Reggie Rogers, a former University of Washington football All-American, was charged this week with domestic violence/assault.
Seattle police say they were called to Rogers’ home on 15th Avenue South on Monday by his wife, who reported that Rogers had hit her.
Rogers’ wife said she was awoken by her husband who was yelling at a television, according to a police report. When she went to check on him, he accused her of “trying to kill him by asking him to stop drinking alcohol,” the report says.
Rogers’ wife told police he then ordered her to get him a beer from the garage, and grabbed her by the collar of her bathrobe, pulled her toward him and struck her on the top of her head with a small flashlight, according to the report. She told police that Rogers threw the flashlight at her when she went into the garage, the report says.
She then called police.
When he followed her to check on her, she ran across the street, police said.
According to police, Rogers is 6-feet-6 and 290 pounds, while his wife is 4-feet-10 and 119 pounds.
Rogers was arrested outside his home without incident, police said. He pleaded not guilty to the charges at his first appearance in Seattle Municipal Court on Wednesday.
Rogers had a stellar football career from 1984-86 at the UW, where he was an All-American. He also played basketball at the UW for three seasons. He was drafted in the first round by the NFL’s Detroit Lions in 1987.
But during what should have been the pinnacle of his career, he ran a stop sign in Pontiac, Mich., on Oct. 20, 1988, and collided with another car, killing three teenagers. His blood-alcohol level was more than two times the legal limit and he was found guilty of negligent homicide and spent a year in prison.
After the Lions dropped him, he was picked up by the Buffalo Bills, but he played in only two games.
Since then, he has been arrested for a string of DUIs, assault and other criminal traffic violations, most recently in 2011.