Vikings Suspend Wes Phillips Following December ’23 DWI Case Resolution

Kevin Seifert from ESPN confirmed in his report that the Minnesota Vikings have issued a three-week, unpaid suspension for their offensive coordinator, Wes Phillips, as a result of legal proceedings following a traffic stop incident in Minneapolis in 2023. The suspension took effect on Tuesday and will last until April 22, after which Phillips resumes work on April 23.

The Star Tribune indicated that Phillips was apprehended on Dec. 8, suspected of drunk driving. The traffic stop happened on the Interstate Highway 394, around 9:45 p.m. CT. The Minnesota State Patrol reported that Phillips appeared impaired and had a blood alcohol level of 0.10, beyond the state’s legal limit of 0.08. Following his arrest, he was held in the Hennepin County jail but was released the following morning after a bond of $300 was posted. Phillips continued his coaching duties for the remainder of the regular season.

On Feb. 15, Phillips, aged 45, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor careless driving, paying a fine of $300 plus a surcharge of $78. He was asked to fulfill eight hours of community service at a non-profit organization within a 60-day timeline.

Phillips, the son of former NFL head coach Wade Phillips and grandson of Bum Phillips, is in his third year of duty as the Vikings’ offensive coordinator. Before joining the Vikings, he had coaching stints with the Dallas Cowboys and several college programs.

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