How ridiculously bad is this month for NFL PR? I can’t remember a time where not only the National Football League but a sports league in general that has looked THIS bad ever; at least not all at once like we are seeing with “The Shield”.
Jonathan Dwyer of the Arizona Cardinals is the latest player to light up headlines in a negative light. Dwyer has been arrested on multiple allegations of aggravated assault from two separate incidents during the month of July. He has since been deactivated and will not play this Sunday.
What did Dwyer do to get arrested?
In short Jonathan was booked with 5 different counts; to be specific he was charged with two counts of criminal damage, one count of aggravated assault involving a minor, one count of preventing the use of a phone in an emergency, one count of assault, and finally one count of aggravated assault causing a fracture. That is a mouthful; and it doesn’t at all look good for the 25 year old especially in the wake of cases such as the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson incidents that the NFL is dealing with.
The incidents are both said to have occurred at Dwyer’s home in Phoenix, AZ. The two reported victims are a 27 year old woman and an 18 month child; Jonathan’s wife and baby.
The Cardinals wasted no time deactivating him once hearing of the allegations and issued this statement as reported by NFL.com:
"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."
During such troublesome times in the league it seems highly unlikely that Dwyer will be playing anytime in the near future especially with the nature of these allegations.
Fortunately for the “Cards” their top RB, Andre Ellington, has stayed out of bad press (fingers and toes crossed) up until now and will still be carrying the load of the team’s carries.
The absence of Dwyer will affect the team’s depth on the other hand as the former Pittsburgh Steeler was brought in to help Ellington but that won’t be the case for a while. It just seems that things will only continue to get worse for the National Football League as more and more allegations and cases come forward for players.
Let’s hope that this is one of the last ones and let’s just try to back to football… Again fingers crossed.
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