Decision Made After Internal Discussion
The Minnesota Vikings have announced that tight ends coach Wes Phillips will still travel with the team to Las Vegas for their upcoming game, despite his recent arrest.
The Vikings were made aware of Phillips’ arrest and immediately notified the team. After internal discussions, it was decided that Phillips would continue with the team for their weekend game.
Phillips’ Background and NFL Career
Wes Phillips, 44, is currently in his second season with the Vikings. Prior to joining the team, he spent three seasons as a tight ends coach and pass game coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams, where he won a Super Bowl.
His NFL coaching career began in 2007 when he served as a quality control coach and offensive assistant for the Washington Football Team. He later became their assistant offensive line coach in 2011 and then their tight ends coach in 2013.
Phillips also worked under his father, longtime NFL coach Wade Phillips, during his time with the Dallas Cowboys. Wade Phillips has had coaching roles with various teams, including the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, and New Orleans Saints.
Continued Investigation and Legal Proceedings
While the Vikings have decided to allow Phillips to travel with the team, they are actively gathering more information regarding the incident. The team has stated that they will provide further comment when appropriate.
Phillips was released on a $300 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on December 21.