NFL player Dwyer out of Arizona jail after domestic violence arrest

Thu Sep 18, 2014 1:16pm EDT
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By David Schwartz

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer posted bond and was released from a county jail on Thursday, a day after he was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault in the latest domestic violence case involving a National Football League player.

Dwyer was taken into custody on Wednesday hours after two other NFL teams placed players embroiled in domestic violence cases on leaves of absence amid intensifying criticism from corporate sponsors and politicians of America's top sports league.

    The 25-year-old Dwyer stepped out of the Fourth Avenue Jail in downtown Phoenix into a throng of reporters and television cameras after posting a $25,000 cash-only bond following his initial appearance in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Asked by journalists about the allegations involving a 27-year-old woman and their 18-month-old child, which include an accusation that he threw a shoe at the boy, Dwyer said, "I'd never hurt my son."

The Cardinals said on Wednesday they had deactivated him from all team activities, "given the serious nature of the allegations."

The Phoenix Police Department said officers began investigating after neighbors reported hearing fights at the couple's home twice in July.

Shortly after that, the woman left Arizona with the child, citing fears for her safety, police said. On Sept. 11, she reported the two alleged incidents to police.

Detectives arrested the first-year Cardinals player at the team's training facility on charges of aggravated assault causing a fracture, aggravated assault involving a minor, criminal damage, preventing the use of a telephone in an emergency, and assault.   Continued...

Aug 16, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; 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