Tarvaris Jackson says he’s broke, requests a public defender

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Former Seahawks, Vikings and Bills quarterback Tarvaris Jackson made more than $12 million in his NFL career, but now he says he’s so broke that he can’t even afford a lawyer to defend him against charges that he threatened to kill his wife.

Jackson requested a public defender because he can’t afford an attorney, TMZ reports.

In court documents, Jackson says he has no income, savings or investments. His only asset is a car worth $100,000.

The judge overseeing Jackson’s case denied the request for the public defender, perhaps reasoning that after he made $1.5 million with the Seahawks last year and found a way to buy that car, Jackson can find a way to pay a lawyer, too.

The 33-year-old Jackson was a second-round draft pick of the Vikins in 2006 and has been in the NFL since. He is not currently under contract, and given the legal issues hanging over his head, his NFL career is probably over.

104 responses to “Tarvaris Jackson says he’s broke, requests a public defender

  1. There is no way I can feel sorry for a guy like this. Maybe they’ll cut him some slack in the big house if he tattoos a big “L” on his forehead before he goes in.

  2. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford one, that is when they are appointed. The judge feels that he can afford one. He is not being denied his right to have an attorney, which is different than one automatically being provided for you.

  3. @nhpats- What? Do some research. The Cowboys are not even close to the team with the most arrests. And this coming from a fan who had the most notorious murderer ever in the history of sports on their favorite team. And yes, you kept him on the team knowing something was up. And let him in your facility when he was being accused. Your team is a bunch of murderers and cheaters, so shut the mouth.

  4. Public defense is offered if you’re found to earn less than a certain amount (<60k/yr family in one CO county qualifies for example). If you're ruled to have earning potential above that, you're on your own.

    -GoDenBroncos

  5. eazeback says:

    how can they deny you a public defendant? seems like its violating rights to me

    “You have a right to an attorney, if you cannot afford an attorney one will be provided to you at no cost.”

    Seems logical that a guy who has a $100,000 car and has made millions of dollars should be liable to pay for his own attorney and not the taxpayers.

  6. His biggest mistake was choosing his wife. Who actually believes he pulled a gun so she defended herself with a iron a spoon and some insults about how he better be accurate? Gun was probably in another room somewhere while they argued over nonsense.

  7. who farted? oh yeah, i did says:
    Jul 1, 2016 2:43 PM

    dude’s a beast, no one ever gave him a fair shake
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    Hahahahaha, you apparently are referring to his violent temper, as his current legal troubles illustrate.

    His only attribute on the field was his dreaded “jump pass” that all vikings fans remember, and still have flashbacks from. He was a beast when it came to holding a clipboard. If he came into a game, it was because it was already over.

  8. dude’s a beast, no one ever gave him a fair shake
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    Vikings gave him ample opportunities

  9. Man. I really thought my Vikes got this draft pick right back a few years ago. The refs always seemed to be against him in the big games.

  10. It really is just soooo hard to feel bad for these guys. I get that some are lacking a business degree but come on. You learn in 3rd grade that if you spend all of the change in your pockets you become broke (shocking). I mean the select few that are taken advantage of or have advisors steal from them than that is a separate issue. The rest can learn to work from 9-5 like the rest of us as far as i am concerned.

  11. Just the kind of management, decision-making, and leadership skills you want in a QB.

    How about the due-diligence from the dummies who drafted this guy?

  12. Why the hell did he turn down vet minimum this year?
    Never saved a game check?
    Never listened to accountant?

    Sell your car

  13. In court documents, Jackson says he has no income, savings or investments. His only asset is a car worth $100,000
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    also known as ‘ghetto rich’ or hood rich’

  14. nhpats says:
    Jul 1, 2016 2:36 PM

    Sounds like he’s just about ready to be a Cowboy….

    How is his left clavicle looking?
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    LOL!! Post of the day…….that was a good one!!

  15. Apparently he isn’t very accurate with his paychecks, either. Better sell his only asset, it’s worth less every minute.

