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Cardinals Executive VP, COO Ron Minegar Suspended 6 Weeks After DUI Arrest

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 28, 2019

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  The Arizona Cardinals logo is seen in the end zone before Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Arizona Cardinals have suspended executive vice president and chief operating officer Ron Minegar, according to Katherine Fitzgerald of the Arizona Republic.

The suspension—a minimum of six weeks without pay—comes after Minegar was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of driving under the influence. The Cardinals also fined him $200,000, and the money will go to a chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in Arizona.

The team provided a strong statement after learning of the arrest, via Molly Hudson of the Arizona Republic:

"Ron Minegar's actions last night are inexcusable. He made the decision to drive after drinking alcohol and is fortunate that he was pulled over before injuring anyone or himself. According to MADD, drunk driving results in almost 11,000 deaths per year and is the number one cause of fatalities on roadways. We fully recognize the seriousness of these actions and they will have serious consequences."

Minegar has been away from the team since the arrest and will not be allowed to attend team functions over the course of the suspension. He will also be excluded from all business operations.

There will reportedly be no additional punishment from the NFL.

The 60-year-old has been with the Cardinals since 2000 and is responsible for overseeing the organization's business operations.

Minegar's punishment is comparable to that of Arizona general manager Steve Keim, who was suspended for five weeks last year and fined $200,000 after being arrested and pleading guilty to DUI charges.