Report: Ex-Seahawks QB Tarvaris Jackson claims he’s broke, requests public defender in assault case
Former Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson claimed he has no money for an attorney and unsuccessfully requested a public defender for his assault case, according to a report from TMZ Sports.
Jackson was arrested last week in Florida and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after a domestic dispute in which he allegedly pulled a gun on a woman reported to be his wife and threatened to kill her. The assault charge is a third-degree felony.
Citing court documents, TMZ reports that Jackson claimed “he has no income, no savings, no banks accounts, stocks, etc” and that “all he owns is a $100,000 car.” According to the report, a judge denied Jackson’s request for a free public defender.
Jackson, 33, has made more than $12 million in salary over his 10 seasons in the NFL, according to the website Spotrac.com. He made $1.5 million from the Seahawks last year while serving as their backup quarterback for the third straight season. His contract expired at season’s end and he was not re-signed, making him a free agent.
According to the TMZ report, the judge also ordered Jackson to not drink while he’s out on bond and to turn in his guns. According to the arrest report, Jackson was drunk at the time of the incident. The woman told police that he has a history of violence while drinking.