When we last checked in on former NFL draft bust Charles Rogers, he was wanted on two arrest warrants. On Thursday, Rogers turned himself in and appeared before a judge in his hometown of Saginaw, Michigan.
MLive.com has the details of Rogers’ latest legal problems, including something we had previously missed: One of the charges Rogers is facing — making a malicious phone call — stems from a threatening call he allegedly made to his own mother. Another of the charges — conspiring to commit a crime — is because he and his uncle allegedly worked together in threatening his mother. (His uncle is facing the same charges for the alleged threat against his sister.)
Rogers has long had a difficult relationship with his mother, moving in and out of her home as a child because, among other reasons, she was sentenced to a year in prison for welfare fraud when he was 6.
On Thursday the judge released Rogers on a $7,500 bond. Rogers seems to think he got special treatment because he’s a former NFL player: MLive.com reports that as Rogers left court, he said, “If I was a nobody, they would have crucified me.”
Rogers has had a long string of legal and personal problems, most stemming from the use of alcohol and marijuana, and he has said that he believes one of the reasons he was a failure in the NFL is that he smoked marijuana regularly during his playing career. Former Lions President Matt Millen used the second overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft on Rogers even though Rogers submitted a diluted urine sample when he was drug tested at the Scouting Combine.
Rogers played in 15 games in his NFL career, catching 36 passes for 440 yards.