The NFL just can’t seem to get away from a rash of players involved in domestic violence incidents. Ray Rice punched his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City, New Jersey hotel elevator in February, Greg Hardy assaulted and threatened his ex-girlfriend in July and Jonathan Dwyer was just arrested Wednesday on allegations of aggravated assault.
The Arizona Cardinals running back was deactivated from all team activities Wednesday after charges surfaced, stemming from two incidents involving a 27-year-old female and an 18-month-old child at his southeast Phoenix home on July 21st at 8 a.m. and July 22 at 4 p.m., the Phoenix Police Department told ESPN.
Dwyer, 25, was jailed Wednesday on five different counts, including one count of aggravated assault causing a fracture, one count of aggravated assault involving a minor, two counts of criminal damage and one count of denying the use of a phone in an emergency.
Authorities described Dwyer’s relationship with the woman as a tumultuous one.
"Given the serious nature of the allegations we have taken the immediate step to deactivate Jonathan from all team activities," the Cardinals said in a statement released to the media Wednesday. "We will continue to closely monitor this as it develops and evaluate additional information as it becomes available."
It wouldn’t be a surprise at this point if the Cardinals place Dwyer on the NFL’s commissioner exempt list, like the Carolina Panthers did with Hardy and the Minnesota Vikings did with Adrian Peterson while he continues his child abuse case earlier on Wednesday.
Dwyer signed a one-year, $795,000 free-agent contract with the Cardinals back in March.
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