Joe Philbin’s son accused of leaving scene of crash


It’s been a rough week for Dolphins coach Joe Philbin.

In addition to the news that Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey has had and free-agent arrival Knowshon Moreno needs surgery, word has emerged that Philbin’s son, Matthew, is accused of causing an automobile accident that resulted in injury and leaving the scene of the incident.

According to Ayana Stewart of the Miami Herald, a police report accuses the 26-year-old Matthew Philbin of driving the wrong way on a one-way street and colliding with a 22-year-old female.  She suffered arm, head, and neck injuries.

A witness allegedly asked to use Matthew Philbin’s phone to call for help.  He declined, telling both the witness and victim to not call the police.  Matthew Philbin, a U.S. Army first lieutenant stationed at Fort Hood, then allegedly hailed a cab and fled the scene.

But he left behind his his wallet, his military ID card, and his phone.  On the phone were text messages from a friend who expressed concern that Matthew Philbin was driving drunk.

And it gets better.  Or depending on the perspective worse.

Matthew Philbin’s attorney allegedly called the police and asked them to postpone the investigation because Matthew Philbin was due to be promoted to captain.  The crash victim’s father learned of the request — and personally called Fort Hood to tell them about the charges.

It’s a bizarre situation with a litany of bad decisions from Matthew Philbin, if the allegation are true.  From driving drunk to leaving the scene of an accident to trying to finagle a delay in the prosecution, it’s a very bad look for the adult son of a man whose job duties include finding a way to persuade team consisting of men roughly the same age to make far better decisions on a regular basis.

36 responses to “Joe Philbin’s son accused of leaving scene of crash

  1. I think we see from time to time that some of these great football minds have spent so much time writing up game plans that they’ve neglected their own families a bit. Many boys would have problems if their dads spent all their time at work.

  2. Its been a bad few years for Philbin both personally and professionally. He’s a really good guy but he’s in way over his head right now. As he proved in Green Bay, he’s a great coordinator, but head coach is a completely different animal.

    Its difficult enough to deal with strictly coaching matters, but add in all the Incognito crap from last year and now all his personal issues……he’s swimming upstream without a paddle.

  3. I feel for Joe Philbon. His sons, while grown men are his sons and their troubles are hard for anyone to endure.

    I am thinking after last year, it may be time for Joe to step back for a bit. Life is not fair. Andy Reid has been able to handle it. But there are exceptions and rules.

  4. So he requested a cab after the accident and not before? The cabbie must have been thrilled Lt. Philbin left his wallet at the scene of the crash, allegedly.

  5. Oh please, his son is a 26 year old man and an officer in the US Army, it’s long past time to blame daddy problems for his mistakes. No matter how good or bad of a parent a person has, they are still responsible for their own decisions.

  6. Hailing a cab in order to flee the scene of an accident has to be the slowest getaway of all time.

    Also, was the cabby so hard up for a good fare that he ignored the car accident he pulled up to?

  7. We constantly criticize these young athletes for their life choices such as having illegitimate children or whatever. But, we seem to give a pass to these coaches who are never there for their families and when tragedy strikes we make the coaches out to be sympathetic victims.

    Andy Reid, Tony Dungy, and Joe Philbin are just a few examples. These coaches all have the means to be there for their families but choose not too because of their addictions to winning. We talk about what great men and leaders they are because they can convince a bunch of immature he-men to chase each other around over an oblong ball.

    The media rarely talks about their personal lives out of “respect” for the coaches. It’s really that the coaches wouldn’t talk to them if they did. But, the same media has no problem blasting an athlete for less transgressions.

    Being a father is a far greater responsibility than coaching a football team. That is part of being a man, being a father, if you happen to have children.

    As cool as it may be to have a father who is the head coach of a football team, at any level, I guarantee most of those kids would rather just have a father at home with them.

  8. We knew Philbin had zero clue what was going on in his locker room. It’s apparent the guy has zero clue what’s going on with his family either.

  9. Nobody gives these coaches a pass, I’m not sure where that claim is coming from. There are lots more advantages to a father making coaching money than not and its not like Joe was completely absent. A father doesn’t have to be present at all times to instill values in their offspring. No matter the situation, great parents can raise a jerk and in turn, bad parents can still turn out a great person. Philbins kids is 26 years old and an officer in the US Army. He would have had to go through boot camp, training related to his MOS, and officer school. If there is one thing this kid has been taught, its discipline and values, but still he made a terrible error in judgement. In the end its up to the individual, not Joe philbin… why don’t you take a break from the excuses, this country does enough of that with its domestic policies.

  10. I don’t think it’s fair for the media to be blasting the sons personal life in the media. He didn’t sign up for the spot light his father did and that doesn’t make it fair to cover him by proxy. Parents can preach all they want kids will still make their own choices when they become adults which in no way reflect upon the parents. My aunt by marriage was a drug addict her parents offered all the help they could they raised another kid to be an outstanding police officer but she choose otherwise that’s not their fault.

    Again cover the coach cover the team but leave his family out of it.

  11. Apparently the difficulty in raising responsible children has translated into difficulty ensuring that his NFL team acts responsibly.

  12. “She suffered arm, head, and neck injuries.”
    Hope she’s OK and that he gets what’s coming to him and I hope that’s prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. A leader of men placed his personal welfare above someone he injured – unconscionable!

