PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Court documents obtained by Arizona’s Family are shedding some light on why a now former defensive lineman for the Arizona Cardinals is in trouble with the law.
Darius Philon was arrested on Aug. 9 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly pointing a gun at a woman and her friend and "asking which one of them wanted a bullet," according to court documents.
It happened early in the morning of May 17, 2019, in the parking lot of a Phoenix club where the women work, according to court paperwork, but the victim did not report it until June 20.
“The victim told officers she did not initially contact police because she had been offered money for her silence but during the payment negotiations investigators from the FBI contacted her to inform her she is the subject of an extortion investigation,” according to Philon’s public court documents.
Police say the victim, a dancer, told them she and a female co-worker had gone out to the parking lot with Philon and "a male business associate."
Court documents indicate, Philon, 25, pulled “a black handgun from the passenger door and pointed it at her chest while asking which one of them wanted a bullet.”
The victim said she told Philon to put the gun down and he did, but then pointed it at her a second time. According to the probable cause for arrest statement, she told Philon to put the gun down again, and when he did, she and her co-worker went back into the club.
Police said they spoke with the man who was with Philon. While he denied seeing a gun, he said he did see Philon “bend over and stand back up” and then saw the women “scurrying back, away from the vehicle.”
According to court documents, that man also said there was no extortion “although he confirmed there were conversations between he and the victim regarding monetary payments to keep her quiet about the incident.”
Police said there is surveillance video of the incident, but the camera was so far away that while Philon “appears to lean down … as if reaching for something” and “extend an arm outward toward the victim,” it’s impossible to see what – if anything – was in his hand.
When police arrested Philon, he confirmed being at the club on the date in question and admitted own a .40-caliber gun, according to court documents. He denied having the gun with him that morning.
“Darius repeatedly indicated this incident is all over money which the FBI investigated and he did not point a gun at anyone,” the probable cause for arrest statement reads.
A judge set a secured appearance bond of $5,000, which he has posted.
Philon’s release order notes that he is permitted to travel outside Arizona for job-related matters, but on Saturday, the Arizona Cardinals Football Club announced that the team has released him as a defensive lineman.
Philon played college ball at the University of Arkansas and was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 2015.
He signed a two-year deal worth $10 million with the Arizona Cardinals earlier this year.
Philon’s next court appearance is scheduled for Friday.