Former Detroit Lions WR Charles Rogers Fails to Show Up to Court; Arrest Warrant Issued

By Dan Parzych

In what happens to be the latest chapter in the sad life of former Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers, the former first-round pick now has a warrant out for his arrest after failing to show up to court on Wednesday.

Back in April, Rogers was arrested for threatening to kill his mother over a dispute regarding $100,000 and had his court date scheduled for Wednesday. Apparently, Rogers was given until the end of the day to show up after claiming he couldn’t make the original time because he couldn’t find a ride and failed to do so–which is why the arrest warrant was issued for the former wideout.

Unfortunately, this is just one of many sad incidents Rogers has been involved with following his disappointing NFL career. After being selected as the No. 2 pick in the 2003 NFL Draft following a stellar career at Michigan State, Rogers jumped out to an impressive start during his rookie year before suffering a broken collarbone that ended his season.

What’s even more frustrating–Rogers re-aggravated the injury during the first game of the 2004 season. From there, everything seemed to go down hill for Rogers as he would eventually be suspended four games by the NFL during the 2005 season after violating the league’s substance abuse policy for the third time.

In three NFL seasons, Rogers saw action in just 15 games while catching just 36 passes for 440 yards and four touchdowns. There’s no question Rogers will go down as one of the biggest draft busts of all time and it’s a shame to see yet another potential NFL star put all of their talent to waste.

Dan Parzych is the Director of Content for

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