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Jonathan Dwyer Deactivated: Arizona Cardinals Running Back Head-Butted Wife, Broke Her Nose In Newest NFL Domestic Violence Controversy [PHOTO]

By Marisa Lewis | September 19, 2014 05:09 PM EDT


CBS News reports that Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances. He also punched her in the face the following day. According to USA Today, he was then arrested on charges of aggravated assault and was placed on the Cardinals' reserve-non-football injury list, effectively ending his season.

Previously, the Cardinals announced that Dwyer would be deactivated for this Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers. However, this current move is more formal, and gives the Cardinals the option of not paying Dwyer for the rest of the season.

Arizona head coach Bruce Arians stated, "We [domestic violence] extremely seriously. We'll allow the court system to take of what is true and what isn't true... 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," conveying his viewpoint on the scandal.

Reports of Dwyer's assault surfaced after the day he was arrested. He spent a night in jail and made a brief court appearance before being released this past Thursday. He was released at about 5am Thursday morning on a $25,000 bond.

Dwyer's wife has since left the state of Arizona, but recently came forward a week ago after Dwyer supposedly sent her suicidal text messages and a photo of a knife. 

Police reports say that when Dwyer's sexual advances were refused, neighbors overheard the argument and reported the assault to the police. Dwyer hid himself in the bathroom, and his wife denied he was home due to Dwyer's threat that he would kill himself in front of her and their child if the assault were reported to the police.

USA Today reports that the Cardinals have acted more quickly than any other NFL team in dealing with their own players' domestic violence cases. Arians stated, "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."

The Dwyer arrest has added to the pressure on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, whose handling of the Ray Rice case has been widely criticized.

Tagged :  Jonathan Dwyer, Arizona Cardinals, wife, assault, NFL, domestic violence


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