In what seems like a never-ending string of NFL players getting in trouble, 25-year-old Arizona Cardinals running back, Jonathan Dwyer has been charged with aggravated assault in conjunction with two separate domestic violence cases, one involving his wife Kayla.
As of late, the NFL has been embarrassed as one player after another faces criminal charges. Dwyer was arrested not only for assaulting his wife, but also throwing a shoe at the couple’s 18-month-old son. The five-year player who came to the Arizona from Pittsburgh was picked up by local police on charges associated with two incidents that occurred sometime in July.
According to Sgt. Trent Crump, both of the incidents happened at Dwyer’s private residence in the southeast portion of Phoenix. During one altercation, Kayla was hit so hard that a fracture occurred. As far as the baby, Jonathan, Jr. nothing has been said about possible injuries or if the shoe even hit him. In fear for her and her son’s life, Kayla is said to have left the state.
The domestic disturbance was heard by neighbors, who in turn called police. Initially, Kayla acted as if everything was fine but eventually, confided in detectives that her husband was at home hiding in a bathroom when they arrived looking for him. The next day, Dwyer apparently grabbed a cell phone from Kayla’s hand, throwing it to keep her from calling law enforcement.
It has also been reported that Dwyer sent his wife numerous text messages in which he threatened to do harm to himself if the assaults were ever reported. To strengthen the domestic assault case against Dwyer, detectives are gathering any medical records outside of Arizona and interviewing the couple’s neighbors.
Dwyer was deactivated by the Arizona Cardinals and in a statement released from the organization, the Phoenix police made them aware of the allegations and as such, they are fully cooperating. Because of the seriousness of the allegations against Dwyer, the immediate step of deactivating him from all team activities was taken.
Gloria Allred, an attorney known for taking on celebrity and high-profile cases, said that old accusations against NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, were being resurrected. She firmly believes that he did not do enough in the case of receiver Brandon Marshall with the Chicago Bears when in 2007 he was accused of domestic violence toward his then girlfriend.