The Arizona Cardinals will face another off-field distraction this year.
Running coach James Saxon is awaiting trial after he was charged on May 25 with two counts of domestic violence in connection with the alleged May 7 incident. Saxon allegedly attacked a woman in front of a child under 16 in Indianapolis. ESPN.
Saxon faces a sentence of six months to 2.5 years and a possible fine of up to $10,000 for a Level 6 offense (the least serious in Indiana), as well as up to one year in prison and a potential fine of up to $5,000 for a misdemeanor class A.
Cardinals head coach Cliff Kingsbury hired Saxon after joining the team in 2019. Saxon previously coached with the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, and Pittsburgh Steelers following his eight-year NFL career.
Saxon was accused of assaulting a woman in front of two children during an altercation on May 7, in which the woman alleged that Saxon pushed her repeatedly and at one point yelled, “Do you have a gun? You can just shoot me now.” to the probable cause affidavit reviewed by ESPN.
A warrant for Saxon’s arrest was issued on May 25, but withdrawn on June 8, according to court records, and Saxon posted $2,000 bail. Saxon received a restraining order on June 15 and was equipped with a GPS monitoring device until July 21. The Cardinals opened training camp on July 26.
The Cardinals have not publicly commented on Saxon’s allegations, but ESPN reported that the team was “looking into the matter” on Thursday.
The Cardinals face other problems off the field
Saxon’s accusations are just the most recent reports of scandals that have occurred with the Cardinals during the offseason.
The first scandal to hit the Cardinals was the suspension of wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins for six games after the NFL found in May that he had violated the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. Receiver Marquise Brown, who the Cardinals traded for this spring’s 2022 first-round pick, was arrested Aug. 3 on charges of criminal speeding.
The 2022 season can’t come soon enough for Arizona.