The Arizona Cardinals have placed one of their assistant coaches on paid leave after his arrest on domestic battery charges recently surfaced.
Veteran running backs coach James Saxon is away from the team after his May arrest in Indianapolis for allegedly roughing up a woman in front of two children at a home she shares with her mother, ESPN reported.
The 56-year-old Saxon, who moved into coaching after an eight-year playing career with the Chiefs, Dolphins and Eagles, was charged with two counts of domestic battery, including one for assault in front of a child younger than 16.
Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury announced Saxon's leave at a press conference on Friday. The team also released a statement, according to Pro Football Talk:
“We are aware of the incident and notified the NFL as required,” the statement said. “The matter is currently under review pursuant to league policies. After consultation with the league office, James has been placed on paid administrative leave. We will have no further comment pending additional proceedings.”
According to the woman's account of the incident in the probable cause affidavit, the episode began with an argument at a nearby Costco. It spilled over at the residence, where Saxon pushed her repeatedly, at one point causing her to fall to the floor in the garage, per ESPN.
Saxon, who also coached with the Steelers, Vikings, Dolphins, Chiefs and Bills, posted a $2,000 bond after a warrant for his arrest was issued for his arrest in early June. A restraining order was issued and Saxon was fitted for a GPS tracking device, though it was removed in late July.
One of the charges is a felony and carries a sentence of six months to 2.5 years and fine of up to $10,000, the ESPN report said.