Detroit judge: Charles Rogers owes Lions $6.1 million

The increasingly depressing story of former Lions receiver Charles Rogers just grew a little more depressing.  For him.

The Detroit Free Press reports that U.S. District Julian Cook ruled Rogers owed the Lions $6.1 million of a $9.1-million signing bonus because of his problems with substance abuse.

The Lions sued Rogers last year for failing to comply with a previous ruling.  Rogers was sentenced to 93 days in jail after violating his probation for a pair of alcohol-related events.

57 responses to “Detroit judge: Charles Rogers owes Lions $6.1 million

  1. What does Matt Millen owe the team for being intoxicated while making draft picks?

  2. It’s a shame. You hate to see someone with such a shot at greatness totally blow their chance. If he’d worked harder and stayed clean at Michigan State, he could have been something truly special.
    A good reminder to teams who consider Dez Bryant this year.

  3. The wikipedia article on his life is a good read. I wonder how his 7 children feel about this.

  4. Considering he doesn’t have $61 left from his signing bonus I highly doubt the Lions get $6,100,000

  5. Oh I’m sure they will get back every dime, all they have to do is wring it out of him.

  6. I’m sure Rogers has that 6.1 million lying around and he’ll make it a priority to send that back to the Lions promptly.

  7. Damn shame.. Kid had a lot of talent… such a waste. And how exactly do they plan on collecting the money?? Dude is broke as hell by now.

  8. I bet he can write them a check any time. What a waste of tax payer dollars there in good old Detroit.

  9. Are they going to garnish his wages?…….This could put a serious dent in his “would you like fries with that” annunal imcome………

  10. odds are he spent the money on gold chains and paying producer/promoter fees to start a budding career in rap music.

  11. Maybe he can borrow it from Barry Sanders….uh oh, didnt the Lions make Barry pay that back too? Oh well then

  12. F him, that POS deserves to be dead broke for the rest of his life for blowing that oppourtunity.

  13. > and >
    No that’s definitely piling on!
    15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct!
    What a freaking goof is rogers.
    From the penthouse to the outhouse in a few short years.

  14. They probably could get a lien against future earnings or against the assets he already has.

  15. Charles – That is 203,333 1/8s. (With Charles, you have to put it in formula of bags of weed)

  16. Dear Detroit Lions,
    Good Effin’ luck with that.
    Signed,
    The #2 Pick in the 2003 Draft – thanks Matt Millen! – and possibly a current member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Charles Rogers.

  17. chipwade,
    What, he already blew 9 million bucks (on blow, a mansion, a Bentley, and some gold teeth?) Yeah, these guys “needs dat money for their famblys and their biatches.”

  18. The sad thing is I don’t think Matt Millen was intoxicated… stupidity is just his natural state. Charles Rogers… well, as a former stoner myself, I know how hopeless life can get. Not excusing it, it’s an emotional addiction, at least is was for me. Hopefully, Charles can get his act together and get a job so he can at least pay back $6100 at a minimum

  19. It is pretty sad….his career was on the right path until week 5 of his rookie season……oh wait it’s not sad…he’s a dipshit loser….anyONE reading this article would kill to have the kind of talent he did….but he pissed it away….maybe they can throw that 6.1 mill at Pacman

  20. Rogers has this nailed, no sweat. In Michigan, every returned empty 40 ouncer and Wild Irish Rose is worth 10 cents a pop. With 600,000 empties returned (which would clean out his basement), that would cover 6 million of it right there. The rest he could scrounge from under his sofa.

  21. Just as the 8 years of the Bush administration was a disaster, 8 years of Millen was the same for the Lions. Hopefully we now have the right people in the right places to turn things around…….but it won’t happen overnight fixing their screw ups.

