Jonathan Dwyer, the latest NFL player in a string of domestic violence related incidents, was reportedly arrested on aggravated assault charges after he attacked his wife.
According to the report filed this week by his wife, who left the state after the incidents occurred, the 25-year-old football player tried to kiss her and remove her clothing in the first incident. When she refused, he head-butted her in the face. A neighbor called the police, but Dwyer hid in the bathroom while his wife told authorities that he wasn’t home. The report says that he had threatened to kill himself in front of his wife and child if she said anything to police, reports the SBNation.
The next day, he punched her, breaking a bone in her face, as well as punching holes in the wall and throwing a shoe at the child. She tried to call police, and that’s when he threw her phone from the second story of their home, according to the report.
During his police interview on Wednesday, Dwyer acknowledged hiding in the bathroom when police responded to the first argument and sending a photo of a knife with suicidal threats. Dwyer denied committing an assault, though he acknowledged that he punched walls in his home, threw a phone and that his wife bit his lip during the disputes, according to the police report, says the Huff Post.
As a result Jonathan Dwyer was placed on the reserve-non football injury list. The Cardinals acted more quickly to discipline Dwyer than other teams have when dealing with domestic violence incidents with their own players. The team did not wait for formal charges to be filed, nor for the NFL to act first.
“We take [domestic violence] extremely serious. We’ll allow the court system to take of what is true and what isn’t true,” Arizona head coach Bruce Arians said Thursday. “Until he is exonerated, he will not be a member of this football team. If and when he is exonerated, I will gladly take him back.”
Arians added: “It was like the worst nightmare a coach can have right now. For me, personally, I was totally shocked because I’ve known Jon for a long time. It’s totally out of character, from what I’ve known.”
Dwyer has a one-year, $730,000 contract, including a $65,000 bonus, with the Cardinals. The Cardinals re-signed running back Jason Parmele to take his roster spot.
The Cardinals, after banning Dwyer from all team activities, purged their team of another running back with a checkered domestic violence history.
Chris Rainey, signed on Sept. 9 to the practice squad, was abruptly released by the Cards on Thursday. The Steelers waived Rainey in January 2013 following his arrest for battery after slapping a woman across the face in a fight over a cell phone.
A third Cardinals player, inside linebacker Daryl Washington, is currently serving a year of supervised probation after pleading guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Washington is already suspended this year for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, writes the NY Daily News.