Arizona Cardinals' Jonathan Dwyer Arrested for Domestic Violence
He is the latest NFL player in legal trouble
Arizona Cardinals' running back Jonathan Dwyer has been arrested on domestic abuse charges.
Dwyer's charges stem from two separate July incidents in which he allegedly struck his wife Kayla, according to Phoenix TV station KTAR, which first reported the news. Police said Dwyer admitted the July incidents occurred but denied that he assaulted his wife.
The charges against Dwyer include assault, one count of aggravated assault causing a fracture, one count of aggravated assault involving a minor, two counts criminal damage and one count of preventing the use of a phone in an emergency.
Dwyer and his wife have an 18-month old son together. The incidents allegedly took place on July 21 and 22 at Dwyer's house in Phoenix, according to a media advisory from the Phoenix Police Department. His wife and son left Arizona after the incidents.
The Cardinals deactivated Dwyer Wednesday following his arrest.
"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. "We will continue to closely monitor this as it develops and evaluate additional information as it becomes available."
An NFL spokesperson said the incident "will be reviewed under the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy."
Dwyer's arrest comes during a tumultuous two-week period for the NFL off the field. Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was cut from the team and indefinitely suspended after video surfaced of him striking his then fiancée. The NFL Players Association is appealing the suspension.
The developments have caused concern among not only fans but also NFL sponsors, with Bud Light maker Anheuser-Busch issuing a statement Tuesday saying it has expressed its disappointment with the NFL over its handling of the situation.
Sept. 17, 6:05 p.m. Updated with mug shot, via the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.