GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals have placed running backs coach James Saxon on paid administrative leave as he awaits a court date on domestic battery charges. Saxon was charged May 25 in Indianapolis with two counts of domestic battery, including a felony 6 felony for allegedly assaulting a woman in front of a child under 16.
“We are aware of the incident and have notified the NFL as appropriate,” the Cardinals said in a statement Friday. “The matter is currently under review in accordance with league policies. … We will have no further comment pending further proceedings.”
Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said Friday the team was aware of the situation when it happened.
The charges against Saxon stem from an alleged incident on May 7 that began with an argument at an Indianapolis-area Costco and continued at the woman’s home, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Saxon’s case is on hold until August 25, when a lawyers’ conference is scheduled and a trial date could be set.
The Level 6 felony charge (Indiana’s least serious) carries a sentence of six months to 2.5 years in prison and a potential fine of up to $10,000. The other charge, a Class A misdemeanor, carries up to a year in prison and a potential fine of up to $5,000.
Saxon continued to coach the Cardinals, who opened training camp on July 26.
Court records show that a warrant was issued for Saxon’s arrest on May 25, but he was recalled on June 8. Saxon posted $2,000 bond. A week later, on June 15, a restraining order was issued at an initial hearing and Saxon was fitted with a GPS tracking device, although it was withdrawn on July 21 over the objections of the state.
Saxon is accused of assaulting the woman in front of two children during an argument at the home she shares with her mother. According to her account in the probable cause affidavit, Saxon pushed her several times, including once which knocked her into the garage door. At one point in the argument, the woman alleged that James yelled at her, “You got your gun? You might as well shoot me now!”
Saxon was hired by Kingsbury on February 6, 2019. He served as an assistant coach for 23 seasons and was an NFL player for eight years, playing for three teams, the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles .