Cardinals RBs coach James Saxon is charged with two counts of domestic battery following an alleged incident in May
- James Saxon has been placed on administrative leave as a result of the charges
- Cardinals said they were ‘aware of the incident’ and knew about the arrest in May
- Saxon has coached running backs with the Steelers and Dolphins as well
Arizona Cardinals running backs coach James Saxon has been charged in Indianapolis with two counts of domestic battery stemming from an alleged incident in May.
One of the counts is a felony that includes domestic battery committed in the presence of a child less than 16 years old.
An attorney listed as representing Saxon did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the case Friday.
James Saxon has been with the Cardinals since 2019, and previously coached with the Steelers
Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said Saxon has been placed on administrative leave.
Kingsbury added that the team knew about Saxon’s arrest when it happened in May.
‘We are aware of the incident and notified the NFL as required,’ the Cardinals said in a statement.
‘The matter is currently under review pursuant to league policies. After consultation with the league office, James has been placed on paid administrative leave. We will have no further comment pending additional proceedings.’
ESPN first reported the arrest.
Saxon is a longtime running backs coach who has been with the Cardinals since 2019. He was the running backs coach for the Miami Dolphins from 2000 to 2019. He played eight years in the NFL from 1988 to 1995.
According to online records, the next step in Saxon’s case is on August 25, when an attorney’s conference is scheduled.
Don Shumpert and Kenny Bell will reportedly took over RB coaching duties with Saxon on administrative leave.
Don Shumpert and Kenny Bell (pictured) will reportedly take over RB coaching duties