Vikings suspend offensive coordinator Wes Phillips for 3 weeks after his December arrest.

Vikings Offensive Coordinator Wes Phillips: From Guilty Plea to NFL Suspension for Drunken Driving

Wes Phillips, the 44-year-old offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in December and suspended by the team for three weeks without pay. The legal case stemmed from an incident in which Phillips was pulled over for speeding and showed signs of impairment. His blood-alcohol level was found to be above the state’s legal limit at 0.10%.

Phillips was initially not punished by the team during the regular season, but 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 last until April 22, just before the 2024 NFL Draft. This means 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.

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