Cards RB arrested for July assault involving wife, child

Jonathan Dwyer's booking photo from the  Maricopa County Jail.
Jonathan Dwyer’s booking photo from the Maricopa County Jail.

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

Another NFL running back has been deactivated, after allegations of abuse were brought against him Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Jonathan Dwyer, of the Arizona Cardinals, was charged with aggravated assault and led to jail in handcuffs Wednesday. Charges against him stem from a July incident involving his wife and 18-month-old son.

According to information obtained from the City of Phoenix Police Department, Dwyer, 25, and his 27-year-old wife, Kayla Dwyer, argued July 21 in their home. The incident escalated and Dwyer threw a shoe at the child. Police also allege that the former Georgia Tech star struck his wife, prevented her from calling the police and threatened to kill himself.

Dwyer’s wife has since moved out of state with the child. She told police she reported the July incident because Dwyer has been texting her, threatening to harm himself “because of everything that’s been going on.”

Dwyer’s arrest comes a day after Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was barred from team activities in light of felony assault charges he’s facing in Texas, and two weeks after Ray Rice was cut from the Baltimore Ravens and suspended from the NFL indefinitely. Rice was already serving a two-game suspension after admitting to hitting his fiancee in an Atlantic City casino elevator in February. The league increased the penalty after a video surfaced of Rice punching now-wife Janay Palmer, knocking her to the elevator floor. Rice is currently appealing the suspension.

Charges against Adrian Peterson were filed ahead of Minnesota’s loss to the New England Patriots last Sunday. Peterson is accused of using a wooden switch to cause bloody slashes on the legs of his 4-year-old son this summer. Peterson admitted to whipping the boy but said he didn’t intend to harm him.

Dwyer was booked on charges of aggravated assault causing a fracture and involving a minor, criminal damage, and preventing the use of a phone in an emergency. He is in his first season with the Cardinals after spending four with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Also on Wednesday, Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy took a voluntary leave of absence from the the team. Hardy was convicted of domestic violence in July, but is still battling the case in court. He said Wednesday he will return to football when the matter is resolved.

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