What was Rogers doing with a loaded gun?

A police report says the gun that Browns’ defensive tackle Shaun Rogers was carrying in his bag through a Cleveland airport last week was cocked with one bullet in the chamber. Apparently, there were seven bullets total in the semiautomatic handgun, which was on safe mode at the time.

Here’s a question: What was Rogers doing walking through airport security with a loaded handgun? Hopefully he’s just a colossal moron and didn’t have intensions of shooting anyone, but you never know. Besides shooting someone or something, why would anyone (police officers not included, of course) carry a loaded weapon on them? For protection? Rogers is 6-4 and 350 pounds – who the hell would mess with him? I know he’s an athlete and other players (Dunta Robinson for example) have had issues with people attempting to rob them, but Rogers should have taken the proper measures to ensure that this wouldn’t have happened. And thank God airport security caught him seeing as how he was trying to get the gun through security and onto the plane.

Rogers doesn’t appear to be the sharpest tool in the shed, but this is dumb even for him. He’s already told the Browns and their fans that he didn’t mean to take the gun through the airport, but who forgets that they have a loaded weapon in their carry-on bag? If he’s that careless, then he shouldn’t have possession of a gun in the first place.

He has pleaded not guilty to a concealed weapons charge, but for the sake of our society, let’s hope that a judge doesn’t buy his, “Whoops, forget that was in there!” excuse.

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Browns’ Shaun Rogers formally charged

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Browns defensive tackle Shaun Rogers has been formally charged with carrying a concealed weapon into Hopkins International Airport.

A Cleveland city prosecutor filed the fourth-degree felony charge alleging that Rogers carried a .45-caliber Kimber semiautomatic with eight rounds in his carry-on luggage at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. A police report said the gun’s hammer was cocked in “safe mode.”

Rogers, 31, told officers that he had forgotten the gun was in his bag and that he carried it for personal safety during travel. Police say Rogers has a license in Michigan to carry a concealed weapon.

Even if he is not convicted, Rogers could face suspension from the league for violating its strict personal-conduct policy for players. He was suspended for four games in 2006 while with Detroit for violating the substance-abuse policy.

As the article notes, this incident could put Rogers’ future with the Browns in jeopardy. This is the last thing that new team president Mike Holmgren wants to deal with while trying to put together his roster and seeing as how he has already traded Brady Quinn and Kamerion Wimbley, he probably wouldn’t hesitate to trade Rogers. (If any team wants him after this incident, that is.)

Chances are that Rogers will wind up wearing brown and orange again next season, but his long-term future in Cleveland is up in the air.

Shaun Rogers arrested for gun possession at airport

WOIO-TV in Cleveland is reporting that Browns’ defensive tackle Shaun Rogers was arrested on Thursday for gun possession at Hopkins airport in Cleveland. The Cleveland Plain Dealer confirms the report.

19 Action News has learn Cleveland Browns Defensive lineman Shaun Rogers has been arrested at Hopkins airport with a gun.

It happened as the NFL’er was about to board a flight around 12:30PM Thursday afternoon. The gun was discovered in a bag. Apparently, Rogers told officers he forgot the gun was in there.

No further details are available at this time.

Sometimes I forget that I have a liquid that’s too big when walking through security and authorities have to confiscate it. But I’m pretty sure that I would remember if I had a freaking weapon in my bag. I’m sure Rogers wasn’t going to use it on the plane, but if he’s careless enough to forget that he’s traveling with a gun, then he shouldn’t own one in the first place.

There was some speculation that the Browns might try to trade Rogers this offseason, but they recently admitted that they were inclined to keep the DT unless they were made an offer that they couldn’t refuse. Whether or not they wanted to trade him, they can’t now after this incident.

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