Jonathan Dwyer deactivated after arrest

Posted by Darren Urban on September 17, 2014 – 4:58 pm

Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of aggravated assault for incidents that took place in July and the Cardinals have deactivated him from all team activities.

The full statement from the team:

“We became aware of these allegations this afternoon when notified by Phoenix police and are cooperating fully.

“Given the serious nature of the allegations 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.”

Given the climate in the NFL right now, the arrest — stemming from an incident with Dwyer, a woman and an 18-month child — didn’t take long to make national news. Dwyer was in the locker room prior to practice, so the arrest happened after that. According to, police took an incident report last week and have been gathering information. Police said Dwyer was accused of aggravated assault “over a fracture” as well as an allegation of assault involving a minor and preventing the use of a phone during an emergency in two separate incidents on back to back days this summer.


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44 Responses to “Jonathan Dwyer deactivated after arrest”

  1. By Andrew on Sep 17, 2014 | Reply

    Thanks Darren, just asked about this… What a shame… So many incidents so far this year; getting really ridiculous. Well, I guess for now next man up. Stefan Taylor, here’s your chance man. Hope everything gets worked out…

  2. By kauaicardsfan on Sep 17, 2014 | Reply

    Aloha Darren,
    Just to clarify, as a deactivated player does he still count as part of th e 53 man roster or can we bring in another RB ? Too Bad Dryer was solid 🙁
    Hope the rest of the players get the message by now????

  3. By Darren Urban on Sep 17, 2014 | Reply

    Kauai —

    RE: decativated

    As of now, he is still part of the 53-man roster.

  4. By steve lee on Sep 17, 2014 | Reply

    What will happen to professional sports when public sentiment turns against players for having baby mammas all over the country they are not taking care of?

  5. By Blake@ucla on Sep 17, 2014 | Reply

    Innocent until proven guilty
    I am getting pretty tired of the politically correct road this country is taking, nobody I MEAN NOBODY is perfect .. WE ALL make mistakes and if you or anybody else puts these athletes on a pedestal and expect them to be perfect ( when you yourself are NOT ) then it is YOU that has the problem and maybe you should step back and take a good long look at yourself .
    ARGG !!!!! i will probably be BANNED for speaking my mind

  6. By azdesertrat1953 on Sep 17, 2014 | Reply

    Well that’s just…. I don’t know how you can stop things like this.
    Why can’t this get exposed when it happens not months down the road Geez!
    Man this just is not getting any better for the Cards!
    The GF or what ever she is to him, I hope is all right and the baby too. Get as much as you can out of him now young lady while you can.

    Go Cards!

  7. By Abby on Sep 17, 2014 | Reply

    Great job Cardinals! I’m a Ravens fan. Wish our team had shown similar leadership and held like values.

    I hope the Cardinals get the win on Sunday.

  8. By Nick Pepe on Sep 17, 2014 | Reply

    I am at a loss for words. We don’t need him. We don’t need D Washington. We don’t need anyone who is a negative impact on society. I think we all would like to be talking about football and the upcoming Niners game. But no, an idiot does something stupid. Again. What exactly do they discuss in the “rookie symposiums”??

    The commissioner needs to step away, and the nflpa and owners need to be proactive in making sure that the next commissioner ensures that integrity (on and off field) and sportsmanship are promoted.

    Nick Pepe
    Lifetime Member
    Loving Husband.

  9. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Sep 17, 2014 | Reply

    Let’s let the facts come out before we throw everyone accused under the bus. July events, September accusations. Maybe he was brutal, maybe he was baited, maybe its opportunism.

  10. By LG on Sep 17, 2014 | Reply

    Just keep your dam hands off of women. what ever she do be a man about it. BIRDGANG lets not let this keep us down. forget about him next man up let’s beat the 49ers sunday and stay number one.

  11. By clssylssy on Sep 17, 2014 | Reply

    I read this incident took place back in July, and I am wondering why the woman waited until the end of September to call the police??? Usually in cases involving children, CPS is involved and it seems strange that there has been no mention of anything like that…seems really fishy, but, nonetheless can understand the need for the Cards to protect their image. This is really sad for everybody but I firmly believe that the NFL needs to have a Professionals in Crisis program for players showing early warning signs of having problems with substances, depression, anger, and poor impulse control which can be early indicators of an organic process going on. Early intervention/treatment might save the league in countless ways including money paid out to lawsuits and public humiliation.

