Report: Vikings OC Wes Phillips Was Arrested on Friday Night, Will Still Travel with Team to Las Vegas

The Minnesota Vikings, and particularly one of their coaches, found themselves in a bit of trouble on Friday night.

Offensive coordinator Wes Phillips was arrested for a misdemeanor DWI. Luckily, nothing serious came as a result of the coach’s actions, and he was released hours later on bail.

Vikings OC Wes Phillips Was Arrested on Friday Night

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Sep 30, 2022; Thundridge, United Kingdom; Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Wes Phillips during practice at Hanbury Manor. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Seifert of ESPN reported the news, tweeting, “Vikings OC Wes Phillips was arrested Friday night for misdemeanor DWI. He has since been released on bond. He’ll accompany the team to Las Vegas.”

The Vikings also released a statement (shown in Seifert’s tweet) that read, “Wes immediately notified the team following his arrest last night. This morning we contacted the NFL, and after internal discussion, made the decision Wes will travel with the team to Las Vegas this afternoon. We will continue to gather information regarding the incident and have further comment at the appropriate time.”

Phillips joined the Vikings during the 2022 offseason, being one of the first hires to Kevin O’Connell’s coaching staff. The Vikings OC spent time coaching the tight ends with the Los Angeles Rams while O’Connell was the offensive coordinator. The two won a Super Bowl together during the 2021 season.

Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell against the Cincinnati Bengals during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network provided more insight into the situation, tweeting, “#Vikings OC Wes Phillips was arrested at approximately 10 p.m. Friday on a misdemeanor DUI charge, blowing 0.08 after being pulled over by the Minnesota State Patrol. He was released from jail a few hours later and will travel today with the team to Las Vegas.”

As suggested in the reports, though, the Vikings have deemed that Phillips will still be able to be with the team when they take on the Las Vegas Raiders tomorrow and attempt to improve to 7-6. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:05 PM Central at Allegiant Stadium.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.