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Fired Arizona Cardinals assistant coach hires law firm to investigate ‘mystery allegations’


Sean Kugler, former offensive line coach and running game coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals, hired a law firm after being fired last month.

The cardinals relieved Kugler of his duties as the team prepared for its game in Mexico City against the San Francisco 49ers.

Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Justin Murray (71) with offensive line coach Sean Kugler during the second half of a game against the Cleveland Browns at State Farm Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona.
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The Shields Pettini law firm claims the Cardinals fired Kugler over “unsubstantiated allegations that he inappropriately touched a security guard.”

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“The allegations against Coach Kugler are simply false and have caused Sean, his wife and his family enormous personal and professional harm,” said attorney Michael Pettini. “Coach and his family have been desperate to understand from the Cardinals front office and others what reason or evidence was used to fire him for cause.”

The law firm filed a request for arbitration with the NFL and claims that Kugler was fired without an interview or a thorough investigation by the team.

Arizona Cardinals offensive line coach Sean Kugler talks to his players during a game against the New England Patriots on November 29, 2020 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Arizona Cardinals offensive line coach Sean Kugler talks to his players during a game against the New England Patriots on November 29, 2020 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
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Kugler, who was signed by the Cardinals in 2019he made his first statement since being fired, claiming it may have been a case of mistaken identity.

“Respecting women is a core value to me and something I have instilled in my sons and the players I coach,” Kugler said in a statement. “The Cardinals’ mysterious allegations are false and I want to clear my name. Whether it’s a miscommunication or mistaken identity, my family and I will fully and honestly cooperate with the NFL, Cardinals or any other agency to get to the truth in this matter and restore my reputation.”

Arizona Cardinals offensive line coach Sean Kugler punches Rodney Hudson after a play during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on October 3, 2021 in Inglewood, California.

Arizona Cardinals offensive line coach Sean Kugler punches Rodney Hudson after a play during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on October 3, 2021 in Inglewood, California.
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The alleged incident took place the previous Saturday arizona was scheduled to play in San Francisco on Monday Night Football.

“As an ongoing legal matter, we will refrain from comment other than to say that the team is confident that the process will result in a very different set of facts than those presented today and that it had good reason to fire Mr. Kugler.” the Cardinals said in a statement.

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Kugler also spent time in the NFL with the Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions. He was also the head coach of the UTEP Miners from 2013-2017.

Associated Press contributed to this report



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