SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Scottsdale Police Department on Wednesday said Arizona Cardinals defensive end Robert Nkemdiche was arrested in Scottsdale for speeding and driving on a suspended or revoked license.

According to police, Nkemdiche was stopped shortly after 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, in the area of Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard. 

The officer who pulled him over said he clocked Nkemdiche doing 75 mph in a 45-mph zone. 

The officer wrote in his report that Nkemdiche, who used his U.S. Passport identify himself, apologized and said he was on his way to practice. 

When officers looked inside Nkemdiche's Corvette, they saw "a metal case, open, with a mirror-like finish on it ... that contained a white powdery residue."

The report says officers believed the substance to "be consistent with the appearance of cocaine" and the case "appeared consistent with drug paraphernalia."

Police said Nkemdiche told them the case was a wallet that "is with him in the bathroom whenever he gets ready, seeming to indicate the white powder is some kind of bathroom product."

Police did not field test the substance but did collect the case to have it analyzed.

Nkemdiche was cited for exceeding the speed limit by more than 20 mph and driving on a suspended license.

"We are aware of the June 6 incident involving Robert Nkemdiche," the Arizona Cardinals organization said in a written statement. "We have alerted the NFL office in accordance with the league's personal conduct policy and will comment further when appropriate."

The police report obtained by Arizona's Family notes that Nkemdiche was wanted on an "active warrant" issued by a Tempe court for a traffic violation that happened in March. The bond was $750.

While he was cited and released for the new charges, the Scottsdale police reports says he was held in custody on the warrant. He bonded out later in the morning.

Nkemdiche spent three years at the University of Mississippi before declaring early for the 2016 NFL Draft. He was picked 29th overall and has been with the Arizona Cardinals since. 

He was signed to a four-year contract with a fifth-year team option.

[RELATED: Make or break season for Nkemdiche (July 25, 2018)]


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Cardinals suck. AZ Family, quit deleting my posts....


Cardinals suck


Obtaining an American dream job - for some, it's theirs to toss to the curb...the money certainly doesn't buy you common sense, but it will buy you the high-end car you shouldn't be driving while high on coke. To the curb, to the curb, indeed.


C'mon people. We all know that rules don't apply to minority professional athletes.


They should start making these kids make a choice either finish college w a degree or if you leave you cannot be drafted in the pros until your college eligability runs out. Lack of maturity and nothing to lose fuels these kids along w more money then brains.


If they get a full ride scholarship and end up leaving for the $$ of the NFL or NBA then they should have to pay that scholarship back. It's not like they were recruited for their brainpower. That scholarship money could go toward kids that might actually end up doing something useful with a degree. Football is overrated anyway, just like the clowns that play in the league.

Kiss rules

I'm so shocked


"Police did not field test the substance but did collect the case to have it analyzed." If this were anybody but a football celebrity, the police would have done a field test on the white powder and that person would likely be on their way to jail facing a felony drug charge. Apparently the Scottsdale police play favorites if the person is famous or rich enough.

Rico Rush

First off he is hardly a football celebrity. If he was walking down the street before this incident I would highly doubt you or I would even recognize him as a NFL football player. He did go to jail, which also means he was arrested. An officer that does not conduct a field test does not mean he has preference because of this celebrity status.. In a high profile case it would be best to not have the police officer mess with the evidence, but rather have the actual Forensic Scientist conduct a more thorough test in a controlled environment and avoid any mis-handling or tampering. Remember he can afford any lawyer he wants and beat this case with a small technicality. So it best for the officer to leave it it be and have someone else further the proof. If there is any proof of guilt. .


If you think he looks manly, you should see his sisters! They got bigger dreadlocks!! [ohmy]


What's with the thing in his nose? Does he think he is a bull?


An overpaid National Felon League player arrested, say it ain’t so!


The arrest rate for NFL players is lower than it is for the rest of the population.


Not really when there as so few NFL jocks compared the the number of arrests. The problem is they always get off because they are jocks.

Rico Rush

Another Steve Keim 1st draft pick that will render nothing for the Cardinals once again


I'm speechless

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