Cardinals' Dwyer arrested on assault charges

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Dwyer Arrested For Aggravated Assault Allegations


BY JOSH HOFFNER
ASSOCIATED PRESS

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving a woman and their 18-month-old child, the latest in a string of such cases involving NFL players.

The Cardinals said they became aware of the situation Wednesday and are cooperating with the investigation.

"Given the serious nature of these allegations we have taken the immediate step to deactivate Jonathan from all team activities," the team said in a statement.

The NFL said the case will be reviewed under the league's personal-conduct policy.

One of the counts was "aggravated assault causing a fracture" involving the 27-year-old victim, whom they did not identify. Police said they were carrying out a search warrant of Dwyer's residence in pursuit of more evidence.

Police said that in interviews with detectives, the 25-year-old player denied committing any assault.

There was no reply to telephone message left for Dwyer's agent, Adisa Bakari, seeking comment Wednesday.

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This Sept. 17, 2014 booking photo provided by the Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff's Office shows Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer. Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving a woman and their 18-month-old child, the latest in a string of such cases involving NFL players. (AP Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
FILE - In this Sunday Sept. 14, 2014 file photo, Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer (20) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving a woman and an 18-month-old child, the latest in a string of such cases involving NFL players. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer (20) is hit by San Diego Chargers defensive back Brandon Flowers (26) during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 14: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Jonathan Dwyer #20 of the Arizona Cardinals runs the ball against the New York Giants on September 14, 2014 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Cardinals defeated the Giants 25-14. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 14: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Jonathan Dwyer #20 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates his touchdown against the New York Giants on September 14, 2014 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Cardinals defeated the Giants 25-14. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 14: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Jonathan Dwyer #20 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates his touchdown against the New York Giants on September 14, 2014 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Cardinals defeated the Giants 25-14. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 14: Running back Jonathan Dwyer #20 of the Arizona Cardinals scores a touchdown in the first quarter against the New York Giants during a game at MetLife Stadium on September 14, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 08: Running back Jonathan Dwyer #20 of the Arizona Cardinals takes a hand off from quarterback Carson Palmer #3 during the NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 8, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Chargers 18-17. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 24: Running back Jonathan Dwyer #20 of the Arizona Cardinals takes the field before the preseason NFL game between Cincinnati Bengals and the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 24, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 24: Running back Jonathan Dwyer #27 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on from the sideline during a preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Field on August 24, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Chiefs defeated the Steelers 26-20. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 24: Jonathan Dwyer #27 of the Pittsburgh Steelers carries the ball against Husain Abdullah #39 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the game on August 24, 2013 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 18: Running back Jonathan Dwyer #27 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on from the sideline during a game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field on November 18, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Ravens defeated the Steelers 13-10. The Steelers wore throwback uniforms based on the uniform worn by the Steelers in 1934. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 23: Jonathan Dwyer #27 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs with the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals during the game at Heinz Field on December 23, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Bengals won 13-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Authorities depicted a stormy relationship between Dwyer and the woman that escalated into violence on July 21, four days before the Cardinals reported to training camp.

Neighbors heard a fight and called police, who showed up at the residence but left without making an arrest because Dwyer hid in the bathroom and the woman said no one else was at the home, Sgt. Trent Crump said.

"She said she was in an argument on the phone only," Crump said.

The next day, Crump said, Dwyer snatched the woman's cellphone and threw it from the second floor of their residence to prevent her from calling police about another dispute.

Crump confirmed there was an allegation that Dwyer threw a shoe at or toward his son. Crump said he couldn't elaborate on it.

Crump said the woman moved out of state with the child, but came forward last week and provided police with information about her injuries and text messages indicating Dwyer "was going to harm himself because of what had been going on."

The NFL has been rocked by domestic violence issues ever since a videotape surfaced that showed former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City, New Jersey, elevator. Then Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was indicted on felony child-abuse charges. On Wednesday, the Carolina Panthers decided that star defensive end Greg Hardy will not play any more games for the team until his domestic violence case is resolved.

Hardy was convicted of assault on a female and communicating threats after the victim said the 6-foot-4, 275-pound player threw her in the bathtub and onto a sofa covered with guns before threatening to kill her. Hardy is appealing the ruling.

Critics have been calling for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's resignation for his handling of Rice's case. Rice was originally suspended for two games, then banned indefinitely after the video surfaced of his attack in the casino elevator.

This is the second domestic violence case involving a Cardinals player. Inside linebacker Daryl Washington pleaded guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend and is serving a year of supervised probation. Washington has not yet been penalized by the NFL for the offense but is suspended for this season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Dwyer was led into the jail in handcuffs to be booked on counts that include aggravated assault causing a fracture and involving a minor, criminal damage and preventing the use of a phone in an emergency.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, which runs the jail, said Dwyer has refused all media interviews.

Dwyer signed with the Cardinals this year and was their second-string running back after spending the last four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He scored a touchdown last week in Arizona's victory over the New York Giants.

His best year for Pittsburgh was 2012 when injuries depleted the team's backfield in the middle of the season and Dwyer filled in and had 100-yard-plus games in consecutive weeks.

Dwyer, from Marietta, Georgia, was a sixth-round draft pick of the Steelers out of Georgia Tech in 2010.

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AP Sports Writer Bob Baum in Phoenix contributed to this report.

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