  12. By Coach K on Sep 17, 2014 | Reply

    As a former coach, I have to wonder why so many black players are involved in this activity against women. I heard Steven A. Smith bring this point up on First Take and I think it’s something he feels very embarrassed about as a black man. Is this something to do with how young black men are raised? I don’t know, but I wonder where Smith was going with his comment?

    It’s really a sad situation. In my 17 years of coaching, I have never had to deal with abuse of women thank goodness. I think if this continues much longer, Roger Goddell is in some deep trouble. His hiding out the last few days from the media shows how inept he is in dealing with the issue.

    It’s also disgusting to see the NFL take action after their money is threatened to be cut off by sponsors. That speaks volumes about what this is all about. Goddell knows he conspired to hide the fact that he indeed viewed the Rice video. The AP story verified delivery. To come out and deny he never viewed it was so laughable, it was sickening. He lied, and he knows it.

    Can you imagine what circus it’s going to be when Jamies Winston declares for the draft. He will become the Forrest Gump of the 2015 draft. “Stupid is, stupid does”. God help the team that drafts that pile of dung.

    As for Dwyer, there is NO excuse to hitting a woman. I don’t even want to know what happened with the 18 month old child. Absolutely inexcusable. I’m glad to see the Cardinals management took swift and decisive action to nip this distraction in the bud. I hope it does not carry over into the 49’ers game.

    Sad month for the NFL. Sad day for the Birds.

  13. By Safety Guy on Sep 17, 2014 | Reply

    Is there anything in the players contract that prohibits a player from not receiving pay while on deactivation, suspension status or counting against cap. As in suspension without pay or in a legal case, not just this one, but cutting a player for conduct as stipulated in a contract and the team not taking a hit financially??

  14. By Darren Urban on Sep 17, 2014 | Reply

    Safety —

    RE: Payment

    They could cut him. But suspending without pay usually would mean an appeal from the union. Not that simple to do.

  15. By br in nc on Sep 17, 2014 | Reply

    I’m at a total loss for words!! That’s right folks, BR in NC, is speechless, “rambling man” is so stunned right now I can’t even ramble!!

  16. By CreditCard on Sep 17, 2014 | Reply

    You have to wonder if the Pittsburg Steelers knew something about Dwyer and elected not to renew or even offer a contract to him.

  17. By Scott H on Sep 17, 2014 | Reply

    Yet another player who doesn’t deserve to play in the NFL – and to get paid pretty damn well for doing so – if he cannot control himself and function as a decent member of society. My sympathies are for whoever he did harm to. I have no sympathy or concern for him. None.

    On a much less serious note, there goes another piece of the 2014 Arizona Cardinals puzzle. Bad enough we already have as many injuries as we do. Now, we have to wonder if there will be more players lost to along the way to THIS. At this point, clearly, every team does. Hate to say it, but…it won’t be long before the all-suspension team might be better than half the teams in the league.

    And since the Cardinals organization apparently just became aware of this ( please don’t have it come out in a few days that they knew sooner ), I give them credit for acting as they did.

    Darren, a question for you, forgive me if you have spoken to this – do players who are “deactivated” as AP and Dwyer now are continue to get paid during their period of being deactivated? Because if they are, THAT is the next rule that needs to be changed. I find that ridiculous.

  18. By Darren Urban on Sep 17, 2014 | Reply

    Scott H —

    RE: Paid

    Yes, they are still paid.

  19. By Havasu Tom on Sep 17, 2014 | Reply

    Thanks for your hard work Darren,
    I’m so done with this mess Darren. I just want Football. I’m disturbed about the number of players that have everything and find it necessary to beat on a woman. I know there’s always two sides to a story, but hitting anyone shows complete lack of emotional and mental control.
    I want Football. Suspend them all and hopefully the next man up is a real man.

  20. By cardsalltheway on Sep 17, 2014 | Reply


    So it’s only now we hear about this because…?

    Let me guess why it took so long…she(mother of child/victim) knew nobody would listen to her, didn’t feel safe, or nobody DID listen to her/was talked down/ignored by the police and others in July?

    Someone within the Cardinals organization must’ve seen the pictures or else they would’ve let the legal process proceed before “deactivation” just like the 49ers organization.

    I heard there were 2 “incidents?”


  21. By Steve on Sep 17, 2014 | Reply

    Darren:Any idea who the Cards might pick up at RB to replace Dwyer?

  22. By Darren Urban on Sep 17, 2014 | Reply

    Steve —

    RE: Replace

    He’s still on the roster. There are no open roster spots right now.

