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 arrested for speeding and tested above the state’s legal blood-alcohol limit of 0.08%. Despite his arrest on Dec. 8th and being booked into Hennepin County jail, he was released the next day after posting a $300 bond.

Phillips joined the Vikings on their team flight to Las Vegas later that day and was not disciplined during the regular season. However, following his actions, he was suspended by the team for three weeks without pay. This suspension caused Phillips to miss a significant portion of the team’s pre-draft preparation and the beginning of their offseason strength and conditioning program.

Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell expressed disappointment in Phillips following his arrest, emphasizing that he cared deeply about him. Despite this incident, Phillips acknowledged his mistake during a press conference in December and pledged to learn from it and accept any discipline that came his way. In February, he pleaded 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 also the son of former NFL head coach Wade Phillips and grandson of former NFL head coach Bum Phillips

By Samantha Johnson

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