Arizona Cardinals head coach dodges questions regarding Kugler
By Sion Fawkes
Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury once again gave a vaguer than vague response to the media, this one regarding the Sean Kugler situation.
We saw this movie just last week, after Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury and general manager Steve Keim cut running back Eno Benjamin. Kliff offered about the weakest excuse possible, saying something along the lines that cutting who was until last Sunday the team’s leading rusher as in the “best interest of the team,” or something along those lines.
This week, however, things got more serious regarding now-former offensive line coach, Sean Kugler. But instead of taking a verbal stand against Kugler’s actions, Kingsbury once again backed off. Check out the tweet below:
And what does Kliff say regarding the situation, exactly? He talked about how challenging it was to make a staff change. Here’s a direct quote:
"“It’s challenging anytime you make a staff change in that type of manner and I’m just going to leave it at that.” – Kliff Kingsbury via Arizona Republic."
Unfortunately, neither Kliff, Keim, nor Michael Bidwill have come forward to speak out against what Kugler did. And this is just the latest unfortunate incident surrounding the Cardinals that they stayed rather silent on.
Arizona Cardinals head coach once again dodges questions
Kugler is the second Cardinals coach this season who had either resigned or had been fired for inappropriate actions toward women. James Saxon, the former running backs coach, was arrested for domestic battery charges for assaulting a woman. Instead of firing Saxon, the Cardinals kept him on the staff, placing him on administrative league when his arrest became public this past August.
As if the Arizona Cardinals weren’t already in hot water, they are now. Not only have our Big Three (Kliff, Bidwill, Keim) failed to speak out in the slightest; they also kept a guy who turned himself into police and arrested on a Level 6 felony on their coaching staff until details were leaked to the public. Saxon, initially sentenced to a year in prison, has been given one year of probation for his actions.
Overall, this is yet another disastrous chapter in the latest saga regarding Kliff Kingsbury and Steve Keim. The fact that neither of these two have publicly spoken out against their former coaches’ actions imply lack of accountability.
Sure, neither Saxon nor Kugler are part of the organization, but given the lack of taking a stand here, what kind of message are they sending to the players? Case in point, someone should have said something regarding the issue. Instead, Kliff was still busy trying to throw it under the rug.
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