According to various online sources including the Associated Press, 25-year-old running back Jonathan Dwyer of the Arizona Cardinals was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of domestic violence. Dwyer is facing criminal charges of “aggravated assault and preventing someone from calling 911.”
The charges stem from two individual incidents at Dwyer’s residence involving a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old child. Phoenix Police Sergeant Trent Crump told the press police were called to Dwyer’s home on July 21 after neighbors reported a disturbance.
They initially investigated the incident and spoke with the unnamed woman. Officers did not speak with Dwyer. Crump believes that Dwyer still on site but “was hiding in the home.” A second incident occurred again at Dwyer’s home the next day. Following an assault on the woman, Dwyer grabbed a shoe and threw it at their 18-month-old child.
This example of domestic violence follows a recent run of incidents of high profile assaults involving other NFL (National Football League) football players. Recently running back Ray Price of the Baltimore Ravens was “suspended indefinitely” following the emergence of a video that shows him striking his then-fiancé.
Following Price’s penalization, Adrian Peterson, running back for the Minnesota Vikings, was indicted on charges of child-abuse. Some people have been stating that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ever since he initially only gave price a two-game ban. The league announced earlier this week that they are going to hire four women to serve as “advisers on domestic violence.”
The NFL also just released a statement concerning Dwyer. It read (in part): “We became aware of these allegations this afternoon when notified by Phoenix police and are co-operating fully. Given the serious nature of the allegations we have taken the immediate step to deactivate Jonathan from all team activities. We will continue to closely monitor this as it develops and evaluate additional information as it becomes available.”
Cardinals Jonathan Dwyer Busted For Domestic Violence