TwinCities A former mixed martial arts heavyweight fighter from St. Paul is accused of sexual misconduct stemming from allegations from three different men. Brett Charles Rogers, known as Brett “Da Grimm” Rogers in the fighting world, was charged this month with two counts of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of interfering with someone’s privacy, according to two criminal complaints filed against him in Ramsey County District Court. Rogers, who is reportedly homeless, was in the basement of the George Latimer Central Library in downtown St. Paul in mid-November when he groped a library employee while riding beside him in an elevator, according to one of the complaints. The man reportedly slapped Rogers’ hand away and asked him what he was doing. Rogers didn’t say anything and exited the elevator as soon as the door opened, according to court documents. Then, on Jan. 4, he asked a man who was standing next to him at a urinal inside a bathroom in a St. Paul skyway if he wanted to engage in sexual activity inside one of the stalls, according to the complaint. When the man said no, Rogers grabbed his buttocks, the complaint said. The man quickly left and later reported the incident to police. Surveillance video taken in the skyway reportedly shows Rogers and the man entering and exiting the bathroom. The third incident took place in the Ramsey County Jail after Rogers was booked on the earlier alleged offenses.
The first thing you think of when reading this story is the sad reality of what happened to Brett Rogers, who was once a rising star in the world of mixed martial arts, and who defeated Andrei Arlovski by TKO in Strikeforce. Brett Rogers also did battle with Alistair Overeem, Josh Barnett and even arguably the greatest heavyweight in MMA history Fedor in Strikeforce all in losing efforts. In fact, Rogers was a perfect 10-0 with wins over Arlovski and James Thompson when he lost to Fedor, and Rodgers was never the same finishing his career with a 17-10-1 record. Now, sadly, Brett Rogers is homeless in Minnesota and has been arrested for repeatedly groping men in a library. It’s surprising to see Rogers is homeless, as its estimated he earned over $2 million in his career, which apparently dried up quickly since his release from Bellator in 2013. Brett Rogers was listed at 6’5 and 265lbs during his fighting days, so of a man is going to sexually assault you in a library elevator, you definitely don’t want it to be massive former MMA heavyweight Brett Rogers.