It was announced this afternoon that Jonathan Dwyer of the Arizona Cardinals has been arrested. The running back is being charged with aggravated assault, possible domestic violence and preventing someone from calling 911.
UPDATE: A 27 year-old women and 18 month-old child are the victims in question, as confirmed by Phoenix PD
A Phoenix Police spokesman confirmed Jonathan Dwyer’s arrest to The Arizona Republic Wednesday afternoon but provided no further details on the incident.
Although the NFL has taken serious blows recently, the Arizona Cardinals were quick to act, probably in hopes of avoiding all of the bad PR being dealt to similar situations.
They released this statement earlier today regarding Dwyer’s arrest.
"“We became aware of these allegations this afternoon when notified by Phoenix police and are cooperating fully,” the Cardinals said in a statement. “Given the serious nature of the allegations we have taken the immediate step to deactivate Jonathan from all team activities.“We will continue to closely monitor this as it develops and evaluate additional information as it becomes available.”"
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told USA TODAY Sports that Dwyer’s case would be reviewed under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
Last month, the NFL announced players guilty of a first domestic violence incident would receive a six-game punishment under the personal conduct policy. Dwyer is at least the second player arrested on a domestic violence charge since the new policy was implemented.
The San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald was arrested Aug. 31 on suspicion of felony domestic violence, but formal charges have not yet been filed. He remains on the 49ers’ active roster and has started the past two games.
Jonathan Dwyer has a wife, Kayla Tobin Dwyer, and a son, Jonathan Junior, who was born in February 2013.
Developments are sure to occur over the next few days and we, at HeatWaved, will keep you up to date on the latest.