Erik Kramer’s ex-wife charged with 12 felonies for abusing, stealing from him

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Five years ago today, former NFL quarterback Erik Kramer shot himself in the head in a suicide attempt. Kramer survived, but brain damage left him unable to process complex decisions like managing the millions of dollars he earned in his playing career. And now a woman who married Kramer the year after his suicide attempt is facing felony charges for taking advantage of him.

Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports has a lengthy profile of Kramer, detailing how he has attempted to recover from both the physical and mental injuries of his suicide attempt.

Among the challenges facing Kramer since that suicide attempt is that in 2016 he married Cortney Baird in a courthouse ceremony that none of his friends or family attended. Kramer now says he was still struggling with an inability to make decisions because of his severe frontal lobe injury, and he couldn’t understand the implications of the marriage.

“It was basically like marrying a 4-year-old,” Kramer said.

Once Kramer got married to Baird, he says, there was no one to protect him from her taking advantage of him. Eventually friends and attorneys helped him get the marriage nullified, but by then he had lost $600,000 between money Baird is accused of taking and money he spent on legal fees to deal with the fallout.

This year Baird was arrested and charged with 12 felonies including elder abuse, identity theft and forgery. She has pleaded not guilty and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for next month.

Kramer’s 13-year pro football career included leading the Lions to their only postseason win in the last 60 years and setting the Bears’ franchise records for passing yards and passing touchdowns in a season. His life after football has been a difficult struggle, but at age 55 he is working hard to pull himself back together.

12 responses to “Erik Kramer’s ex-wife charged with 12 felonies for abusing, stealing from him

  1. That is sad. Hope he gets the help and support in his life that makes a positive difference. Hope the witch goes to jail Or better yet, make her get a job and pay every penny BACK.

  2. Still remember when he dressed as Wayne Fontes for Halloween way back when. Hope he has brighter days ahead

  3. After all these years, he’s still one of my favorite Bears. Class act.

    Stay strong Eric!

  4. Golddiggers plan and scheme to get a wealthy person to marry them. Both men and women do this. Then they rob them blind. Remember when that bimbo Anna Nicole Smith married that 80 something year old billionaire? Their wedding picture showed her with a big smile and him in a wheelchair with a “what the heck just happened” look on his face. This woman obviously has no conscience at all. Hope she has to pay Kramer back and gets 20 years in prison.

  5. Poor Erik. I had no idea he was struggling so badly. The best Bears QB for a while. Shame the O line allowed him to get beat up so bad. I hope he finds peace and someone better to love and look after him right. The guy deserves it. As for the thing that married him? I hope she sees a long time in jail to reflect on the wickedness she did.

  6. Good luck in putting your life back together Erik, and to the Dungeon for the heartless wench of a woman

  7. Just don’t understand all these misogynistic, women-hating comments. We should “wish her well”.

  8. mackcarrington says:
    August 18, 2020 at 6:58 pm
    Just don’t understand all these misogynistic, women-hating comments. We should “wish her well”.
    Maybe you’ve hit on her defense–“I was striking a blow for all the women who’ve been abused by men for thousands of years, and it just happened to come with lots and lots of cash.”

    While I hope she gets what she deserves, it’s more important that Kramer gets what he needs–help in putting his life back together. I wish him well.

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