  23. By cardsalltheway on Sep 17, 2014 | Reply

    You can add Leigh Steinberg(“There was no need for the tape” and “commissioner isn’t too tarnished” etc…) and Lanny Davis(columnist ‘The Hill’ – “This is a teaching moment”) onto my list of the NFL commissioner’s apologists. For others who like those on my list mentioned above this one is especially for you. – CNN video…

    For anyone to think the NFL or the commissioner is going to “teach” anyone anytime soon about domestic violence must be on some kind of binge. Anheuser-Busch and other corporations are doing the “teaching,” not the NFL!!!

    Do you think this is funny? Catch Jon Stewart – ‘The Daily Show’ on the Comedy Channel 9/17 for his take on this mess.

  24. By Dr. G. on Sep 17, 2014 | Reply


    Speechless – but still can type… some quoted notes on past blog posts…

    -baby mamas – $$$$$ – gold diggers- alcohol – trappers – dudes with no self control – $$$$$ – easy targets – I love you baby – $$$$$ – the hornies – I’m on the pill – it’s a black thing, Steven A. Smith – $$$$$ – oops, gotcha now baby – where’s my baby money? – I should get on board for the gold too – $$$$ – athletes’ pedestal – get as much as you can – Ravens fan posted – blame it on the Commish – brutal or baited? – await the process – can’t even ramble – don’t let her at the tool – $$$$ – just want football – booty call… – don’t hang on me…..

    Here is the most brilliant item -“keep your dam hands off of women.” The poster probably did not realize that this resolves everything including the baby mama thing right from the get go, right? Good one!… Consider marriage…Whaaaaaaat?

    CoachK – I posted the Winston thing earlier…

    I am betting along with some of you that other women will put in their bid also, legit or not…more to come….This is just sick for our game….be well Cards Fans….

  25. By Eazy E on Sep 18, 2014 | Reply

    Let’s not convict the brotha before all the details come out and the courts have been through it all. This is almost 2 months old so we’ll see what happens. Pray for Jonathan and his family is what we should be doing and not judging.

  26. By Matt on Sep 18, 2014 | Reply

    @blake from ucla – if anything you’ll be banned for being an idiot, which I’d think most would agree is a reasonable c given you’re comments.

  27. By MartinK on Sep 18, 2014 | Reply

    Well folks, the issue was never about football until the NFL put themselves into the position of issuing suspensions based on what they believed was the severity of the infraction for off-the-field issues.
    We have courts that are to decide punishment for criminal offenses — not the NFL, not ESPN and not this Blog.Whatever the situation may be, each player has the right to due process, and until a case has been tried in court it is not the right of the NFL and the media to sentence players in public witch hunts. Even if the the courts do not act on such cases as Ray Rice’s, it is not the right of the NFL, or the media, or the Teams to judge and sentence players in ways that amount to lynch mobs.
    As employers, the NFL and the Teams have the right to suspend players with pay, or release them, if they believe their presence is not in the interest of the organization. They also have the right to punish players by fine or suspension for behavior that puts the NFL in a bad light. But that cannot happen before that legal infraction has been tried in court.
    Even then, it cannot be additional punishment for the same criminal wrong-doing — in other words, it has to be punishment for putting the NFL in a bad light — not the criminal act. If Roger Godell had shown some guts he would have opposed the media by explaining that the Ray Rice suspension of two games was not ever intended to punish Ray Rice for the punch he delivered to his poor wife, but for the bad publicity it created for the NFL.
    As it turns out he gave in to the temptation of being all mighty Cesar to rule as he pleases with a “thumbs down” not understanding what the negative impact of that would be to the game we all love.

  28. By shannon robinson on Sep 18, 2014 | Reply

    Everyone who is suspended from football looses significant income – more than they could ever make on a job on the outside of the NFL. Then the child support check gets rated lower due to ‘changed circumstances’ and the ultimate result is the victim gets burned again. Ask Mrs Rice what it’s like to now live in poverty or D Wash’s girlfriend who’s available income for her child has plummeted. If you ever represent people in domestic violence cases the first effort made is to get the perpetrator to recognize what he has done and get into supervised probation and counseling so it doesn’t happen again. They all continue to live together and it’s rare when you find a multiple offender after intervention which is a totally different problem. I can’t imagine working with a family when the bread winner is required to leave his profession. DV is all about Recovery, Learning, and Redemption.

  29. By BigAl on Sep 18, 2014 | Reply

    Wow, I just have to say…for the players….for the league…You must! You have to
    realize where you are??? If you go from 10K/60K opportunity to 600K plus! You have to…. you must realize…the vultures are swarming! It is not about the party anymore like 10-20 years ago!
    It is now about YOU! & YOU! substantiating a better life & protecting Your Dream…. everything you will say you’ve worked soo hard for!!! You just have to realize there are vultures out there/everywhere!!!

