Some regular readers of our Prescott Valley Criminal Law Blog undoubtedly recall that in 2005, the Arizona Cardinals conducted their preseason training camp just a few miles from here in Prescott. While those days are long gone, we know that football fans in our area are typically enthusiastic about the Cards.

The team recently suffered a serious setback when it released 25-year-old starting defensive end Darius Philon after he was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Philon was signed an unrestricted free agent during the offseason to a two-year deal that the team hoped would bolster its defense.

The fifth-year starter has apparently been accused of pulling a gun and threatening two women at a strip club. According to a news report, the women entered a vehicle in the club’s parking lot. The football player is alleged to have then brandished the weapon and asked the women “which one of you wants a bullet?”

Clearly, the criminal charge is a serious one that could mean significant time behind bars if he is convicted. But as in so many cases, the implications of the arrest go much further. In Philon’s case, he could be suspended without pay for six games or even longer.

That is, of course, assuming that another team signs the former University of Arkansas standout. After he was picked in the sixth round of the 2015 draft, he played for the San Diego Chargers.

Those who face similar assault charges should decline to speak to a prosecutor until after they have talked with an experienced criminal defense attorney about the allegations, evidence and their legal options.