Vikings suspend Offensive Coordinator Wes Phillips for three weeks after his December arrest

Vikings Offensive Coordinator’s DUI Arrest: A Lesson in Humility and Discipline

In December, Wes Phillips, the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings, was pulled over for 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.

Despite his arrest, Phillips joined the Vikings on their team flight to Las Vegas later that day and was not disciplined during the regular season. However, his mistake took a toll on him when he missed a significant portion of the team’s pre-draft preparation and the beginning of their offseason strength and conditioning program.

Phillips acknowledged his mistake during a press conference in December, pledging to learn from it and accept any discipline that came his way. In February, he 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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