Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested on domestic abuse charges on Wednesday. Dwyer, who joins a growing list of NFL players in the headlines for abuse charges, allegedly hit his wife multiple times after she refused his sexual advances. He spent a night in a Phoenix jail after his arrest, CBS reports, and posted $25,000 bond the next morning.
Details of Dwyer’s alleged offense surfaced yesterday. According to police, Dwyer head-butted his wife when she rejected his sexual advances. Someone who saw the assault called police, and officers showed up at the Dwyer residence soon after. Dwyer hid in a bathroom while his wife lied and told officers he wasn’t home. Police say his wife lied because Dwyer threatened to kill himself if she reported the assault.
The next day, Dwyer allegedly punched his wife in the face with a closed fist. Police say he then punched holes in walls and threw a shoe at his 17-month-old son. Thankfully, the son was not injured. Dwyer’s wife tried to call police, but Dwyer ripped the phone out of her hand and threw it down a flight of stairs.
Witnesses told police Dwyer’s wife’s face was severely swollen after the assault.
Dwyer denies he hit his wife, but admits to punching holes in his home walls and throwing a shoe. He also admits to hiding in the bathroom and sending a picture of a knife to his wife as a suicide threat. During his arrest, Dwyer was charged with aggravated assault causing a fracture and involving a minor, criminal damage, and preventing the use of a phone in an emergency.
Dwyer has been suspended from all team activities by the Cardinals while the legal process plays out.