200,000 and will also serve a club-issued, five-week suspension.

Still reeling from Keim’s indiscretion, the team got even more bad news 10 days later. Ricky Seals-Jones, a second-year tight end, was arrested after causing a melee during a night out in Scottsdale, Arizona. The 23-year old, who police allege was intoxicated at the time, became irate when he was denied entrance to the restroom at the W Scottsdale hotel.

Seals-Jones took it upon himself to move ropes and stanchions, set up to keep non-guests (like himself) of the hotel from entering. When confronted, the 6’5″, 245 pounder reportedly shoved an employee of the building. The 2017 undrafted free agent was then tackled by hotel security, and held down until the cops arrived.

Cards’ team president Michael Bidwill can’t be thrilled with the summertime antics of the pair. Individuals are trusted to act appropriately while away from their jobs. Bidwill’s punishment for Keim was handed out quickly, so it will be interesting to see how the Seals-Jones situation is handled.

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Thankfully, the Cardinals will be reporting to training camp next week. Time to put an end to the partying, and start preparing for the 2018 campaign. Bidwill, and the fans for that matter, can only hope that the immature behavior has come to an end.