5:00 PM PDT: Cops now tell TMZ Sports, Dwyer was involved in TWO incidents and is accused of "causing a fracture."
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was just arrested for domestic violence over an alleged altercation with his wife.
The 25-year-old NFL player was arrested in Phoenix on suspicion of aggravated assault and preventing someone from calling 911 ... this according to CBS News.
It's unclear when and where the alleged incident took place.
Of course, it's just the latest in a string of domestic violence arrests involving NFL players ... including former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, Ray McDonald and NY Jets rookie Quincy Enunwa.
Whatcha gonna do, Roger?
I'm Pulling for Ray Rice
9/17/2014 10:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
He lashed out at Adrian Peterson ... but when it comes to Ray Rice, Cris Carter tells TMZ Sports he's rooting for the NFL star to get his life back together.
Carter was on his way to the White House when he told us he stands by his emotional statements on Peterson -- saying he still strongly believes the Vikings should keep him off the field.
But when we asked about Rice, the NFL Hall of Famer told us he hopes the former Ravens running back can redeem himself ... and strongly believes he'll be able to get his life back together.
As for why Carter is at the White House -- he's set to speak on a panel about his battle with substance abuse and recovery.
No Trace of Radisson
At Today's Press Conference
9/17/2014 9:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Didn't take long for the Minnesota Vikings to scrub all signs of the Radisson after the hotel suspended its relationship with the NFL team ... because the logo is noticeably absent on the team banner at today's news conference.
The team is setting up to address the media -- and swapped out the backdrop, which used to prominently display the Radisson logo to one that just has the Vikings emblem on it.
The Radisson has suspended its relationship with the team after its logo appeared behind team reps earlier in the week when they announced they would be REINSTATING Peterson.
After intense public backlash, the team eventually reversed course ... but the damage was already done.
Team owner Zygi Wilf just said, "We made a mistake."
"Adrian will be away from the team," Wilf said.
NIKE SUSPENDS CONTRACT
'We Don't Condone Domestic Violence'
9/17/2014 8:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It was only a matter of time ... but Nike has announced it has suspended its endorsement contract with Adrian Peterson.
The Swoosh just issued a statement saying, "Nike in no way condones child abuse or domestic violence of any kind and has shared our concerns with the NFL."
"We have suspended our contract with Adrian Peterson."
The timing is interesting ... considering AP left his house in Minnesota Tuesday covered head-to-toe in Nike gear.
It's almost like when Nike saw AP repping the brand in public, it seemed to be the final straw.
It's a huge step for Nike considering Peterson was one of the brands BIGGEST stars. The fact Nike has suspended the contract and has not dropped him entirely gives them the ability to reactivate him when they feel the time is right.
Barred from the Minnesota Vikings
9/17/2014 3:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Minnesota Vikings have reversed their decision on Adrian Peterson and decided to bar him from all team activities until his child abuse case is resolved.
Vikings owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf announced they were placing Peterson on the NFL's exempt/commissioner's permission list, saying in a statement, "After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian."
The team had deactivated Peterson for last week's game following the allegations against their star running back, but on Monday announced their plans to play him this coming Sunday.
Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, described the move as "the best possible outcome given the circumstances."
My Superhero Flick's A Finalist
For HBO's 'Project Greenlight'
9/17/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A superhero movie featuring NFL superstar Vernon Davis in the title role is a FINALIST for HBO's "Project Greenlight" show ... TMZ Sports has learned.
As we previously reported, the San Francisco 49ers star played Captain Torpedo in a recently produced short film by French Mustache ... a comedy production company.
In the 2 minute and 4 second flick, Captain Torpedo finds himself in a tough situation ... being held captive by a deranged military guy with an inconsistent accent.
SPOILER ALERT: The Capt. takes a slug to the dome.
Turns out, the head producer behind the flick decided to enter the movie into the HBO competition -- famously started by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon -- and the movie made it all the way to the final 20.
FYI -- the previous round contained 200 movies!
If "Captain Torpedo" wins (based on voting on the official website with ends on 9/26), the filmmaker will get the chance to direct a real-life feature film.
It's huge for Davis -- considering the producers LOOOVE him and believe he can be a major Hollywood star one day. In fact, one of the producers tells us, "This is not the last we will see of Vernon Davis."
Stay tuned ...
Hey, Football ...
Don't Kick Me Around!
9/17/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
'Selling Poison On That High Horse'
9/16/2014 3:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Arian Foster is GOING OFF on Anheuser-Busch for daring to criticize the league's handling of the domestic violence crisis -- saying the beer giant is, "Selling poison on that high horse."
The Houston Texans running back's blood was clearly boiling when he read AB's statement ... which said it was "not yet satisfied with the league's handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code."
Foster's response -- "Lol ok, alcohol company."
"Selling poison on that high horse," he wrote ... adding, "Domestic violence and alcohol damn near synonymous."
Foster was challenged on Twitter, with someone saying, "Finally a BIG time company taking a public stance AGAINST and you rip them? Huh?"
