The Arizona Cardinals have made a lot of mistakes this season, but their response to the alleged groping incident in Mexico City that has led to the firing of Sean Kugler does not seem to be one of them.
According to Josh Weinfuss of ESPN:
“Sean Kugler was fired after he groped a woman in Mexico City over the weekend, sources told ESPN.”
Weinfuss went on:
“Mexican authorities were notified of the incident, which happened Sunday night, and then informed the Cardinals, who terminated Kugler and sent him back to Arizona on a flight Monday morning. The Cardinals had arrived in Mexico City on Saturday.”
Revenge of the Birds has not independently verified the allegations.
This is the second time a (now former) member of the Cardinals coaching staff has been accused of assaulting a woman in the past few months. Former running backs coach James Saxon is facing domestic battery charges in Indianapolis stemming from an incident in June 2022.
Kugler has been with the Cardinals since 2019 and had moved into the role of running game coordinator after being hired as the offensive line coach.
No news on how the Cardinals will fill that position have been released.
The details behind Kugler’s termination were not available on Tuesday when Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury announced the decision.
The Cardinals have relieved offensive line coach/running game coordinator Sean Kugler of his duties following an incident in Mexico City on Saturday night, per coach Kliff Kingsbury.— Bob McManaman (@azbobbymac) November 22, 2022
Despite the lack of details, the fact that the Cardinals sent Kugler home before Monday night’s game signified something serious.
Kingsbury told me, "We relieved him of his duties, and he was sent home Monday morning prior to the game," adding, "It's challenging anytime you make a staff change in that type of manner." https://t.co/EZmXhvdPuj— Bob McManaman (@azbobbymac) November 22, 2022
Kugler was part of the veteran staff the Arizona Cardinals wanted to surround Kliff Kingsbury with when he was first hired in 2019, and that led to his promotion to run game coordinator.
This is just another issue within a season filled with issues for a team that seems to be unable to get out of their own way on and off the field.