    This really bothers me when I always hear about how soo many of these guys came out of bad neighborhoods…. shouldn’t that have been their teachers???
    I mean the vultures come in many forms!!!
    Protect yourself! Protect your life investment!

  30. By jeffgollin on Sep 18, 2014 | Reply

    Let’s wait till the facts are all in (there could be a back story we’re not hearing) but not use that as a cop-out.

    Needed to be sorted out – (1) Is the incidence of domestic abuse higher for NFL players than the general population? (2) If so, does the physically aggressive aspect of the football culture have much to do with this? (3) How important is the “high character” and “role model” component to building and retaining the NFL brand?

    All of which leads to the issue of who’s responsible for setting high standards for behavior (legally and ethically) and for enforcing those standards -i.e. should it be the law? Each team? The League? Are there effective programs in place for encouraging good behavior and discouraging bad behavior? And, in that respect, where should the lines be drawn?

    Appropriate standards of conduct shouldn’t be all that difficult to specify, yet it seems that, in the eyes of many people, things can get pretty blurry. Those standards should be set forth clearly – and then enforced evenly and consistently.

  31. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Sep 18, 2014 | Reply

    What a mess, huh? Classy lassy is right. Hate the quick to condemn crowd. These guys are under a lot of pressure, many have success before they have matured, some have been abused or neglected as children, or were strictly raised with a belt and Bible…are targets for gold diggers and anger baiters. Walk a mile in their shoes… they need help, not throwing under a bus to hide the problem. Intervention, counseling and mentoring, these are mostly good guys some of whom have made regrettable mistakes, lets support them as they try to do better. Let those who have never sinned cast the first stone… saying a prayer for Dwyer and all the emotionally challenged players…

  32. By D on Sep 18, 2014 | Reply

    I am so tired of all of this PC media bashing of the NFL. The stats show the number of DUI’s, spouse abuse, drug offenses, etc for the NFL players is still below the National Average for Joe Public. People, especially in the media need to stop idolizing these players and enjoy the sport for what it is, an escape from all the World events that seem to be getting darker every day.

    When Hollywood idiots who get paid as much or more as these players get into trouble, it’s a joke to everyone, but when an NFL player get’s into trouble, wow everyone needs to get fired and the whole media has a fit. Why isn’t the media upset at the Prosecutor or Judge in the Ray Rice situation? They didn’t even bring up charges, but the Commish needs to lose his job over it? At least he and the team did something about it.

    Don’t get me wrong, when these players get busted for DUI, drugs or spouse abuse, they should be suspended and let the legal system play out. But with how bad our economy is, with terrorism, open border etc, I don’t worry about some NFL player when I go home to my family at night or worry about how a name of a team may insult .005% of Native Americans…

  33. By John The Draft Guy on Sep 18, 2014 | Reply

    shannon robinson;

    Are you for real with this comment? “Ask Mrs Rice what it’s like to now live in poverty or D Wash’s girlfriend who’s available income for her child has plummeted”

    The money Washington has pocketed already is more than many will most in a lifetime. He has been paid before 2014 over 10 million dollars.

    Think about it. It will take a person earning 100,000 a year , a hundred years to earn what he has been paid. Poverty?

    Rice signed a 5-year, $35 million deal in 2012, $15 million of which was a signing bonus.
    He got another $7 million bonus in 2013, and also collected $3 million in salary over the first two years of the contract.

    Yeah, poor Mrs Rice, how will her and Ray make it now. Remember, they are married and living together.

    Poverty? SMDH.

  34. By clssylssy on Sep 18, 2014 | Reply

    If we can get back to football and the upcoming 9er game… I’m thinking that all the off field stuff can either serve to galvanized the team into unexpected action and victory over the 9ers (as happened with the Ravens & Steelers) or become an excuse. With the loss of so many players to injury I’m thinking that the 9ers (and sports betting world) are going to see the Cards as easy prey. This is where the experience of our coaching staff will become our X-factor,as it was against Seattle last year (in their many years they have been through stuff like this before).I’m sure that Coach BA has a few hat tricks he has been saving for just such an occasion and as fans we need to shift our focus from distractions we have no control over to getting behind our guys. We still have a great leadership in Fitz, Palmer, Peterson, Campbell, Zastazil, Dockett as well as, many young leaders and we need this victory now more than ever. Time to Shock the World–AGAIN! COME’N BIRDGANG, LET’S GER’R’DONE. DON’T GIVE UP THE NEST!

