Dwyer of NFL's Arizona Cardinals arrested on suspicion of domestic violence

Wed Sep 17, 2014 10:24pm EDT
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By David Schwartz

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Detectives in Phoenix arrested Jonathan Dwyer, a running back with the NFL's Arizona Cardinals, on charges of aggravated assault in connection with two alleged incidents of domestic violence in late July, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

The Phoenix Police Department gave few details but said the incidents involved a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old child. In an email, Sergeant Trent Crump said Dwyer "admitted to the incidents, however, denied any physical assaults."

Crump said the 25-year-old player was booked into 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, one count of preventing the use of a phone in an emergency, and assault. 

The Cardinals said they became aware of the allegations on Wednesday afternoon when they were notified by Phoenix police, and they said they are cooperating fully.

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

Crump said the two incidents were reported to police by neighbors who said they heard fights, and that soon afterward the woman fled the state with her and Dwyer's child, citing safety concerns for herself.

He said the victim reported her injuries to police on Sept. 11, and said she also received text messages from the player in which he threatened to kill himself.

"They were threatening text messages, and most of them were an indication that he was going to harm himself," Crump said.   Continued...

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer (20) runs with the ball around Minnesota Vikings linebacker Gerald Hodges (50) to score a touchdown in the first quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports