Former NFL quarterback Erik Kramer charged with misdemeanor battery


Prosecutors have charged former NFL quarterback Erik Kramer with misdemeanor battery against his wife after a June incident at their Agoura Hills home.

Kramer, an Encino native who played for the Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers from 1987 through 1999, is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

L.A. County sheriff’s deputies arrested Kramer on June 13 and released him about 2 1/2 hours later on $50,000 bond.


Kramer’s wife, Cortney Baird, filed for divorce two days after the arrest, according to court records. She also asked for a temporary restraining order against Kramer.

Kramer survived a self-inflicted gunshot wound in August 2015, part of a series of difficult events for the family that included the death of one son from a drug overdose and the beating of another son at a house party.

“He is a very amazing man, a beautiful soul, but he has suffered depression since he was with the Bears,” his former wife, Marshawn Kramer, told NBC News after the suicide attempt. “I can promise you he is not the same man I married.”

Twitter: @nathanfenno