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Arrest warrant issued for Charles Rogers


Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers enters the field before play against the St. Louis Rams in a pre-season game August 29, 2005 at Ford Field, Detroit.

Al Messerschmidt

The long, sad story of former Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers added another chapter when a judge in Saginaw County issued an arrest warrant for the second overall pick of the 2003 NFL Draft.

Rogers was supposed to be in court Wednesday for a hearing on whether or not his trial on five misdemeanor charges would go forward as scheduled on June 19th. Rogers called the court to tell them that he couldn’t find transportation and was given until the end of the working day to appear. He didn’t and reports that the judge issued the arrest warrant at the end of the day.

Rogers will be tried on December 2011 charges of marijuana possession, possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, and operating a motor vehicle on a suspended or revoked license, along with March 2012 charges of making a malicious phone call and conspiracy to make a malicious phone call.

The malicious phone call in question was made by Rogers to his mother. Rogers allegedly threatened to “blow her mouth out” and that he was willing to do any time that arose from committing that crime. Rogers’ career was cut short by injuries and drug use, with the latter causing the Lions to make a bid to recover the majority of bonuses that the Lions paid him during his career. Since he was released in 2006, Rogers has had several run-ins with the law and could face two years in jail if convicted of all the charges he currently faces.