Phoenix Mercury fire assistant coach Todd Troxel after alleged assault

"We cannot continue his employment."
Posted at 4:37 PM, Jan 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-08 18:38:34-05

PHOENIX — Phoenix Mercury assistant coach Todd Troxel has been fired by the team following an investigation into an alleged assault involving his fianceé, the team announced Tuesday.

"After a media report alerted us to an incident involving Troxel and his fianceé, we immediately retained an outside firm to conduct an independent investigation that included interviews with both involved parties," the Mercury said in a statement Tuesday.

"We have determined that Troxel's conduct on that night was unacceptable and does not represent our values as an organization, and we cannot continue his employment. We recognize domestic violence as a significant problem, and we will continue our work with local organizations that support and protect victims and their families. Our league, our team, and our staff are committed to our mission of uplifting women, being an inclusive and safe space for all, and inspiring the next generation.”

Troxel was charged with one count of assault and one count of disorderly conduct in late December, after photos obtained by TMZ Sports showed broken glass and blood at his home following an apparent scuffle. According to TMZ, Troxel put his fist through the window, severing two arteries. His fianceé allegedly suffered a dislocated finger in the scuffle.

"There were injuries sustained during a domestic incident where a window was broken," Paradise Valley Police Lieutenant Michael Cole said.