Jay Barker: Former Alabama QB tries to hit wife Sara Evans with car, gets arrested

Jay Barker married Sara Evans in 2008 but they are now living separately

                            Jay Barker: Former Alabama QB tries to hit wife Sara Evans with car, gets arrested
Sara Evans and Jay Barker attend SiriusXM presents the Eagles in their first ever concert (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE: Former Alabama quarterback and radio host Jay Barker was taken into custody in Nashville on Saturday, January 15, after he allegedly tried to harm his wife, country music singer Sara Evans, with his car. After being detained, he was shifted to the Davidson County Jail and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The arrest report filed against him named him Harry Jerome Barker. It has been said that he was held behind bars for 12 hours since it was a case of domestic violence and his bail amount was set at $10,000. However, later in the evening, he was released after the amount was paid.


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WIAT, mentioning an affidavit of Barker’s arrest, stated that “police arrived at a home on Norwood Drive in Nashville at 1.30 am on Saturday, January 15, where Evans claimed she was leaving a party at her neighbor’s house where she got in the passenger seat of a friend’s car to ride across the street. As they were passing the driveway, Evans alleged to have seen Barker ‘backing up his vehicle at a high rate of speed attempting to hit them but missed’.”

Jay Barker was arrested on January 15 (Metropolitan Nashville Police Department)

The affidavit also noted that before the victim informed police, the suspect had fled. However, he later came back to speak with the cops. After Evans and the other witnesses accused him of the attempted accident, he was arrested. The official document added that Barker married Evans in 2008 in Franklin, Tennessee but they are now living separately.

Jay Barker and singer Sara Evans attends the "Country Strong" Premiere at Regal Green Hills on November 8, 2010, in Nashville, Tennessee (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)

According to reports, Barker is a native of Trussville, Alabama, and used to play under Gene Stallings at the University of Alabama. In 1992, he reportedly played a vital role in leading Crimson Tide to a national championship. Besides, he is also the winner of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award in 1994.

A year later in 1995, he became a member of the New England Patriots and in 1996 joined the Carolina Panthers. Barker then played in the Canadian Football League for the Toronto Argonauts from 1998 to 2001. In 2001 only, he also played for the Birmingham Thunderbolts in the XFL. Currently, he co-hosts ‘The Jay Barker Show’, which has been airing on 100.9 FM for four years.

Jay Barker during a Crimson Tide match (Rick Stewart/ALLSPORT/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, a lot of people have reacted to the reported domestic violence case as a user tweeted, “TRYING TO CONFIRM IF JAY BARKER WORE A BALL CAP IN HIS MUGSHOT.” Another user commented, “We’re fine. And Jay Barker (allegedly) tried to hit Sara Evans with his car. Holy crap!!!! His career is over. Didn’t know they were separated.” The third one wrote, “BAMA FOOTBALL LOOSES NATTY, BASKETBALL LOOSES TO AUBURN AND MSU, AND JAY BARKER IS ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.”




“Maybe he and Ruggs can share a cell? Alabama alumni,” a tweet read and another tweet stated: "Jay Barker is a very loving, kind family man and this is a complete shock to everyone who knows him personally just pray for their family .. nobody’s knows what happened or what they’re going through also pray for Mrs. Sara and the kids."



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