Another NFL player has been arrested and disciplined by the League for alleged abuse. Arizona Cardinals Running Back Jonathan Dwyer was deactivated from all team activities after his arrest Wednesday on charges of aggravated assault for two events that reportedly occurred in July.
According to the Phoenix Police Department, the assault charges are based on two incidents involving a 27-year-old female and an 18-month-old child that allegedly occurred at Dwyer’s home in southeast Phoenix on July 21 at 8 a.m. and July 22 at 4 p.m.
Dwyer, 25, was booked into Maricopa County Jail on Wednesday on one count of aggravated assault causing a fracture, one count of aggravated assault involving a minor, two counts of criminal damage, one count of preventing the use of a phone in an emergency, and assault. He was freed on a $25,000 cash bond early Thursday and ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device.
Phoenix authorities have described a rocky relationship between Dwyer and the woman who reportedly escalated into violence on July 21. Sgt. Trent Crump described the alleged incident that occurred on July 21, “Neighbors heard a fight and called police, who showed up at the residence but left without making an arrest because Dwyer hid in the bathroom and the woman said no one else was at the home. She said it was an argument on the phone only.”
The following day, on July 22, during another alleged dispute, Dwyer took the woman’s cellphone and threw it from the second floor of his home to prevent her from calling the police. Crump also confirmed there was an allegation that Dwyer threw a shoe at or toward his son, but would not elaborate.
The woman left the state soon after the alleged abuse, but came forward last week and has provided the police with information about her injuries and text messages she received from Dwyer where he said he would, “harm himself because of what had been going on.”
Unlike recent abuse charges involving current NFL players, the Arizona Cardinals responded swiftly once they learned of the incident on Wednesday. “Given the serious nature of the allegations we have taken the immediate step to deactivate Jonathan from all team activities,” the team said. “We will continue to closely monitor this as it develops and evaluate additional information as it becomes available.”
An NFL spokesperson said Dwyer’s arrest will be reviewed under the league’s personal conduct policy.