The National Football League's domestic violence problems are growing. Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was reportedly arrested Wednesday for an alleged domestic assault. The former Pittsburgh Steelers running back "was just arrested for domestic violence," according to a tweet posted early Wednesday evening by sports anchor Tyler Baldwin of Arizona's 3TV, citing a "source."
"Cards RB Jonathan Dwyer was escorted out to PHX Police after Wednesday practice to try and avoid media attention," Dwyer tweeted just after 6 p.m. Wednesday. He added in another tweet: "Cards RB Jonathan Dwyer is currently being questioned about alleged fight with wife from a while ago. She saved the records of her injuries." Dwyer has one son, Jonathan "J.J." Dwyer, with his wife, Kayla.
CBS Evening News tweeted that it had confirmed the report:
CONFIRMED: AZ Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer arrested for domestic violence. Charges: -aggravated assault -preventing someone from calling 911
â€” CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) September 17, 2014
The Phoenix Police Department did not immediately respond to an International Business Times request for comment.
The arrest of the 25-year-old former Georgia Tech star and Georgia native is the latest in a series of alleged domestic violence scandals for the NFL that has led to calls for Commissioner Roger Godell to step down. Star Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended indefinitely from the NFL earlier this month after a video of him knocking out his wife in an elevator surfaced, a punishment the NFL Players Union has since appealed.
All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson has been deactivated indefinitely by the Minnesota Vikings and seen his Nike sponsorship deal suspended after he was indicted on child injury charges earlier this month. That case was also fueled by images, as photographs emerged online of his 4-year-old son with cuts and bruises sustained when Peterson "whooped" him with a "switch."
The NFL released a new domestic violence policy late last month, as the league attempted to deflect criticism over its initial decision to suspend Rice for only two games over the domestic violence scandal, despite the fact that it had a video of him dragging his unconcious fiancée (now wife), Janay Palmer, out of an elevator.