Arizona Cardinals' Jonathan Dwyer arrested for assault, deactivated from team activities

TEMPE, AZ - Arizona Cardinals' running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday after allegations of domestic abuse surfaced.

Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said Dwyer was taken into custody at the Cardinals training facility in Tempe on charges of aggravated assault and criminal damage, among others.

Crump said the alleged incidents took place on July 21 at 8 a.m. and July 22 at 4 p.m. at Dwyer's Ahwatukee home. Police said after both incidents, the victims, a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old child, left the state.

Dwyer posted bond Thursday morning and was released from MCSO custody. Dwyer was seen leaving the 4th Avenue jail in a taxi cab.

The victim reportedly called Phoenix police on Sept. 11, alleging Dwyer had sent her a photo of a knife and threatened to harm himself if she contacted authorities about the incidents.

Investigators then began looking into out-of-state medical records and interviewing witnesses, Crump said.

Police were initially called out to the residence on July 21 after neighbors heard a fight at the home. According to Crump, Dwyer hid in the bathroom until police left. The next day, Dwyer reportedly snatched the woman's phone and threw it from the second floor of their home to prevent her from calling police about another dispute.

The 25-year-old Cards player has admitted to the incidents, but denied any physical assaults, according to Crump. Police have also conducted a search at his home, located near Interstate 10 and Baseline Road.

In a statement released Wednesday evening, the Arizona Cardinals said, "Given the serious nature of the allegations we have taken the immediate step to deactivate Jonathan from all team activities."

Dwyer was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on one count of aggravated assault causing a fracture, one count of aggravated assault involving a minor, two counts of criminal damage and one count of preventing the use of a phone in an emergency and assault.

The NFL has been rocked by domestic violence issues ever since a videotape surfaced that showed former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator. Then Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was indicted on child-abuse charges.

Critics have been calling on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to step down after Rice only received a two-game suspension for the attack before the video emerged.

Dwyer, 25, signed with the Cardinals earlier this year and was their second-string running back after spending the last four years with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
 

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