The NFL stories keep on coming. Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has been arrested on domestic violence charges. Per the CBS Evening News he has been charged with “aggravated assault” and “preventing someone from calling 911.” According to 3TV Sports anchor Tyler Baldwin, the incident was “an alleged fight with his wife” that occurred “a while ago.”
Can we officially call these past year in the NFL, with the Aaron Hernandez murder, multiple drug arrest, numerous domestic assaults, and now child abuse, the darkest and worst of its history?
[Update: Police records contain more detail:.
Police records indicate the incident began at about 8 a.m. on July 21 when Dwyer and his wife got into a verbal argument. Police say Dwyer tried to kiss his wife and remove her clothing. The woman told Dwyer to stop several times, police say, and bit his lip when he wouldn't. Investigators say Dwyer then head-butted his wife, fracturing her nose.
Dwyer's wife answered the door and told officers that Dwyer was not there and the argument had been over the phone. In fact, Crump said, Dwyer's wife suffered a broken bone in the incident and investigators now believe that Dwyer was hiding in the bathroom when police responded.
Dwyer's wife did not report the incidents to police until Sept. 11, and police wouldn't say if it was related to last week's Ray Rice controversy. But as we've already seen, the publicizing of domestic violence as an issue does cause more women to report abuse.
Investigators have spent the last few days reviewing medical records, talking to witnesses including neighbors, and yesterday arrested Dwyer at the Cardinals' training facility. He spent the night in jail before being released early this morning on $25,000 bond.
Dwyer is charged with one count of aggravated assault causing a fracture, one count of aggravated assault involving a minor, one count of assault, two counts of criminal damage, and one count of preventing the use of a phone in an emergency.]