NFL Scandal: Cardinals RB Reportedly Head-Butted Wife After She Rejected Sexual Advances
He also threw her cellphone as she tried to call the cops and tossed a shoe at his 17-month-old son, according to police
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she rejected his sexual advances and the next day he attacked her and his son, according to a police report obtained by the Associated Press and posted online by The Arizona Republic.
Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges and deactivated from all team activities. Dwyer’s case will be reviewed under the NFL’s personal-conduct policy, the league has said.
Dwyer is the latest NFL player to be charged with domestic violence as the league faces scrutiny over its handling of similar cases involving Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy.
The altercations between Dwyer and his wife occurred at his Phoenix home on July 21 and 22.
According to the police report, Dwyer attempted to kiss and undress his wife but she refused and bit his lip. He then head-butted her, which broke her nose.
When police showed up after someone reported the assault, Dwyer hid in the bathroom. His wife denied he was at home to the cops because he had threatened to kill himself in front of him and her child if she told them what happened, the report says.
He also texted her a photo of a knife and said he didn’t want to live anymore.
The next day, Dwyer punched his wife with a closed fist on the left side of her face and punched walls, police said. He also threw a shoe at his 17-month-old son, hitting the boy in the stomach, but he was not injured, according to the report.
When his wife attempted to call the police, he threw her cellphone to the ground from the second story of his house, the report adds.
Dwyer’s wife left the state after the incidents and reported what happened to the Phoenix police.
Dwyer admitted to the incidents involving his wife but denied physically assaulting her.
The Phoenix police, Maricopa County attorney’s office and Dwyer’s lawyer, Jared Allen, have not yet responded to The Hollywood Reporter’s request for comment.
The Republic posted the below copy of the police report.