  35. By krehbieo14 on Sep 18, 2014 | Reply

    I penned a book about domestic violence that was published in 2010. According to the Center for Disease Control, 60% of this country’s adults were impacted by significant adverse childhood experiences as kids. Many of us effectively process our troubled pasts while others repeat the same cycle of abuse and denial. I am glad that the media has drawn attention to this pervasive problem in our society. Deniers want to blame the victims, the media, and institutions like the NFL. Until we demonstrate the courage to take this problem head on, more lives will be endangered. Chris Carter, Hall of Famer, said it well while showing appropriate anger, “Get these players off the field.”

  36. By Dr. G. on Sep 18, 2014 | Reply

    For those of us who see the dichotomy of accused vs convicted, there is a proper way for the teams to react… The response should be something like this:

    “”It is not our place to form an opinion at this point; we just want to give the player time away to have the process run its course. The facts will be reviewed to determine any future actions.””

    When someone from the Cards office ((as quoted herein)) states this: “due to the serious nature of the allegations – – today: too serious not to act!” This comes from a defensive position just reacting to quell the emotions running rampant.

    A previous president’s wife used this tactic to trick the media and the public into convicting people in the press….just manipulative and legally improper….

    ShannonR? Your take here…?

  37. By John The Draft Guy on Sep 18, 2014 | Reply

    The stories of Rice, Washington, Hardy, AP are not going away. And in no way am I thinking this issue is less important than football.

    But just for a second, let’s talk about the guys who are playing. We play SF, and it is a big game for our cards, in case we forgot.

    What I like about the cards this week;

    The cards defense will do 2 things. We will stop the run by Gore and we will keep Kaepernick in the pocket. If Kaep is going to beat us, he will have to do it inside the pocket. It will be key for our OLBs to not allow Kaep to get outside.

    I think the cards TEs and WRs can have big games provided Stanton can get it to them. Carlson, Niklas, and Housler each will have chances to make plays as I do not think the LBs for the niners can stay with them. Their safeties are good, but I can’t imagine they leave Floyd and Fitz one on one to cover a TE.

    My worries;
    PP gets beat by Crabtree like games past. He must do a better job and tackle if Crabtree catches it.

    Justin Smith on our guards. Even though he is a hundred, this guy can still play.

    Kaep getting outside and his read option. With the lack of speed at LB, I think we must find a way to get Bucannon in at LB as a spy.

    Stevie Johnson vs Powers. Powers had a poor game last week. Johnson is no joke.

    Stanton can’t turn over the ball but 48% for 167 yards isn’t winning this game.
    He must be better.

    Cards win because;

    Niners run will be stopped

    Kaep will turn over the ball

    Stanton throws for 300 and two TDs. 100 of the yards is to the TEs.

  38. By Dr. G. on Sep 18, 2014 | Reply

    Interesting exchange- – The reason for deactivating a player should be to save face and embarrassment for the team and league, and too, to remove the team from unintentional & unnecessary probable slanderous conversation for things alleged, not proven. They can act appropriately without making things worse….

    This ready, fire, aim – – is an ignorant approach…. I would expect better…

  39. By Dr. G. on Sep 18, 2014 | Reply

    JTDG – – Again, thanks for the good football stuff.

    PP is a concern of mine as well. He could get flagged just trying to prove Crabs can’t beat him. Maybe Bowles should put Cromartie on Crabs alternately. Are you ready to see some Bethel yet…more speed and leaping??

    Kaep is a good athlete, but the Cards can panic him a bit with at least a single speed blitzer every play. I want to see him take off – he does not throw well on the run.

    With Dwyer out now, I think Taylor and Hughes can step up. I am not expecting another RB pick-up at this point before the 9ers…Dwyer was not used that much anyway.

    Stanton, for all his years, knows not to throw picks. I don’t think he needs huge stats to win this game…picking his spots can produce a win, esp as you predict with a couple turnovers for the 9ers. He needs to trust Fitz & Floyd to beat single cover. And finally, after pounding the drum, BA is beginning to use the TE’s…

    And yes, our run-stop is continuing to develop well.

    Our Home Crowd is learning they can make the difference with their noise to greet Kaep every time the 9ers have the ball. I still hope they keep their tix…

    What is your take on 5 of the 6 Div games being in the second half? I think it gives time for better analysis and developing our D for them. These games will be the difference makers…be well

  40. By Chuck 1 on Sep 18, 2014 | Reply


    No one needs to be PERFECT ti know that it’s not right to hit a woman.

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