Arizona Cardinals reportedly fire assistant coach Kugler over groping allegation

The Arizona Cardinals have fired offensive line coach and run game coordinator Sean Kugler.

The Cardinals haven’t confirmed Kugler’s dismissal but the coach was no longer listed on the team’s website on Tuesday. Coach Kliff Kingsbury told The Arizona Republic that Kugler was fired for an incident that happened on Sunday night in Mexico City, one day before the team’s 38-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers at Estadio Azteca.

ESPN reported that Kugler had been fired after he allegedly groped a woman in Mexico City on Sunday.

“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 told the Arizona Republic on Tuesday. Kingsbury said Kugler was sent home on Monday morning before the game. The coach didn’t elaborate on what caused the dismissal.

The 56-year-old Kugler had been on Kingsbury’s staff since 2019 and was the head coach at UTEP from 2013 to 2017. Kugler is the second member of the Cardinals’ coaching staff to face discipline this season. Running backs coach James Saxon was placed on administrative leave after he was charged with two counts of domestic battery.