  16. FeedtheOldtotheYoung says:
    Jul 1, 2016 2:59 PM
    Just the kind of management, decision-making, and leadership skills you want in a QB.

    How about the due-diligence from the dummies who drafted this guy?
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    Exactly. Why didn’t the Vikings and the NFL as a whole blackball this guy when he was drafted…….a decade ago right

  17. This guy is dumb as rocks. I’m not just saying that, he really is. Ask former teammates. It was documented that he had someone else call the plays in the huddle while in MN because people could not understand him.

    No surprise he’s (allegedly) broke. Should have never been in the league. Yet, Childress and his “wisdom” thought he was the greatest thing to come out of college……2 dumb peas in a pod……

  18. sdsmooth says:
    Jul 1, 2016 2:52 PM

    Man. I really thought my Vikes got this draft pick right back a few years ago. The refs always seemed to be against him in the big games.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++=
    What Big Games?

  19. Always sad to hear. I could retire on just the salary he made last year, probably most of us could. And it would benefit our lives and the lives of our families.

    Instead this money just got wasted. Sad.

  20. sdsmooth says:
    Jul 1, 2016 2:52 PM
    Man. I really thought my Vikes got this draft pick right back a few years ago. The refs always seemed to be against him in the big games.”
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    If you’re deluded enough to believe that the refs were against him, then it comes as no surprise that you actually think your Vikings made a good draft pick at QB.

  21. who farted? oh yeah, i did says:
    Jul 1, 2016 2:43 PM

    dude’s a beast, no one ever gave him a fair
    _____

    Can’t say he was a beast but i can agree, they gave him a short leash, he lead the Vikings to the post season by turning around and handing it to AP which Ponder and Bridgewater both managed to do. The difference is Favre isn’t coming to “save the day” and ruin the other QBs growth. I just don’t believe if the Vikings ability to groom and improve a QB because theyre best seasons are with FA vets at the helm

  22. A fool and his money are soon parted. Again.

    I have zero (insert slang term for coitus here) to give when an athlete burns through that much money.

  23. My favorite T Jack story was in camp during his 2nd NFL season when the press asked Brad “Col Klink” Childress how Jackson was faring on the practice field and Chilly was very much impressed with how he commanded the huddle.

    Considering the play of the QB really needs to be evaluated from the time the ball is snapped until the whistle, I couldn’t imagine a dumber answer to the question but then again, this the coach who sent a 12th man into the huddle to lose a chance to play in the Superbowl. Kinda brings a tear to my eye just thinking about i.

  24. Time to submit a resume like the rest of us. What a loser! This guy was a joke from the very beginning and the seahawks vikings and bills all thought he’s be a real qb in the NFL. That’s the real joke.

  25. Time to submit a resume like the rest of us. What a loser! This guy was a joke from the very beginning and the seahawks vikings and bills all thought he’s be a real qb in the NFL. That’s the real joke.

  26. Wow…..hindsight is great huh. He’s a bum, a loser, was garbage,stupid, all the teams who employed him were idiots. Did I miss anything? Happy 4th of merica!

  27. He has a car worth $100,000 and he needs a public defender? If he sold the car and bought a most used car for $10,000, he would still have $90,000 for court expenses. Hope the tax payers don’t get stuck on this one.

  28. “His only asset is a car worth $100,000”
    ________

    Earned $12 million, no house paid off but he does have a really expensive car. And if it is worth $100K now it was probably in the $300K range when new given how virtually all cars depreciate.

  29. Birdgang says:

    typical low-character Seahawk. The 2012s must be so, so proud!
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    Speaking of character, how’s Dwayne Washington doing?

  30. thats a rights violation to deny a public defender, it’s not the judges business to determine what a man can or can’t afford, and if he voluntarily wants to have a crappy PD defend him, the quality of his representation is on him.

    But this will be lost on the Trump crowd that comments here

  31. Question for NFL fans who don’t live near expensive cities (I live near NYC which is hideously expensive):

    How many money do you need for a comfortable upper MIDDLE class lifestyle? (not rich, just middle class).

