Jay Barker is no stranger to headlines.
Sara Evans’ husband, Jay Barker, was detained Saturday on a serious domestic abuse allegation, according to Tennessee officials.
As per the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, Barker, 49, was taken into custody early Saturday morning. As this was a domestic violence case, he was booked for aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon and released after posting a $10,000 bail and a 12-hour hold. After making bail, he was freed on Saturday night.
Documents filed with Metro Nashville General Sessions Court show that those in the car were walking home from a party around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday. According to the affidavit, the vehicle’s occupants phoned the cops after Barker sped away from the residence. Barker was apprehended by police when he drove past his house. Police were informed by passengers in the car and unknown witnesses that Barker “deliberately” sought to harm them.
The Associated Press called the case’s investigators, but no one answered right away. In the absence of an attorney, the AP couldn’t confirm if Barker had one on hand to speak on his behalf.
It was in 2008 when Barker, a sports radio talk show presenter from Birmingham, Alabama, tied the knot with Evans. At the 1992 national championship game, he guided Alabama to victory. A Heisman Trophy finalist in 1994, he received the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and was ranked sixth among the nation’s finest upperclassmen at the spot.
As a senior, he received the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award for becoming the school’s all-time winningest quarterback with a 35-2-1 record. The Green Bay Packers drafted Barker in the fifth round of the 1995 NFL draught, but he was later released. After stints with the Patriots and Panthers as a backup, he was released in the offseason and never returned.
Barker has a 35-2-1 career average as a starter for Alabama.
Barker was signed by the Toronto Argonauts in 1998 and played in the Canadian Football League. Barker departed the Argonauts following three seasons to play in the XFL with the Birmingham Thunderbolts.
Second-string quarterback, Barker was a fan-favorite among the Bolts’ (usually modest) spectators and appeared in numerous games during the middle of the season before sustaining a career-ending injury late. In contrast to his collegiate performance, he presided over a seven-game losing run in the XFL.
The flagship station for Barker’s radio program is 100.9 FM in Tuscaloosa. He formerly had a morning sports talk broadcast on WJOX in Birmingham with Al Del Greco & Tony Kurre. Braxton Barker, Barker’s son, has spent the last four seasons as a walk-on backup quarterback at Alabama. He has lately said that he intends to move to a different university.