  22. Just another dumb hood rat, probably with neck tats,who pissed away a fortune and will be considered a legend in the ghetto, it doesn’t take much….i’m sure his baby mommas will try to cash in, but will be left with nothing, but at least he kept it real…….Right asswipes?……..you can’t define stupidity, but you also can’t ignore it when it’s right in your face……STUPID is as STUPID does…….Oh i’m sorry, he’s a grown man who never grew up……And pissed away a fortune……I truly feel bad for him…………NOT…..How soon til he signs with someone to write a book, that only the incarcerated will read?……

  23. And I remember when I thought this guy was WITHOUT A DOUBT the best player in college football when he was at Michigan State. I didn’t know anything about him except his on-field performance.
    There is no way he is going to be able to pay that back… unless he starts getting royalties from being on every top 10 NFL bust list that’s ever made…
    Speaking of the ‘list’… I think he falls in right at #2 behind Leaf.

  24. God’s Own Silver and Blue – ten cents into six million is 66,000,000, not 600,000…Each can is not worth 10 bucks. Dude, nice Detroit Public school education!

  25. Gods own Silver and Blue said:
    “In Michigan, every returned empty 40 ouncer and Wild Irish Rose is worth 10 cents a pop. With 600,000 empties returned (which would clean out his basement), that would cover 6 million of it right there.”
    Yikes…another scathing indictment of the Michigan educational system. That many bottles is only 6 million pennies buddy, not dollars.

  26. God’s Own Silver and Blue says: April 6, 2010 4:05 PM
    Rogers has this nailed, no sweat. In Michigan, every returned empty 40 ouncer and Wild Irish Rose is worth 10 cents a pop. With 600,000 empties returned (which would clean out his basement), that would cover 6 million of it right there. The rest he could scrounge from under his sofa.
    ____________________________________
    600,000 x .10 = $60,000
    Sleep through 2nd grade math did we?

  27. The Dagger in the heart is that the next pick after Rogers was Andre Johnson. Can you even imagine Andre next to CJ, you can’t triple team both of them.
    “You failed us for the last time Millen” (insert Darth Vader’s hand chocking Millen)

  28. ittlekaps says:
    April 6, 2010 4:29 PM
    God’s Own Silver and Blue – ten cents into six million is 66,000,000, not 600,000…Each can is not worth 10 bucks. Dude, nice Detroit Public school education!
    ———————————————
    And where exactly did YOU go to school, Einstein?! 10 cents into 66,000,000 is not 6 million, but 6.6 million.
    Nice home schooling by your mother/sister/cousin.

  29. dang dude also had 2 kids born before he graduated highschool
    that child support is a MFer

  30. Since the powers that be at PFT decided not to post my comment, here is try #2, in all its glory…
    Moronic thug.
    That is all.

  31. He’s going to be working day labor for the rest of his pathetic life. He can’t work a normal job because they will garnish his wages.

  32. Ch. 11 filing coming up.
    Chapter 11 is when you own a business, Does rogers own a business?Chapter 7 is complete banko and 13 is partial pay back. WTF are you talking about.

  33. @ OC Dave
    Just like we have 1 and a half years of Obama Garbage…..
    Warren: “dang dude also had 2 kids born before he graduated highschool
    that child support is a MFer”
    So was birth control

  34. Who cares? Wah he got paid and couldn’t handle his high. I know a 20 people like him and they never had more than $100 to their names. He should consider himself lucky.

  35. Well since he paid 50% taxes on the money to begin with he won’t even have that much left. Does the government have to reimburse the amount he paid in taxes on that money since this technically means he was never paid that 6.1 mil ?
    Well maybe the Lions need someone to clean their toilets for life. That’s about the only way they’ll get anything of value out of him.

  36. Musta been the school bell that “I didn’t hear no bell” didn’t hear.

  37. Yeah yeah littlekaps, so I misplaced a comma in a post on an Internet chat board. That’s worth a lot less than what Charles Rogers misplaced.

  38. And you wonder why the owners are taking such a strong antiunion stance
    Art Blank is owed 100 Million from the dog killer now this ahole owes Ford 6 million
    And people bitch about the owners wanting to get money

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