    Is 50K a year enough?
    Can you get a nice, but not extravagant 4 bed room house for 300K?
    Other than medical insurance, how much do you need?

  32. whatjusthapped says:
    Jul 1, 2016 4:11 PM

    My favorite T Jack story was in camp during his 2nd NFL season when the press asked Brad “Col Klink” Childress how Jackson was faring on the practice field and Chilly was very much impressed with how he commanded the huddle.

    Considering the play of the QB really needs to be evaluated from the time the ball is snapped until the whistle, I couldn’t imagine a dumber answer to the question but then again…

    This is the commenter that thinks any number divided by zero is zero. LMAO!

  33. “Former Seahawks, Vikings and Bills quarterback Tarvaris Jackson made more than $12 million in his NFL career, but now he says he’s so broke that he can’t even afford a lawyer to defend him against charges that he threatened to kill his wife.”

    That’s probably why he wanted to kill his wife.

  34. He has defintely made mistakes, and certainly not the best starting qb in league history, but he has been a great backup for us for the last few years.

  35. This is such a sad story, but one that is common among NFL and NBA players. I hope he can still turn his life around. I guess Tarkington was the best Viking QB, but Favre was certainly great for one year.

  36. You know what’s sad?

    He had very little to do for Seattle winning a title, but proved that paying backups $3 million or more can’t help you win Super Bowls.

    Jackson earned roughly $3 million in his last 3 years in Seattle, but seemed to live outside his means, especially with his $100,00 car.

    That’s why he’s in trouble and, sadly, no one wants him. He’s on his own and his mistakes are catching up to him. If they do, it’s gonna be uglier than we could ever want to imagine.

  37. . And this coming from a fan who had the most notorious murderer ever in the history of sports on their favorite team.

    hmm. Im thinking we need a celebrity death match between OJ and Aaron….

  38. I don’t feel sorry for him one bit and if I had my way, they’d tell him to defend himself.
    He made millions in his career and pissed it all away and now the taxpayers have to foot the bill for his defense and then his jail time if he is convicted.
    Of course, all the whiny, yellow-bellied left wingers will be all over me for stating he should defend himself. But I couldn’t care less. If they feel so sorry for the creep, let them go serve his jail time with him.

  39. Jackson never was the brightest bulb in the box. We in Minnesota learned all about that first hand when he was a Viking. (Brad Childress, did you ever back the wrong horse.) It’s sad to see someone squander all that money and have his life go down the drain.

  40. The 12 million was BEFORE taxes.

    LOL to the people saying he has been deprived of his rights for being denied a public (tax payer funded) defender. He has a 100k car for god’s sake.

  41. The Chilly era in Minnesota was easily the most entertaining era in sports for me personally. And of course TJack was part of that era.

    The absolute ineptness of that coach and regime was epic!

  42. I have always felt sorry for him. Before the 2006 draft, he was rated as a 6th or 7th round prospect who could be developed into a decent back up QB. Brad Childress not only picked him in the second round, but traded up to get him so that he could show he was the great QB coach. That means he was expected to develop into a quality starting QB. He didn’t have the talent to be that good and his flop was inevitable.

  43. “dude’s a beast, no one ever gave him a fair shake”

    Strange….I know many people who think getting paid 12 million for a few years work would be considered a “fair shake”

    That’s almost 6 million in your account, after taxes and agent’s fees.

    That by the way is what someone making a decent 50k a year would have to work 120 years to make before they paid taxes on it.

    Please explain what’s not “fair” about that ?

  44. Being a second round pick actually may have lengthened his career. If he was a first round pick, he probably would not have made it through his first contract. (See Leinart, Russell, Young and Locker)

  45. TJoke was never said to be the sharpest pencil in the box. Listen to him try and talk and you wonder how he ever earned his high school diploma much less his college degree.

