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Vikings suspend Offensive Coordinator Wes Phillips for 3 weeks after he was arrested in December.


Apr 2, 2024

Wes Phillips, the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings, was recently suspended by the team for three weeks without pay after being pulled over for speeding in December and testing above the legal blood-alcohol limit in Minnesota. Phillips, 44, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving on Dec. 8 and released the next morning after posting bail. Despite the incident, Phillips joined the team on their flight to Las Vegas the same day and faced no punishment during the regular season.

Following Phillips’ arrest, Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell expressed disappointment and support for his colleague. Phillips, the son of former NFL head coach Wade Phillips and the grandson of former NFL head coach Bum Phillips, will be suspended until April 22, missing crucial pre-draft preparations and the start of the offseason strength and conditioning program.

In a news conference in December, Phillips acknowledged his mistake, emphasizing the importance of accountability and learning from errors. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of careless driving in February, agreeing to one year of probation, a fine, and community service. Despite the consequences, Phillips expressed a commitment to personal growth and acceptance of any discipline that may arise.

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