Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer allegedly broke his wife’s nose when he head-butted her after she refused to have sex with him, according to a police report.
Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges stemming from incidents in July, becoming the latest NFL player accused of domestic violence.
The head-butting incident was one of a pair of violent altercations that occurred over two days at the couple’s home in Phoenix, local CBS affiliate KPHO-TV reported. The next day Dwyer allegedly punched his wife in the face and then threw a shoe at his one-year-old son. The shoe hit him in the stomach, but he was uninjured.
Dwyer is also accused of trying to prevent his wife from calling 911 during the second incident, when police say he grabbed her cell phone and threw it to the floor.
Dwyer’s wife now lives out of state and called police to report the incidents on September 11. She reported receiving threatening text messages from Dwyer, including a photo of a knife.
The Cardinals have deactivated Dwyer from all team activities. He was booked and released on a $25,000 bond on Thursday, KPHO reported. (Update: Dwyer has been placed on the Cardinals’ Reserve/Non-Football Illness list, which essentially means he has been removed from the roster, but will not be cut outright. The team does not have to pay him while he’s on that list and players on reserve are generally not allowed to return to the roster for the rest of the season.)
He joins Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy as NFL players embroiled in domestic violence incidents just in the last week.