Another Day, Another NFL Player Arrested on Domestic Violence Charges
You read that headline correctly. There has been yet another NFL player arrested on domestic violence charges. This time it’s Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer. He was arrested yesterday in Phoenix on a slew of charges stemming from two separate incidents involving his wife and 18-month-old child back on July 21 and July 22.
According to the Phoenix PD, they were first called to Dwyer’s home on July 21 after a neighbor reported a disturbance. However, Dwyer’s wife answered the door and said nobody else was home, and that she was actually arguing with somebody over the phone. So the police left.
Now they believe Dwyer was just hiding in the bathroom, and that he headbutted his wife after she refused his sexual advances.
Police were also called to the home the following day. They believe on this occasion Dwyer threw his wife’s phone from a second-story window when she tried to call the police, and that, at some point, Dwyer threw a shoe at his 18-month-old son, striking him in the stomach.
The police have not yet said why Dwyer’s wife did not report the incident until September 11. However, if I may play armchair psychiatrist for a moment, I’d say she was probably encouraged to speak up by the public outrage in the wake of the Ray Rice scandal. Victims of domestic abuse probably don’t think it’s worth coming forward if the abuse is just going to be swept under the rug. But it’s a different story if they know it will be taken seriously, and that they will be protected.
As for Dwyer, he admitted in police interviews to punching holes in his walls, but has denied harming his wife or child. He was released Thursday on $25,000 bond. However, he won’t be playing football for the Cardinals anytime soon.
“Given the serious nature of the allegations,” the team said, “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.”
The NFL, meanwhile, says Dwyer’s arrest will be reviewed under the league’s personal conduct policy. And you know how well the NFL handles those sorts of reviews.