Strikeforce heavyweight fighter Brett Rogers was arrested last night on suspicion of assaulting his wife amongst other offenses.
Below are the full charges laid against him as laid down in the official criminal complaint:
1. Assault In The Third Degree
That on or between June 28 and June 29, 2011, in Dakota County, Minnesota, BRETT CHARLES ROGERS did assault another and inflicted substantial bodily harm.
2. Domestic Assault By Strangulation
That on or between June 28 and June 29, 2011, in Dakota County, Minnesota, BRETT CHARLES ROGERS did assault a family or household member by strangulation; i.e., intentionally impeded normal breathing or circulation of the blood by applying pressure on the throat or neck or by blocking the nose or mouth of another person.
3. Pattern Of Stalking Conduct
That during 2010 through June 29, 2011, in Dakota County, Minnesota, BRETT CHARLES ROGERS did engage in a pattern of stalking conduct with respect to a single victim or one or more members of a single household which defendant knew or had reason to know would cause the victim under the circumstances to feel terrorized or to fear bodily harm and which did cause this reaction on the part of the victim.
4. Endangerment Of A Child
That on or between June 28 and June 29, 2011, in Dakota County, Minnesota, BRETT CHARLES ROGERS, a parent, legal guardian, or caretaker, did endanger a child’s person or health by intentionally or recklessly causing or permitting a child to be placed in a situation likely to substantially harm the child’s physical, mental, or emotional health or cause the child’s death.
The full story makes for very unpleasant reading. According to Rogers wife she was initially strangled by him after an argument in their house. She escaped to the backyard at which point witnesses, which include both his own 9 year-old daughter and neighbours, alleged to have seen Rogers repeatedly punch her, causing her to pass out.
Upon arriving at the scene the police found Rogers to be intoxicated while Rogers wife was observed to be bloodied and missing a tooth, with a golf-ball sized lump above her forehead amongst other visible signs of injury.
The report goes on to state that Rogers daughter has claimed that she has seen him hit her mother before, and that Rogers had also been violent to his own children over the past two years.
Rogers is currently in jail in Minnesota with his bail set at $100,000.
The picture portrayed today of Rogers is far removed from the image of a family man living the American Dream that was portrayed during a ‘Fight Camp 360’ episode aired on Showtime prior to Rogers high-profile fight with Fedor Emelianenko back in 2009.
In that episode Rogers was shown in the process of moving into a new home with his wife and children thanks to the money that he was now earning as a professional fighter and talking proudly of the fact that their childreen would now have a backyard to play in.
The 6ft 4″, 260lb fighter has fallen on hard times inside the cage since then though, starting with a KO loss to Fedor, and continuing with a further two back-to-back losses in the Strikeforce cage, the latest of which occured less than two weeks ago when he was submitted by Josh Barnett in the quarter-finals of the promotion’s heavyweight grand-prix.
It appears that this pales in comparison to his life outside of the cage however, and after today’s dramatic developments his fighting future in the Strikeforce organization now surely hangs in the balance.
UPDATE: Dana White confirmed following today’s UFC 132 pre-fight press conference that Rogers has been released from his Strikeforce contract with immediate effect following news of his arrest.