Former NFL QB, accused of trying to hit wife Sara Evans with a car, accepts lesser charge


NASHVILLE, TN (WKRN) – Former NFL and Alabama quarterback Jay Barker pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless endangerment after his January arrest on domestic violence charges.

The incident happened on January 15 near his home in Nashville. Harry Jerome Barker, better known as Jay Barker, tried to hit his wifeCountry music singer Sara Evans, with her car.

A warrant for his arrest says officers were called to a domestic disturbance around 1:30 a.m. that day. When officers arrived on the scene, the victim told them she was at a party at her neighbor’s house across the street, and when the party was over, she climbed into the passenger seat of a car and asked someone to drive her across the street.

As the car she was in crossed the threshold of her driveway, she reportedly saw Barker put his car in reverse and sped towards them, trying to run into them. Barker missed and the victim said Barker left before calling the police, according to the affidavit.

Barker was taken into custody for 12 hours for domestic violence and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

According to Steve Hayslip of the district attorney general’s office, Barker pleaded in the best interests – meaning he does not admit guilt, but agrees that a guilty plea is in his best interests – on Thursday with a diversion to a charge of reckless endangerment. The terms of the plea call for a 26-week abuser intervention program and the disposal of any firearms he may have.

During his NFL career, Barker played for the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers. He went on to play for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League and the short-lived Birmingham Thunderbolts of the XFL’s first wave.

He is best known for his time in college as a quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Barker and Evans are still married but separated. The district attorney’s office said the couple are in the process of finalizing their divorce.

Nexstar’s WKRN has reached out to Barker for comment.

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