  46. lol at the guy who said “it was 12 million before taxes” then in the same breath “public defenders are taxpayer funded!” I’m pretty sure TJ has paid more in taxes on his NFL money than this comment section will ever pay in it’s entire lives

  47. Nyneal, feeling a bit constipated? So your man Trump isn’t going to get elected, quit trying to make this a political statement.

  48. It’s really nobody’s business but his —— but it would be a fascinating case study to learn where all that money went.

  49. Birdgang says:
    Jul 1, 2016 4:44 PM

    typical low-character Seahawk. The 2012s must be so, so proud!
    __________________________________

    Pretty dumb comment given the fact that Tarvaris Jackson is not on the Seahawks. He’s been a Free Agent since March. To be honest, the Seahawks have very few low-character guys. And to be fair, nobody currently knows for certain what happened between Jackson and his wife that day. She may have made up the threat. As a Hawks fan, I’m glad he’s gone. Trevone Boykin will be an awesome backup for Wilson.

  50. harrisonhits2 says:
    Jul 1, 2016 6:56 PM

    That’s almost 6 million in your account, after taxes and agent’s fees.

    That by the way is what someone making a decent 50k a year would have to work 120 years to make before they paid taxes on it.
    Please explain what’s not “fair” about that
    ________

    No one ever said, he wasn’t PAID enough he certainly was, but it seems like teams were more about the Next big thing instead of finding out if he could be a consistent NFL starter, after leading the Vikings to a post-season birth, Favre came in and he got chased off, then he goes to Seattle, where Wilson arrives and the rest is history.

    I am not going to pretend he was going to be a Tom Brady or anything, but I think he could have grown to be a better QB, and maybe crank out a Jason Campbell style career.

    If you are going to draft someone high because you feel you can mold their raw skills into something special, give them time to grow, one year as a starter and pulling the plug on the experiment isn’t really a fair shake.

  51. Oakland Los Angeles Oakland Las Vegas Raiders says:
    Jul 1, 2016 2:39 PM
    best QB in Vikings history
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    Dumbest quote in profootballtalk history.

  52. So he made $12 million since 2006?

    If a person made $100,000/year, it would take 120 years to make $12 million.

    Tavaris, you’re dumber than you look.

  53. If you are bad with money, you will waste it no matter how much you have — and sometimes because of how much you have. This is why poor people that win the lottery are usually broke again in a few years. And yet people want to just hand out taxpayer money to folks that will spend it not on their kids education, but on a big screen tv that they then throw a whiskey bottle through.

  54. football2011 says:
    Jul 1, 2016 6:54 PM
    I have always felt sorry for him. Before the 2006 draft, he was rated as a 6th or 7th round prospect who could be developed into a decent back up QB. Brad Childress not only picked him in the second round, but traded up to get him so that he could show he was the great QB coach. That means he was expected to develop into a quality starting QB. He didn’t have the talent to be that good and his flop was inevitable.
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    This is a first. I wonder if Tavaris called Brad and asked him to take back the pick so he could be drafted in the 6th of 7th round instead.

  55. adoombray says:
    Jul 1, 2016 5:11 PM
    thats a rights violation to deny a public defender, it’s not the judges business to determine what a man can or can’t afford, and if he voluntarily wants to have a crappy PD defend him, the quality of his representation is on him.
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    You are wrong. It is absolutely the judge’s business to determine what a man can or cannot afford. “You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford one, one will be provided for you”. Direct quote from the standard Miranda warning. Same as when someone requests a waiver for court filing fees.

  56. vikings2102 says:
    Jul 1, 2016 3:23 PM
    This guy is dumb as rocks. I’m not just saying that, he really is. Ask former teammates. It was documented that he had someone else call the plays in the huddle while in MN because people could not understand him.

    No surprise he’s (allegedly) broke. Should have never been in the league. Yet, Childress and his “wisdom” thought he was the greatest thing to come out of college……2 dumb peas in a pod……

    —–
    Close friend of the team are you? SMH at you people.

  57. A judge with the common sense to turn down a millionaire requesting a public defender. Didn’t think we had anymore of those.

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