Former Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson said he's broke and can’t afford a lawyer to defend himself against assault charges stemming from an incident last Friday when he allegedly pulled a gun on a woman.
In court documents obtained by TMZ Sports, Jackson requested a public defender, but the judge overseeing the case denied the request. Jackson made $1.5 million as Seattle’s back-up quarterback last season and has reportedly made north of $12 million throughout his nine seasons in the NFL.
Jackson was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and could face prison time if convicted. In the court documents, Jackson claims he has no income, no bank accounts, no savings and no investments. His only real asset is a $100,000 car he owns. Now he may have to sell that car to pay for a defense attorney.
The Vikings drafted Jackson out of Alabama State in the second round of the 2006 NFL draft and he played five seasons in Minnesota. He was the starting quarterback in 2007 and part of 2008. Jackson signed with the Seahawks in 2011 and won a Super Bowl and two NFC championships while backing up Russell Wilson. He is currently a free agent.