Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Wes Phillips was arrested Friday night on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Phillips, 44, was arrested for “misdemeanor driving while intoxicated (DWI),” Sports Illustrated reports.

Police pulled over the assistant coach for “speeding on Interstate 394 in Minneapolis around 9:45 p.m. Friday, according to a statement from State Patrol Lt. Jill Frankfurth,” StarTribune reports.

Phillips reportedly “showed signs of impairment” and registered a blood alcohol level of 0.10%.

“The legal limit in Minnesota is 0.08%. He was booked in Hennepin County jail on a misdemeanor DWI charge at 11 p.m., according to jail records. He was released a few hours later after posting a $300 bond,” StarTribune added.


According to reports, Phillips traveled with the team Saturday afternoon for the Vikings’ game in Las Vegas on Sunday.

“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,” the Vikings said in a statement.

From StarTribune:

Phillips has a court date scheduled for Dec. 21 in Minneapolis.

Phillips is in his second season with the Vikings and 17th as an NFL assistant. He was one of head coach Kevin O’Connell’s top choices when choosing assistants to bring from the Rams in 2022. He’s the son of former NFL coach Wade Phillips and grandson of former NFL coach Bum Phillips.

Phillips’ arrest is the latest reason O’Connell’s staff has been in the news. The team has been coaching without outside linebackers coach Mike Smith since August due to a personal leave. Defensive line coach Chris Rumph abruptly left defensive coordinator Brian Flores’ staff this week for a job at Clemson.

Sports Illustrated added:

Prior to joining the Vikings, Wes was the tight ends coach for the Rams for three seasons, working alongside O’Connell for two of those. The two also overlapped for a couple years in Washington when Phillips was the TEs coach there and O’Connell was the quarterbacks coach.

Phillips began his NFL career as an assistant coach for the Cowboys from from 2007-13. Before that, he coached in multiple college programs.

The 6-6 Vikings are set to take on the 5-7 Raiders at Allegiant Stadium at 3:05 p.m. central time on Sunday — and it sounds like there will be no changes to Phillips’ typical gameday responsibilities as OC.

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