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Charges facing Arizona Cardinals assistant coach add to offseason controversy

The Arizona Cardinals announced Friday that an assistant coach has been placed on administrative leave after being charged with two counts of domestic battery. It’s the latest off-field controversy in what has been a turbulent preseason for the team. 

Running backs coach James Saxon has been charged with two counts of domestic battery, including one felony, after allegedly assaulting a woman in front of a child under the age of 16.

The news follows Wednesday’s arrest of one of the team’s biggest off-season acquisitions, wide receiver Marquise Brown, who was charged with criminal speeding on Loop 101.

Before this week’s legal issues, quarterback Kyler Murray’s contract status —and the fallout over a controversial homework clause — had been the team’s biggest preseason storyline.

And the specter of a racial discrimination lawsuit still hangs over the franchise. That suit involves Steve Wilks, who was fired after just one season as the Cardinals coach.

Ainsley Ryan is studying journalism at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. In addition to interning for KJZZ, she is a digital media intern with Sun Devil Athletics, producing multimedia content for their social media accounts.This past school year, Ryan was an ASU gymnastics reporter for the Walter Cronkite Sports Network (WCSN). She produced and edited multiple packages, which were published to WCSN's YouTube account. Ryan also did a live segment for Cronkite Sports Live.Ryan's passion for digital media and journalism runs deep. Before college, she was heavily involved in her high school's audio, video, technology and film program. During those four years, she gained experience both on and off camera. She was an anchor on her school's daily live news show and made news segments for it. She also won two national awards from the Student Television Network for her video work.