Cardinals Release Assistant Coach Sean Kugler Following Allegations He Groped A Woman In Mexico City

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According to recent reports, former Cardinals assistant coach Sean Kugler was released from the team following allegations that he groped a woman while in Mexico City over the weekend. The Mexico City police reportedly were notified of the incident, which officials say took place on Sunday night. Kugler’s contract with the Cardinals organization was quickly terminated, and he was flown back to Arizona the following Monday morning.

Kugler was both the Cardinals’ offensive line coach and run game coordinator. The offensive line duties will be assumed temporarily by Steve Heiden, according to Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Kingsbury did not provide details on the nature of the alleged incident, noting that he is unable to due to the ongoing legal process.

The Cardinals were in Mexico City this past weekend for Monday Night Football, taking on the San Francisco 49ers in PrimeTime for an international game.

Kugler has been with the Cardinals coaching staff since the 2019 season. Before that, the 56-year-old coached for the Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Buffalo Bills. Kugler also coached at the collegiate level, coaching UTEP for five seasons from 2013-2017.

The Cardinals struggled to run the ball consistently against the 49ers’ defensive front-seven and struggled just as much in trying to protect quarterback Colt McCoy. McCoy got the start Monday night after starting quarterback Kyler Murray was ruled out due to a hamstring injury. As a result, the Cardinals suffered one of its biggest losses of the season as the 49ers secured a 38-10 blowout win over its division rival to take 1st-place in the NFC West.

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