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Details released in aggravated assault arrest of former Cardinals player Darius Philon

Posted: 11:20 AM, Aug 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-12 14:20:59-04
Darius Philon

PHOENIX — New details have been released in court documents regarding the arrest of former Arizona Cardinals football player Darius Philon.

According to Phoenix police on June 20 a woman contacted them accusing Darius Philon, 25, of pointing a gun at her in the parking lot of Vlive club near 40th Street and University Drive.

The woman reportedly told police that she did not come forward sooner because she had been offered money for her silence. Court records show that during payment negotiations, FBI investigators contacted her saying she was the subject of an extortion investigation.

This caused the woman to contact the police.

Police say the woman, who works at the club, and a co-worker met with Philon and another man, in a vehicle parked at the club. The victim reportedly told police that Philon pointed a handgun at her chest and asked, "Which one of them wanted a bullet?"

She convinced Philon to put the gun away. The victim told police it happened a second time before her and her co-worker walked back into the club.

A couple of days later Philon returned to the club and asked the women to leave with him because, "they needed to make this right," according to the woman.

Police say the co-worker confirmed the victim's account of what happened.

The man with Philon reportedly told police that he had his back to Philon and never saw a gun.

He did, however, say there were conversations between him and the victim about, "monetary payments to keep her quiet about the incident," according to court records.

According to court documents, Philon allegedly told police that he was at the club and owns a handgun, but denied his gun was with him while at the club. He also reportedly told police that "this incident is all over money which the FBI investigated and he did not point a gun at anyone."

Philon was arrested on August 9 for aggravated assault. He was released by the Cardinals the next day.