Former NFL quarterback Erik Kramer is due back in a Van Nuys courtroom next month for a pretrial hearing on a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from an alleged assault of his wife at their Agoura Hills home.
The 53-year-old Kramer — whose full name is William Erik Kramer — allegedly assaulted his wife June 13 during an argument. He faces up to a year in jail if convicted, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
He was charged Thursday and pleaded not guilty. He is scheduled to return to court Sept. 5.
Kramer’s wife, Cortney Baird, filed for divorce two days after the arrest and also asked for a temporary restraining order against Kramer.
Kramer survived a suicide attempt in August 2015, when he shot himself in the head at a Calabasas hotel room. He spent six weeks in a coma but came out of it.
Kramer admitted to severe depression, saying it dated back to an injury he suffered while playing with the Chicago Bears in 1994.
“I think it was the fall from grace,” Kramer told the Detroit Free Press in 2016. “Coming in as the starter and the free agent and then getting hurt, feeling better after a few weeks, like I could play, but then not getting an opportunity to. And I think that all played a part in it.”
Kramer said the problem worsened in 2011 when his 18-year-old son died of a heroin overdose. His mother died of cancer in 2012.
Kramer was a backup quarterback at Burroughs High in Burbank, then played at Pierce College and North Carolina State. He played for the Atlanta Falcons during the 1987 NFL players strike and the Canadian Football League‘s Calgary Stampeders in 1988.
Kramer played for the Detroit Lions from 1991 to 1993, helping lead them to their lone appearance in the NFC Championship Game in the 1991 season. He played for the Chicago Bears from 1994-98 and concluded his playing career in 1999 with the San Diego Chargers.
Kramer has been a sports broadcaster since retiring from the NFL.
— City News Service
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