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Arizona Cardinals fire assistant coach Sean Kugler after incident in Mexico City

The Arizona Cardinals have fired Sean Kugler, the offensive line coach and run game coordinator. The Cardinals have not officially confirmed Kugler’s dismissal, but the coach was not listed on the team’s website Tuesday.

Sources told ESPN that Kugler allegedly touched a woman on Sunday night and the Cardinals were contacted by Mexican authorities notified of the incident.

Coach Kliff Kingsbury told Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic that Kugler was fired for an unspecified incident that occurred Sunday night in Mexico City, the day before the team’s 38–10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers at Estadio Azteca. Was found

Kingsbury said, “We relieved him of his duties, and he was sent home the Monday morning before the game.” told McManaman, “Any time you replace an employee like that, it’s challenging.”

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Arizona Cardinals offensive line coach Sean Kugler is shown after a play during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on October 03, 2021 in Inglewood, California.

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The coach did not elaborate on the reason for the dismissal.

Kugler, 56, had been on Kingsbury’s staff since 2019 and was the head coach at UTEP from 2013 to 2017. He was popular with the players and Kingsbury regularly praised his work.

The Cardinals are 4-7 this season and injuries on the offensive line have been one of the team’s many issues. Four of the five players missed Monday night’s game due to various ailments.

Kugler is the second member of the Cardinals’ coaching staff to face discipline this season. Running backs coach James Saxon was placed on administrative leave after being charged with two counts of domestic battery.

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