More than seven years ago, Brett Rogers knocked out Andrei Arlovski in just 22 seconds, and turned that into a CBS-televised Strikeforce main event against Fedor Emelianenko. Today, he’s apparently homeless, and is now charged with multiple counts of sexual misconduct. Minnesota’s St. Paul Pioneer Press has the details:
Rogers, who is reportedly homeless, was in the basement of the George Latimer Central Library in downtown St. Paul in mid-November when he groped a library employee while riding beside him in an elevator, according to one of the complaints.
The man reportedly slapped Rogers’ hand away and asked him what he was doing. Rogers didn’t say anything and exited the elevator as soon as the door opened, according to court documents.
Then, on Jan. 4, he asked a man who was standing next to him at a urinal inside a bathroom in a St. Paul skyway if he wanted to engage in sexual activity inside one of the stalls, according to the complaint. When the man said no, Rogers grabbed his buttocks, the complaint said. The man quickly left and later reported the incident to police.
The third incident took place in the Ramsey County Jail after Rogers was booked on the earlier alleged offenses.
Rogers’ cellmate was sleeping when he woke to find Rogers fondling him, court documents say. He opted not to call guards out of fear that Rogers, who he described to police as “the biggest and strongest dude in the jail,” might hurt him before help arrived. He reported the incident as soon as he was released from his cell, the criminal complaint said.
When questioned about it, Rogers said his cellmate was lying.
Rogers’ Strikeforce contract was terminated in 2011 following the gruesome assault of his wife, which left her with a broken jaw and one of her teeth dislodged. He later pleaded guilty to felony third-degree assault, and was sentenced to 60 days in jail and three years probation.
The 35-year-old’s run as a relevant MMA heavyweight effectively ended with his Strikeforce release, which also came on the back of consecutive losses to Fedor and Alistair Overeem. Apart from a two-fight stint in Bellator, he never fought for any major North American promotion, and had multiple bouts in Russia and Japan, as well as one-offs in Ecuador and the United Arab Emirates. Rogers’ last fight was in December 2015, when he TKO’d Andrew Hines Jr. in South Carolina.
As the article also notes, Rogers has also been convicted of violating a no-contact order, as well as felony-level domestic assault, both of which occurred in 2015, per Minnesota’s public court records.