The Arizona Cardinals have suspended executive VP and COO Ron Minegar for six weeks without pay and fined him $200,000 in the wake of his arrest earlier this month on suspicion of DUI.
The Cardinals, who reiterated an earlier comment calling Minegar’s DUI arrest “inexcusable,” issued a statement Tuesday night (via NFL.com):
“Ron Minegar, who has been away from the team since the August 10th incident, will not be able to return until he has completed several additional steps. These include but are not limited to an alcohol assessment, counseling and mandatory DUI education as well as community service.
“As stated previously, the decision to drive after drinking alcohol is inexcusable. It is a serious offense that far too often has tragic results. We are incredibly grateful that did not occur in this instance. However, the behavior calls for severe consequences and these disciplinary measures demonstrate that.
“They also reflect that all those who work for the Cardinals and within the National Football League are held to a standard higher than simply a legal one.”
Minegar, 60, was stopped at around 11:30 p.m. local time Aug. 10 in Chandler, Arizona, for speeding, failure to drive within one lane of traffic and driving within the bicycle lane, police said (via The Arizona Republic).
He subsequently was arrested on suspicion of DUI, according to police. Minegar was cited but also served two days in jail before bring released, the team confirmed Tuesday.
During his suspension, Minegar is prohibited from being at the team’s facilities or attending team functions and is excluded from all business operations. His $200,000 fine will be donated to the Arizona chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the team said.
He won’t face any additional discipline from the league, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told The Republic in an email Tuesday: “This serious matter was handled appropriately by the club. There will be no additional discipline from the league provided he complies with the requirements set forth by the club.”
Minegar, who has been with the team since 2000, is the second member of the Cardinals front office to be arrested on DUI charges in a little more than a year.
In 2018, general manager Steve Keim was arrested over the Fourth of July weekend and later pleaded guilty to extreme DUI. He was suspended five weeks by team president Michael Bidwill and also fined $200,000.