Arizona Cardinals defensive end Darius Philon was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly threatening to shoot a woman outside of a Phoenix strip club.
25-year-old Philon, who was a 2015 6th round draft pick, is accused of pointing a gun at a dancer in the parking lot of the VLive strip club on May 17 around 2:15 AM, according to a police report.
The alleged victim told police that Philon requested for her and another female to accompany him outside to his vehicle where he kept his money. While at his car, Philon allegedly grabbed a black handgun and pointed it at the alleged victim’s chest and said, “Which one of you wants a bullet?” The alleged victim told police she ran back into the club and Philon drove away.
She said Philon returned to the club the next night telling her he “wanted to make things right” and asked her to leave with him. She claims she denied the request and attempted to walk away, but Philon grabbed her arm and prevented her from leaving. Once she got away from him and returned to work, he continued to follow her around the club for 30 minutes before finally leaving.
The alleged victim did not notify authorities regarding the incident for several weeks before going to Phoenix PD, who then launched an investigation. Police concluded their investigation and arrested Philon Friday morning.
Following Philon’s arrest, the Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury stated that he would let both the legal process and the NFL’s process move forward in the case, according to ESPN.
“Obviously, we’re aware of the situation and the serious allegations,” Kingsbury said. “It’s been reported to the league.”
Since the arrest, Darius Philon has been released from the Arizona Cardinals.