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Vikings suspend offensive coordinator Wes Phillips for 3 weeks after his December arrest.

Wes Phillips, 44, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in December after being pulled over for speeding. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of careless driving in February and was sentenced to probation, a fine, and community service. Despite his actions, Phillips was not initially punished by the Minnesota Vikings during the regular season. However, Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell expressed his disappointment in Phillips’ behavior and vowed to support him as he dealt with the consequences.

Phillips’ blood-alcohol level was found to be above Minnesota’s legal limit at 0.10%, which led to his arrest and subsequent legal case. As a result of his actions, Phillips has been suspended by the team for three weeks without pay, effective Tuesday until April 22. This means that he will miss crucial pre-draft preparation and the beginning of the team’s offseason conditioning program.

In a news conference following his arrest, Phillips took responsibility for his actions and acknowledged that he had not met the standards set by the NFL and the Vikings. He expressed his commitment to being accountable and learning from his mistakes to grow as a person and a professional. Despite this setback, Phillips remains dedicated to continuing his work with the Vikings offensive coordinator position.

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