Charges facing Arizona Cardinals assistant coach add to offseason controversy

By Ainsley Ryan
Published: Friday, August 5, 2022 - 3:52pm
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The Arizona Cardinals announced Friday that an assistant coach has been placed on administrative leave after being charged with two counts of domestic battery. It’s the latest off-field controversy in what has been a turbulent preseason for the team. 

Running backs coach James Saxon has been charged with two counts of domestic battery, including one felony, after allegedly assaulting a woman in front of a child under the age of 16.

The news follows Wednesday’s arrest of one of the team’s biggest off-season acquisitions, wide receiver Marquise Brown, who was charged with criminal speeding on Loop 101.

Before this week’s legal issues, quarterback Kyler Murray’s contract status —and the fallout over a controversial homework clause — had been the team’s biggest preseason storyline.

And the specter of a racial discrimination lawsuit still hangs over the franchise. That suit involves Steve Wilks, who was fired after just one season as the Cardinals coach.