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Sports Cardinals assistant James Saxon facing domestic battery charges

20:02  05 august  2022
20:02  05 august  2022 Source:   usatoday.com

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Arizona Cardinals running backs coach James Saxon is facing domestic battery charges in Indiana stemming from an incident there earlier this summer, according to court records obtained by USA TODAY Sports on Friday.

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Saxon, 56, was visiting a woman in the Indianapolis area on May 7 when they got into an argument at a Costco that escalated upon returning to her home, according to the probable cause affidavit filed in the case. The woman told police that in the course of the argument, which took place with two young children present, Saxon pushed her with his forearm, causing her to fall backwards into a garage door.

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Saxon is facing two charges of domestic battery in connection with the incident: One misdemeanor and one Level 6 felony, which is the lowest level in the state's criminal code. Indiana law calls for a felony charge in cases where the offense occurs within the presence of a child under the age of 16.

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Saxon's attorney, Carman L. Malone, said she will vigorously defend her client but declined to otherwise comment, citing the pending nature of the case.

"We were made aware of this incident in May," the Cardinals said in a statement. "At that time, we also alerted the NFL as required and it is currently under review pursuant to League policies.”

ESPN, which first reported on the charges, noted that Saxon has continued to coach for the team at training camp, which opened late last month.

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The court has issued a no-contact order that bars Saxon from having any communication with the woman, who is not named in the affidavit. USA TODAY Sports does not identify victims of domestic violence without their permission.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for Aug. 25, according to court records.

A retired fullback who played parts of eight seasons in the NFL, Saxon has since spent more than two decades as a position coach. Before joining the Cardinals in 2019, he also worked as running backs coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills.

Contact Tom Schad at tschad@usatoday.com or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Cardinals assistant James Saxon facing domestic battery charges

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