Arizona Cardinals Running Back Arrested in Domestic Assault

Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
Running back Jonathan Dwyer, No. 20 of the Arizona Cardinals, carries the ball against the New York Giants during a game at MetLife Stadium Sept. 14, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. 
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It is safe to say that the NFL has a serious problem on its hands, with another football player being charged with aggravated assault and deactivated from all team activities.

According to ESPN, Arizona Cardinals player Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday evening after allegations of aggravated assault.


The incident reportedly involved a 27-year-old woman and their 18-month-old child and two visits by the Phoenix Police Department to Dwyer’s southeast-Phoenix home. ESPN reports that police were called to the home July 21 at 8 a.m. and July 22 at 4 p.m.    

It is unclear as to the nature of the calls, but police have charged Dwyer, 25, with "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 booked into Arizona's Maricopa County Jail on Wednesday.

"Given the serious nature of the allegations, we have taken the immediate step to deactivate Jonathan from all team activities," the Arizona Cardinals said, according to a release viewed by ESPN. "We will continue to closely monitor this as it develops and evaluate additional information as it becomes available."

The woman and child involved in the incident left Phoenix in July, but the woman did not file a police report until last Thursday. ESPN notes that after receiving the police report, investigators conducted "interviews with witnesses" and obtained "out-of-state medical records."

Read more at ESPN.

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