His response? "You need a company to tell you dv is wrong?"
"Everybody is just riding the media wave. There has been tons of dv cases throughout the years where was all this support then? Its political."
"Anytime it's starts to tinkering with their bottom line, then they act. Now they're concerned."
NFL/CBS Deceived Everyone
I NEVER Signed on for Football
9/16/2014 11:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rihanna is livid at the NFL and CBS ... claiming the league and the network had no right to make it look like she was part of the Ravens/Steelers Thursday night pre-game show ... and had no right to single her out when it was scrapped.
Sources connected with Rihanna tell TMZ ... the singer was pissed when someone sent her the joint NFL/CBS press release last week, with the headline, "CBS & NFL Network 'Run This Town' for Thursday Night Football Open with Music Featuring Rihanna & Narration by Don Cheadle."
In fact Rihanna never did anything special for the game ... all CBS/NFL did was license a Jay Z song that featured Rihanna.
Rihanna's rep tells TMZ, "Due to the misuse and misrepresentation of Rihanna's name and participation in connection to CBS TNF, CBS was not allowed to license and utilize the song 'Run This Town.' Roc Nation made the decision to not grant the song’s usage."
Translation: Because her name was used to promote the show, she felt she then had the right to block the production.
Rihanna also made it clear on social media Tuesday ... she is also angry that CBS yanked the production and insinuated it was because she was the victim of domestic violence.
CBS's plan was to use the Jay Z song along with a voiceover by Don Cheadle that would be customized for each match up -- but CBS said today the song will NOT be used.
We called CBS and the NFL ... so far, no comment.
I'm Still In Jail
... Day 201
9/16/2014 12:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former NFL superstar Darren Sharper has been locked up in an L.A. jail for 201 days ... and despite the fact he hasn't been convicted of a crime, he ain't gettin' out anytime soon.
Of course, Sharper is behind bars because he's accused of drugging and raping two women he met at a West Hollywood nightclub back in October 2013.
He's also been charged with raping two women Arizona -- after allegedly drugging them as well ... and he's being investigated for similar crimes in Louisiana and Nevada.
Arizona is seeking extradition to try him for the alleged crimes in Tempe, but prosecutors will have to wait until L.A. is done with him.
But that could be a while ... because Sharper was due to appear in court today for a preliminary hearing -- but it was postponed until October and a trial date has yet to be set. He's currently in an L.A. jail and -- because the Arizona judge has ordered him held without bail -- the cell door remains locked.
For his part, Sharper has pled not guilty to the crimes in L.A. and his lawyers have denied the allegations in the other cases.
202, 203, 204 ...
Pleads GUILTY to DWI
9/16/2014 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cleveland Browns superstar Josh Gordon plead guilty to driving while impaired in North Carolina this morning ... and if he stays out of trouble for 12 months, he'll stay out of jail.
As we previously reported, the WR was pulled over on July 5 in Raleigh after cops say he was speeding -- and during the stop, officers noticed he was boozed up (blew a .09).
Gordon was sentenced to a 60-day suspended sentence -- with 12 months unsupervised probation ... which means if he does anything stupid during the next year, like break the law, he'll have to serve the 60 days.
But if he keeps his nose clean, he'll stay out the joint -- the operative word being "if."
Hey Nike ...
We're Still Cool, Right?
9/16/2014 10:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Accused child abuser Adrian Peterson wants to remind you -- he's still one of the faces of Nike ... emerging from his home today decked out in Swoosh gear.
The embattled Vikings running back was leaving his pad in Minnesota Tuesday morning -- where he's expected to rejoin the team for practice this week ... and ya gotta think, he's clearly testing his relationship with his sponsor.
It was just yesterday that the Radisson hotel chain suspended its relationship with the Vikings following a news conference in which a team rep announced Peterson's reinstatement in front of a banner featuring the hotel's logo.
So now, with AP so proudly sporting the swoosh -- while legal proceedings continue in the child abuse case from May -- it'll be interesting to see if Nike stays with him or follows Radisson's lead.
Just a few days ago, Nike issued a statement saying it's "aware of the allegations" and will "closely monitor the situation."
Stay tuned ...
NFL Star Alfred Morris
Takes Fancy Waiter Job
After 2 TD Performance
9/16/2014 8:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
24 hours after a dominant TWO touchdown performance, Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris was already back to work ... as a waiter a fancy steak restaurant.
Morris -- and several of his teammates strapped on some aprons for "Celebrity Waiter Night" at Ruth's Chris in Arlington, VA ... where the guys served up appetizers to raise money for charity.
On his way into the steak joint, Morris told us being a waiter is CAKE compared to his job on the gridiron ... saying, "All you do is smile and be polite!"
The gang raised money for the Blitz for the Better foundation -- which helps out families in need in the D.C. area ... especially families with children who are ill, have special needs or are physically challenged.
Tickets went for $350-a-pop ... hopefully, the guy (who's one of the most underpaid players in the NFL) made out with a few tips.