The Blades retracted the offer to Evans after heavy criticism and high-profile club supporters speaking out.
"I'm angry that we are not able to get a chance to do for this footballer what should be done," Phipps said.
"The influence of mob-like behaviour has made it difficult to take the simple step of allowing Ched to train.
"I'm upset that we are not able to do what we wanted to do.
"But I acknowledge that my view is not the only view. My principles and the board's principles are not the only thing that matter.
"I will acknowledge that our decision to not let Ched train is probably a decision that will make it harder for him to get on with his football career in the immediate future.
"The people who believe that Ched should be punished for the rest of his life might call that a victory. I think of it as a defeat for the principle that punishment under the justice system should be left to those that are authorised by law."
We came very close to having a situation like this at Newcastle United with Titus Bramble.
THREE times he has been accused of rape - at London, Newcastle and Yarm - but (we must add) all three cases were dropped.
If Alan Pardew was interested in taking Ched Evans to St James' Park, would YOU be happy?
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