Arizona Cardinals: Nkemdiche law trouble should be last straw

Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche has struggled on the field but now comes trouble off it

Just when we were about to get on the Robert Nkemdiche train again he gives reason for pause.  The Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle was stopped in Scottsdale for speeding on June 6th but that may not be all the trouble he is in.

According to, Nkemdiche was stopped the morning of June 6th on the way to practice in Tempe.  He was caught going 75 MPH in a 45 MPH zone.  In Arizona, going 20 or more over is considered criminal speeding but you can get a citation or warning based on officer discretion.

It was discovered during the stop he already had a warrant out for his arrest for driving on a suspended license and failing to appear in court.  He was arrested for the speeding and outstanding warrant. Oh but that isn’t it yet.

The report obtained by ABC 15 indicated the police found a white powdery substance consistent with cocaine in a small credit card case in the console of his car. It was not tested and seized.

The team put out a statement that they are aware of the situation and have made the NFL aware.  If his on the field challenges didn’t put him behind the eight-ball going into camp, this certainly will.

In fact, the Cardinals should just wash their hands of him.  Sure, everyone gets their day in court.  How many chances have the Cardinals given him though to show he can play to the potential he showed at Ole Miss?

It wouldn’t be surprising to see Nkemdiche return since he did seem to come around a bit at times last season.  However these compounding issues should certainly make the Cardinals think twice before continuing a relationship with him.

If it was just the speeding, then it’s not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.  But at some point character is an issue.  Remember when he showed up for a team flight not properly dressed?

Those kind of things shows his immaturity.  Now he’s in a load of trouble with the law.  The Cardinals should cut him loose while they still have a chance to find someone else to get the job done.