In December, Wes Phillips, the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings, was arrested for driving under the influence and his blood alcohol level tested at 0.10%, above the legal limit of 0.08%. As a result, the team suspended him for three weeks without pay.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported that Phillips showed signs of impairment when he was stopped and was later arrested on Dec. 8. He was booked into the Hennepin County Jail but released the next day after posting $300 bail. Despite being charged with DUI, Phillips joined the Vikings on their team flight to Las Vegas later that day and was not disciplined during the regular season.

Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell expressed his disappointment in Phillips after the arrest, noting that he cares deeply for him. The suspension will impact Phillips’ role in pre-draft preparations and the start of their offseason strength and conditioning program significantly as he will miss a considerable portion of it.

Phillips acknowledged his mistake during a press conference in December, vowing to learn from it and accept any discipline that comes his way. In February, he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of careless driving, which includes a year of probation, a $378 fine, and eight hours of community service. He is the son of former NFL head coach Wade Phillips and grandson of former NFL head coach Boom Phillips.

This incident has raised concerns about player safety within the Vikings organization as they have been grappling with several off-field issues this season.

By Samantha Johnson

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