Late last month, former Strikeforce heavyweight Brett Rogers was charged with assault in the third degree, domestic assault by strangulation, pattern of stalking conduct and endangerment of a child after police were called to his residence in Apple Valley, Minnesota. When the cops arrived, they discovered Rogers’ wife was severely beaten and they immediately took the 265-pounder into custody.
UFC president Dana White subsequently fired him.
For the first time since the controversy hit, Rogers’ legal team released a message expressing their client’s innocence. Here is the official statement from Mohammad & Jaafar-Mohammad, LLC:
“As in all criminal matters, Mr. Rogers is presumed innocent until and if he is proven guilty. Mr. Rogers asserts his innocence in this matter and is confident that the facts of what happened will vindicate his assertion of innocence.
“Mr. Rogers has never been charged with any domestic related incidents or assault offenses. He is a caring and loving husband and father that has recently found success as a heavyweight mixed martial arts fighter. We urge all media and interested individuals to withhold judgment as to what occurred during this incident.”
Last month, a neighbor called the Apple Valley, Minnesota Police Department complaining of loud screams and breaking glass. According to the official police report, an onlooker saw Rogers punching his wife in the face while she was on the ground. Another neighbor stated Rogers’ wife had blood flowing from her face and mouth.
“The Grim” admitted to police he argued with his wife and ended up striking her, but only after she hit him first.
After exploding onto the MMA scene with a perfect 10-0 record, Rogers went on to lose three of his next four fights. He was last seen getting submitted by Josh Barnett in the quarterfinals of Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix in June.