The Arizona Cardinals arrived in Mexico City for a big game against the San Francisco 49ers on Nov. 19 and returned home with one less teammate. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury confirmed to Arizona Republic’s Bob McManaman that the organization had fired offensive line coach and running game coordinator Sean Kugler following an “incident” that occurred just hours before the team was scheduled to play. “We relieved him of his duties, and he was sent home Monday morning prior to the game,” Kingsbury said, per McManaman’s tweet. “It’s challenging anytime you make a staff change in that type of manner.”
Although the Cardinals didn’t elaborate on what went down, sources told ESPN it allegedly had to do with Kugler groping a woman while he was in Mexico City. According to the insider, Mexican police got involved after the incident was reported, and they were actually the ones who alerted the football team of what took place. Within hours, Kugler was fired and forced to return to Arizona. As shocking as this news is, it isn’t the first time a Cardinals employee made national headlines for disrespecting a female.
Former running backs coach James Saxon was accused of assaulting a woman inside her home in May 2022, Arizona Sports reported. He later resigned after he pled guilty to one count of domestic battery. Although he was given a one-year prison sentence, it was later reduced to probation.
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