Wide receiver Charles Rogers was a star when he was at Michigan State University. He was drafted #2 by the Detroit Lions in the 2003 NFL draft and reportedly had contracts worth tens of millions of dollars. But his pro career never really took off and after a series of injuries–and a suspension for smoking weed–he was let go in 2006. Since then he was supposed to be completing a court-ordered sobriety program, but allegedly falsified documents indicating he had been attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. But rather than go back to “sobriety court” Rogers decided to take his chances with jail and was ordered to spend 30 days behind bars instead. Here’s more on the story from the Detroit News:
Former Detroit Lion and one-time star Michigan State wide receiver Charles Rogers was sentenced to serve a jail term Tuesday after failing yet another court-ordered substance abuse test and deciding that a special court for drug and alcohol offenders was not for him. “Mr. Rogers, I understand you want out of sobriety court?” Novi District Judge Brian MacKenzie asked Rogers, 27, a former standout and first round NFL draft pick.
“Yes sir,” said Rogers, leaning against a wall in navy blue jail garb, his once multimillion dollar hands handcuffed in front of him. McKenzie ordered Rogers back to the Oakland County Jail for 30 days and gave him credit for 15 days served, including six since Thursday, when he was quietly jailed for violating condition of court. With good time he will likely be released in mid-April.
Rogers appeared to prefer jail instead of toughing out the 18-month sobriety court and its rules and regulations until June.