Former Alabama quarterback Jay Barker was arrested Saturday morning in Nashville, Tennessee for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
According to the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office online database, Barker was arrested at 4:10 a.m. CT and arrested at 4:52 a.m. He was then held on $10,000 bail for 12 hours on domestic violence charges. He posted bail and was released at 7:29 p.m. Barker currently has a court date for March 22 at 8:30 a.m
According to a report by ABC 33/40, an affidavit said there was probable reason to believe Barker unlawfully attempted to hit his wife, Sara Evans, with a vehicle. Evans, who is separated and separated from Barker, returned home after a party at a neighbor’s house. She was driven home by a witness. As the vehicle pulled into the driveway, Barker was driving a separate vehicle and reversed at high speed to meet her. Barker drove away but later returned when police arrived at the scene. He was then arrested by the Nashville Police Department.
Barker, 49, played in Alabama from 1991-1994 and was quarterback for the Crimson Tide during the 1992 national championship season. During his 1994 senior season, he won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and finished fifth in picking for the Heisman Trophy. He was also named SEC Player of the Year that season. Barker compiled a 35-2-1 record as a starter in Alabama. At 5,689 yards, he is eighth on the Crimson Tide all-time pass list.
After his collegiate career, Barker was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round of the 1995 NFL Draft. He spent time with the Packers, New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers from 1995-96 but did not appear in an NFL game. In addition to his brief career in the NFL, he played for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League from 1998 to 2001 before retiring in 2001 with the Birmingham Thunderbolts of the XFL.
Barker currently co-hosts “The Jay Barker Show” for Tuscaloosa radio station Tide 100.9. He is the husband of country artist Sara Evans and the father of Alabama walk-on quarterback Braxton Barker, who signed onto the NCAA’s transfer portal this week.
Here is Barker’s arrest transcript from the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office website:
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