An interesting case is brewing in Arizona, where Kugler Files launched the Arbitration Request
Back in November, Arizona Cardinals head coach/running coordinator Sean Kugler was sent home from Mexico City, and was fired a few days later by head coach Cliff Kingsbury and the organization.
The decision to send Kugler home from the game came after allegations surfaced that he had inappropriately touched a woman while traveling with the team.
Earlier this week, the law firm Shields Petitti representing Kugler filed a motion for arbitration.
The law firm’s statement calls the allegations against their client completely false, and states that the Cardinals fired Kugler without a thorough investigation and without interviewing him about the alleged incident.
“The allegations against Coach Coogler are simply untrue and have caused personal and professional harm to Sean, his wife and family,” stated Michael Pettitti, Shields Pettitti. “The coach and his family were desperate to understand from the Cardinals front office and others what rationale or evidence was used to terminate him for cause.”
Kugler’s statement in the press release is pretty much what you’d expect in this kind of situation, but note the part we decided to boldly show.
“Respect for women is a core value for me, and something that I instill in my children and the players I coach,” stated Coach Kugler. “The vague allegations by the cardinals are untrue, and I want my name cleared. Whether it was a misunderstanding or wrong identityMy family and I will fully and honestly cooperate with the NFL, the Cardinals, or any other agency to get to the bottom of this matter and restore my reputation. There are incredible people working on the game – from the league level to the players, my fellow coaches, and the amazing support staff. I simply want to get back to doing what I love, and may my family find peace.”
The deliberate reference to “miscommunication or mistaken identity” was certainly not accidental. Could this be a case of mistaken identity?
Well, ironically, it is mentioned when you look at the circumstances that followed the lawsuit.
On December 14th, the same day that the law firm Shields Petitti filed its motion for arbitration, Cardinals GM Steve Keim decided to take a leave of absence, citing health reasons. Seems strange, right? Maybe it was just a coincidence.
Looking at the photos below of Kugler and Keim side by side, could Kugler’s mention of potential mistaken identity have some merit?
For what it’s worth, Ian Rapoport shares the following from the Cardinals:
“As an ongoing legal matter, we will refrain from commenting other than to say that the team is confident that the process will result in a set of facts significantly different from that presented today and that it had good reason for terminating Mr. Kugler.”
Keeping in mind the said schedule, you be the judge. Until a full and thorough investigation of the matter is carried out, we will not know for sure.
Until then, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest
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