Darius Philon

A former defensive lineman at Arkansas was released by his new team, the Arizona Cardinals, after being arrested Friday in Phoenix following a three-month investigation.

Darius Philon, who played for the Razorbacks from 2012-2014, has been under investigation since May after reports that he threatened to shoot a dancer outside of an Arizona strip club, according to ESPN. 

Police began investigating Philon after receiving a report that he had threatened to shoot a dancer outside of a strip club in Arizona, according to ESPN. After nearly three months of investigation, officers detained Philon Friday on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. 

Philon was released Saturday on $5,000 bond with permission to leave Arizona, according to NBC Sports.

The Arizona Cardinals released Philon hours after he posted bond. The Cardinals already paid Philon $4 million as a signing bonus in March, and Philon is guaranteed $1 million base salary in 2019 even after being released. If he passes through waivers, Philon will become an unrestricted free agent.

In his NFL career, Philon has appeared in 54 games, starting 19 of them. During that span, he has compiled 121 tackles and 9.5 sacks. He signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Cardinals on March 21.

Philon last played for the Hogs in 2014 and compiled 92 tackles over two seasons at Arkansas. He was drafted in the 6th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.

Drew Watzke is the sports editor of the Arkansas Traveler. Previously, he worked as a sports writer and columnist from 2018-2019.

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