    If his dad’s not high profile, we hear nothing about this. Probably doesn’t make local papers. Who’s naive enough to think privilege is NOT reserved for certain people?

    I feel for Philbin for one reason only and that is because he lost a son to drowning a few years back, but this son has to be dealt with.

  13. Personally, I think this story is newsworthy more for the fact that he’s a high ranking individual in the US military who not only drove VERY DRUNK (going the wrong way on a one-way street indicates significant impairment), and then deliberately failed to render aid to an injured person…who he personally injured! So a job promotion was more important to him than the fact that this woman needed medical attention? I certainly hope the military doesn’t knowingly promote self-entitled people with zero moral fiber up through the ranks regularly.

    For those saying that the families (especially children) of players and coaches didn’t sign up for the public scrutiny that goes along with the job, I completely agree. But this guy did choose a career that should allow for even more public scrutiny when atrocious behavior like this occurs…especially since we tax-payers essentially fund their paychecks.

    Could be headed for a court-martial…

  14. My understanding is that drunk driving alone means he’s going to be an ex-Army officer sooner than later.

  15. Anybody blaming the Philbins on bad parenting have never had children or if by some miracle they were able to find what you have to do to have children they are so far up their own posteriors they will need an extraction team to get them out. Come on do we need to blame a parent because their 26 year old behaved like a complete idiot.

  16. It further bothers me that he had sufficient mental capacity to call for a cab after the accident (to escape getting busted and cover his butt with the military and his career), but not enough sense to hop a cab beforehand….even with a concerned friend texting his/her concerns about his level of drunkenness behind the wheel. The friend who was texting obviously must have been with him and tried to talk him out of driving in the first place.

    Then later (and presumably sober?) he has his lawyer try to interfere with a police investigation to essentially lie to his employers, which amounts to deliberately covering up a crime. Lawyers don’t do something like this without their client’s express consent or instigation. This guy comes across as a habitual liar, appears to lack any conscience whatsoever, and portrays deliberate criminal behavior. Unless the story has been incorrectly reported, he belongs in jail.

    If our military officers behave like this, it kind of makes me soften my judgement (a little) of less educated and more pampered NFL players who commit stupid infractions (like PEDs) that really only “hurt” their own health and wallets, and only “injure” their team by not being able to contribute.

  17. Who would want to be led into battle with this Philbin may be an “officer” (for now) but he’s certainly no gentleman.

  18. Our most talented people are CEO’s of companies now(Jobs/Gates) rather than leaders of our country.

    This shift has left the country with a nebulous mass from which we extract our leaders.

  19. What a coward he should have stayed at the accident and took ownership of what he had done. He left because he was drunk. He is unethical and should be charged. Plus he does not deserve to be promoted to captain.

  20. Sad for all involved. A young woman injured because of a stupid decision. A young man with a promising future thrown away. A father with an adult son facing serious consequences. And a bunch of pin-heads making ignorant comments. Truly sad.

  21. There goes the Army career. As a Navy vet I’m glad to see the victims father call Fort Hood but I’m sure they won’t be as hard on an officer as they would be on an enlisted guy

  22. The kid is 26 years old. The bad decisions he made are that of a 26 year old ADULT. Dad and Mom can only do so much.
    The fact that this young Army officer went to these lengths to cover up a potential DUI says more about his bad choices than it says anything about his family.
    We don’t know how he was raised or what parental skills his father had or might have been lacking. All we do know for sure is that the young man was at the scene of an accident and left under suspiscion of being intoxicated behind the wheel.
    It is sad indeed that he did not have the moral courage to stand up and accept his responsibility as he was trained to do by the Army. Sadder still that he hurt somebody in the event.

  23. He did serve a year overseas, maybe he has ptsd and he had a flashback. This article sounds like you are jumping to conclusions and possibly bullying him. Innocent until proven guilty still exists, right?

  24. It’s easy to sit at a desk at home and leave comments on situations and actions of others when the adrenaline isn’t flowing. This guy is really still a kid. This isn’t to say that what happened or decisions that made were the correct ones. When you realize that a bad decision was made and you’re scared, a lot of times you react out of fear. This is a kid who is a military officer, his father is in a very public and prominent position. How many of us have made a bad snap decision? It really pisses me off when people make comments that are idiotic and cowardly. He will be judged one way or another. Most of you should shut up and work on how perfect you obviously are. This man is a military officer, give him a little credit. I would like to take a poll of how many of the people making these stupid comments have served? I have and I could have easily been is his shoes, just lucky I guess! You people need to work on your own lives, hug your kids, kiss your wife, take your dog for a walk and volunteer somewhere. Shame on you all, and mind your own business before trying to handle everyone else s!

  25. You know, I’m not done! This guy dreamicus talks about how Joe Phillbin is not there for his kids, or the other coaches he mentioned. Dreamicus – do you have kids? Do you work? How about some credit that he raised a child well enough that this kid who you think was ignored is a military officer who at 28 is serving our country, is about to be promoted to Captain and is a college grad. Maybe you didn’t realize that top be an officer you have to have a degree. How dare you speak about Andy Reid, Tony Dungy! Well I speak too soon, you obviously know the men, you know that Andy Reid gave his son a job trying to help him and keep him close. You also I’m sure know t6hat Joe Phillbin lost a son not too long ago as well. Like I said before go walk your dog if you have one, if you don’t please don’t get one! Unbelievable!!!!

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