||09-20-2011 08:10 PM
Brett Rogers Pleads Guilty to Assault
This whole story broke about a month or so ago (while I was absent from the forums because of my mission trip & move), so I'm not sure if anyone ever posted the original article or not. Here's the resolution, though, from MMAFighting.com:
Brett Rogers pled guilty to third-degree assault on Thursday in connection with a domestic violence incident involving his wife, and as a result had three other charges dropped.
Rogers will not be sentenced until Nov. 30, and in the mean time he will face Eddie Sanchez on the Sept. 23 Titan Fighting Championships card, as scheduled.
Rogers' attorney, Murad Mohammed, told Apple Valley Patch that he believes there is a good chance Rogers will escape any jail time.
"Overall, Brett and I are pleased with the outcome," Mohammed said. "I think it's important for everyone, especially Brett's wife and family, to know that Brett has taken ownership for everything that's happened. It's an unfortunate situation for the family and the end result is Brett not having a felony conviction resulting in him returning to his family and continuing to fight."
In June, shortly after Rogers lost to Josh Barnett in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, witnesses said they saw Rogers strike his wife, and he was arrested. Zuffa, the parent company of Strikeforce and the UFC, immediately released Rogers. He and his wife later appeared together in a television interview and said they were reconciled.
Rogers has been in several high-profile MMA fights, including a first-round knockout of Jon Murphy in the first MMA fight ever to be broadcast on network television and a first-round knockout of former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski. He had lost consecutive Strikeforce fights to Fedor Emelianenko, Alistair Overeem and Barnett at the time he was released by the promotion.
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