Vikings OC Wes Phillips arrested for misdemeanor driving while intoxicated just 2 nights before the Raiders game

Phillips will still travel with the team to Las Vegas for their week 14 matchup.


Vikings OC Wes Phillips arrested for misdemeanor driving while intoxicated just 2 nights before the Raiders game

Wes Phillips (Image via NFL.com)

The 6-6 Minnesota Vikings are currently preparing for their tough road game against the Las Vegas Raiders in their week 14 matchup. Just 2 nights ahead of the crucial game, their offensive coordinator Wes Phillips gets into legal trouble for driving while intoxicated according to multiple reports.

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On Friday night, Phillips was pulled over on I-394 in Minneapolis around 9:45 P.M. CT. His blood alcohol tested at 0.10, over the 0.08 legal limit in Minnesota. As a result, Phillips was arrested and booked into the Hennepin County jail at 11 p.m. CT. A couple of hours later, he was released around 1:30 p.m. CT. after posting a bond worth $300, according to multiple reports.

Phillips is scheduled to appear in court on December 21 and is facing a misdemeanor DWI charge. The NFL and the Vikings organization are currently investigating the incident and will determine the necessary disciplinary action once the legal process is done per reports.

Phillips is a veteran coach in the NFL, who has been coaching for 17 years in the league. He is currently in the second year of his tenure with the Minnesota-based football team. He joined the Vikings as their offensive coordinator back in 2022, as one of the first hires of head coach Kevin O’Connell.

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He is the third-generation coach in the NFL and has spent 3 years with the Los Angeles Rams, 5 years with the Washington Commanders, and 7 years with the Dallas Cowboys before arriving in Minnesota.

Wes Phillips travels with the Vikings despite the DWI

In an unfortunate incident, the Vikings offensive coordinator Wes Phillips was arrested just a couple of nights ahead of their crucial game against the Las Vegas Raiders. However, the team issued a statement saying that Phillips would still travel with the team to Las Vegas.

Wes Phillips Vikings
Wes Phillips (Via SI)
Wes immediately notified the team following his arrest last night. This morning we contacted the NFL, and after internal discussion, made the decision Wes will travel with the team to Las Vegas this afternoon. We will continue to gather information regarding the incident and have further comment at the appropriate time.
Vikings in a statement

So, it seems like Phillips will continue his duties as the offensive coordinator of the Vikings for now. But, the team and the league will continue investigating the incident and might take disciplinary action if necessary.

On the sporting side of things, the Vikings are currently looking to secure a postseason spot. They will look to secure a victory against the Raiders and improve to 7-6 on Sunday.

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