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During the NFL’s International Series, the Arizona Cardinals faced the San Francisco 49ers in Mexico City on Monday. Though the Cardinals lost to the 49ers 10-38, off-the-field drama overshadowed the loss after one of Arizona’s coaches was fired ahead of the game for allegedly groping a woman.
Sean Kugler, who is the Cardinals’ offensive line coach and running game coordinator, was fired and sent back to Arizona on Monday morning, before the game, after reportedly assaulting a woman in Mexico City on Sunday night, ESPN reported.
Mexican authorities were told about the groping and informed the team officials.
The team has not been specific about the details of the incident, the Arizona Republic reported.
But head coach Kliff Kingsbury did comment briefly on the issue and confirmed that Kugler was indeed booted and that it was permanent, not a temporary suspension.
“We relieved him of his duties, and he was sent home Monday morning prior to the game,” Kingsbury told the Republic.
“It’s challenging anytime you make a staff change in that type of manner, and I’m just going to leave it at that,” Kingsbury added.
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