Arizona Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer Pleads Not Guilty


Sep 14, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer (20) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer, who was arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges in relation to two domestic violence incidents involving his wife and child back in July, plead not guilty in Maricopa County Superior Court on Monday morning.

Almost three weeks ago, a few days after scoring a touchdown in the win over the New York Giants, Dwyer was arrested after Phoenix Police took him from Cardinals headquarters for questioning.  His wife had stayed quiet about the incidents until September for fear of hers and his safety.  Allegedly Dwyer threatened to injure himself via text if she went to police about the incidents.  After his arrest, the Cards placed him on the season-ending Reserve/Non-Football Illness list.

He is accused of head-butting his wife and throwing a shoe at his 17-month old son in separate incidents on July 21st and 22nd respectively.  He is facing one felony charge and eight misdemeanors. He denies ever touching his wife.  He and his attorney, Jared Allen, have had no further comment.  According to the court calendar next in this case is preliminary hearing this Thursday October 9th.