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November 21, 2005

Seeking a refund from Mr. Rogers: The Detroit Lions are going after $10M of the signing bonus of wide receiver Charles Rogers after he served a four-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy. Rogers seems to be admitting he'll (heh heh) take a hit: "It's going to be kind of hard to get 10," Rogers said.

posted by wfrazerjr to football at 02:36 PM - 12 comments

Rogers told the Free Press: "Because this is football, man. This is the game you love, man. We was playing this game for free when we was born. It ain't all about the bread, you know?" I'd demand the money right there on the grounds that he obviously didn't go to college like he was supposed to have.

posted by timdawg at 02:50 PM on November 21

I did not realize that when I started playing football in seventh grade that I was already 12 years behind a lot of kids.

posted by Turbo at 02:55 PM on November 21

I dunno, man. I obviously don't have the contract in front of me, but I always thought that a signing bonus was a one-time bonus that was given to the player for, you know, signing, and not tied to contractual obligations like playing.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:20 PM on November 21

Dang, I think Rogers must of been high when he was speaking, again where was he in college, thats scary man, plus he does everything in we, WEED maybe LOL

posted by countrygirllostinLA at 03:40 PM on November 21

Dang, I think Rogers must of been high when he was speaking, again where was he in college, thats scary man, plus he does everything in we, WEED maybe LOL Pot, meet kettle.

posted by dusted at 03:52 PM on November 21

$10M for smoking pot (I assume, although it doesnt specify the substance)? Sounds fair. Detroir Lions, classless as always.

posted by fakeymcalias at 04:53 PM on November 21

Detroir Lions, classless as always. Now, I respect your right to toke up as much as the next guy, but Charles Rogers signed a standard player contract, which includes provisions regarding exactly what you can and cannot put in your body while you are under contract to a franchise in the National Football League. Then he went against his word and did something he said he wouldn't do. When I joined the Navy, I signed a paper that stated I wouldn't use illegal drugs, and I didn't use them for the six years I was in (and I didn't make nearly the coin Mr. Rogers is pulling down); Charles Rogers didn't live up to what he said he would do. In effect, he lied. And yet, the franchise is classless? Maybe so, but not in this case.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 05:15 PM on November 21

Exactly, a contract is a contract. A good monies for it also.

posted by countrygirllostinLA at 05:43 PM on November 21

Rogers takes that financial "hit", he'll probably separate his shoulder.

posted by dyams at 05:54 PM on November 21

Too late for worker comp. LOL

posted by countrygirllostinLA at 05:58 PM on November 21

Detroit should have to pay up. That's what they get for negotiating a 10 million dollar signing bonus to an unproven receiver.

posted by flicknut at 10:39 PM on November 21

It wasn't marijuana. There is not an immediate four-game suspension for marijuana. The drug Rogers tested positive for had to be some sort of performance-enhancing drug.

posted by bperk at 07:34 AM on November 22

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