Arizona Cardinals release player after aggravated assault arrest

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2019

The Cardinals released defensive end Darius Philon Saturday, hours after reports surfaced that he had been arrested a day earlier on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

According to TMZ, Philon was taken to a Maricopa County jail Friday on charges from an incident in May outside a Phoenix-area strip club.

According to the alleged victim, Philon asked her and another woman, to follow him to the parking lot so he could retrieve money from his vehicle. Apparently, Philon asked two women to come out to the parking lot with him, and while they were out there, he allegedly grabbed a gun and pointed it at the chest of one of the women.

The alleged victim told police Philon returned to the club the following night - telling her he "wanted to make things right - and asked her to leave with him".

Before Philon's release Saturday, Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said the team would let both the legal process and the NFL's process move forward in the case.

"Yeah, with regards to Darius Philon, obviously we're aware of the situation and the serious allegations", Kingsbury said, according to the station.

Philon is now playing under a two-year, $10 million contract he signed this offseason.

"Which one of you wants a bullet", the report quotes Philon as saying to the women after they went to his vehicle to get money, according to the station, which also reported that one of the women worked as a dancer at the club.

Philon tallied 33 total tackles, 4 sacks, and one forced fumble in 16 games in 2018. "We have informed the National Football League as required by the league's Personal Conduct Policy and will comment further when appropriate".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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