Report: Cardinals fired Sean Kugler for groping a woman in Mexico City

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On Tuesday, the Cardinals surprisingly fired offensive line coach/run game coordinator Sean Kugler. The team shared no details.

Details are now emerging.

Via John Weinfuss of ESPN.com, Kugler groped a woman on Sunday night in Mexico City. Mexican authorities were informed of the incident. The Cardinals were then told about it.

The Cardinals fired Kugler on the spot. He flew back to Arizona on Monday morning.

Amazingly, the development was kept under wraps, even with ESPN employees preparing to televise the game and an NFL Films crew embedded with the Cardinals for the in-season Hard Knocks series.

It’s the kind of information that should have been shared. It’s the kind of information that, if obtained by those with betting interests, could have influenced last-minute wagering decisions.

A move like that creates a last-minute distraction and disruption. It’s a lot for the team to process on the day of the game. And it can contribute to, for example, a 38-10 loss to cap the day.

48 responses to “Report: Cardinals fired Sean Kugler for groping a woman in Mexico City

  1. Kinda want to watch hard knocks for the first time. Maybe they will also reveal the coloring book that Kliff Kingsbury gets his plays from.

  2. There were a lot of reasons that the Cardinals lost. Kugler’s firing is way down the list.

  3. MortimerInMiami says:
    November 23, 2022 at 9:44 am
    An apparent crime was committed and most importantly is wagering decisions?
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    My thoughts exactly! It all revolves around gambling now.
    Integrity of the sport is not sustainable in this atmosphere.

  4. Between creepy Kugler and Todd Downing, it hasn’t been a good week for White NFL assistant coaches.

  5. Lots of pretty girls at the stadium, but they weren’t there for Sean Kugler. Apparently he is the second AZ coach to get the boot for assaulting a woman. Something in the water there, time for someone to blow it all up.

  6. @MortimerInMiami he was arrested. He was fired on the spot. The crime has been dealt with (except for the turning of the wheels of justice). So yes, the most important thing left is its impact to the team.

  7. finally, a team does the right thing when it comes to men behaving badly, and instead of giving them kudos, you say the team not making the incident public is unfair to Vegas and the betting community? It’s becoming very difficult to figure out what value system is being practiced around here

  8. Kugler coached the Steelers O-Line a few seasons back. Believe me, his absence could only have helped the Cardinal’s chances.

  9. “ could have influenced last minute wagering decisions.” GTFOOH! Yeah I always look at the RB coach before I make my bets! Also, pretty sure the 49ers would have beat them 38-10 even if this guy was with the team!

  10. The Cardinals commit crimes against football every time they take the field.

  11. I don’t think I agree that it should have been revealed before the game. As you noted, it causes a major distraction, and would probably have a big impact on the game. I think one could argue that it would have a bigger impact disclosing it than not disclosing it. Either way gambling isn’t the point. A woman getting groped by an assistant coach in the NFL is.

  12. gmjoe says:
    November 23, 2022 at 10:08 am

    “so why were you fired from your last job?
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    A question that won’t be asked in any interview by any legally aware employer.

    In his case, doesn’t need to be asked because it’s public record.

    But just so you know… in terms of former employment, the law is that all a former employer can tell you is whether or not a person WAS in fact employed there. They cannot detail reasons not to hire you or could be sued.

    So, a person knowing that is not going to OFFER details to someone asking any kind of question like that since they know the former employer can’t reveal it.

  13. No team should ever be motivated to disclose personnel decisions by a perceived need to uphold the “integrity” of a betting line.

  14. So much for Bidwell’s “I’m a lawyer and I can sense people with good intentions”. Its the most Cardinals thing the Cardinals could do

  15. he definitely should be fired, but….if a coach is fired for groping a women, why cant playes be fired for the same thing, or for assulting a women, non violent sexual assault of a women?? double standard

  16. So it works the same way on that plantation as it does on this one I see, guilty until proven innocent I see.

  17. The one bright part of the Arizona Cardinals 2022 season is their new shiny black helmets with red flaks in them ,and the faded Cardinal wings……that’s about IT!!!

  18. We need to adopt the mexico justice system of within 24 hrs of arrest, try case, and sentence if convicted. May be a bit exaggerated, but swift justice is sorely needed.

  19. No team should ever be motivated to disclose personnel decisions by a perceived need to uphold the “integrity” of a betting line.
    _________________________________________________

    Let me hear a double amen to this!!!

  20. ktoast says:
    November 23, 2022 at 10:07 am
    finally, a team does the right thing when it comes to men behaving badly, and instead of giving them kudos, you say the team not making the incident public is unfair to Vegas and the betting community? It’s becoming very difficult to figure out what value system is being practiced around here
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    I’ve never wished I could thumbs up a post multiple times, but this is it. The team did exactly what every decent person thinks they should have done in this situation, but now there’s fault because the bettors didn’t know about it?

  21. Being a fan of this team is so frustrating.

    Entire Organization needs an overhaul.. and NOT anybody promoted from within.. which they have done the past 26 years.

    Keim Gone..
    Kingsbury Gone…

    It’s ridiculous…

    Keim has TWO Duis and is fine…

    Now this crap…

    We deserve better.

  22. “I’m sure his wife was wondering why he came home so early.”

    She hardly had enough time to throw all his stuff on the front lawn.

  23. So Cardinal coaches are fired when they are arrested but not GMs? Blow it up! New GM and coach. Send Murray packing. Demeco Ryan and Dan Quinn would top my list. The NFL has shifted back to defense first. Maybe a coach like Ryan brings Jimmy G with him.

  24. Guy may never see the NFL again but … Deshawn Watson got 200 million for doing it what 20 + times LOL@NFL

  25. Geez. Can’t a guy have a little fun anymore?? LOL All kidding aside, I think back to the 70s and 80s, when stuff like this happened every day and nobody knew about it and it was laughed off. Now you get fired on the spot. No questions, no investigation. You gone

  26. Most telling part is he was outright fired IMMEDIATELY. No investigation into credibility of the story. Suggests this may have been witnessed by other people with the team and/or he was already on warning for such behavior.

  27. At what point does the league and it’s media partners realize that gambling is tarnishing the legacy of the game and is actively causing many fans to push away from the game.

  28. I’m no legal expert, but if the accused was allowed to depart Mexico after the police were involved, does this imply that the matter was resolved within the city’s legal system?

  29. The reason the information should be shared has nothing to do with betting.
    If a crime was committed, the NFL is supposed to be notified.
    There may be a delay of several hours, and whether that impacts betting is irrelevant.

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