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

In December, Wes Phillips was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after being pulled over for speeding. Despite showing signs of impairment, his blood-alcohol level was found to be above Minnesota’s legal limit of 0.08%. This led to a legal case that ultimately resulted in Phillips being suspended by the Vikings for three weeks without pay.

Phillips, 44, had initially gone unpunished by the team during the regular season, but Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell expressed his disappointment in his 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 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 Sophia Gonzalez

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