April 21, 2024 11:22 pm
Vikings suspend Offensive Coordinator Wes Phillips for three weeks after his December arrest

In December, Wes Phillips, the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings, was caught speeding and tested above the state’s legal blood-alcohol limit of 0.08%. As a result of his arrest on Dec. 8, he was suspended by the team for three weeks without pay.

Phillips was stopped by Minnesota State Patrol and showed signs of impairment when he was tested. His blood-alcohol level came in at 0.10%, which is above the legal limit. Despite being arrested and released on bond, Phillips joined the Vikings on their team flight to Las Vegas later that day and was not disciplined during the regular season.

Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell expressed disappointment in Phillips following the arrest, emphasizing that he cared deeply about him. The suspension will impact Phillips significantly as he misses a large portion of the team’s pre-draft preparation and the beginning of their offseason strength and conditioning program.

In February, Phillips pled guilty to a lesser charge of careless driving, which includes one year of probation, a $378 fine, and eight hours of community service. He is the son of former NFL head coach Wade Phillips and the grandson of former NFL head coach Bum Phillips.

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