• Sat. Apr 20th, 2024

NFL Coordinator Faces Discipline for Drunken Driving, Misses Pre-Draft Preparation

BySamantha Jones

Apr 2, 2024
Vikings suspend offensive coordinator Wes Phillips for 3 weeks after his December arrest.

Wes Phillips, the Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in December and his blood-alcohol level tested above the state’s legal limit. As a result of this incident, Phillips has been suspended by the team for three weeks without pay.

Phillips, 44, was pulled over for speeding and showed signs of impairment on December 8. He posted bond the next morning and joined the Vikings on their team flight to Las Vegas. Despite his actions, Phillips was not initially punished by the team during the regular season. However, Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell expressed his disappointment in Phillips’ actions and vowed to support him as he dealt with the consequences.

The suspension issued to Phillips will begin on Tuesday and will last until April 22, just before the 2024 NFL Draft. This means that Phillips will miss crucial pre-draft preparation and the beginning of the team’s offseason conditioning program. In a news conference following his arrest, Phillips took responsibility for his actions and acknowledged that he had not met the standards set by the NFL and the Vikings. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of careless driving in February, with consequences including probation, a fine, and community service. Phillips expressed his commitment to being accountable and learning from his mistakes to grow as a person and a professional.

By Samantha Jones

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