Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Reggie Rucker has filed for bankruptcy according to Cleveland.com.
“Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Reggie Rucker and his wife filed for bankruptcy, claiming they owe hundreds of thousands of dollars to the IRS, creditors and the attorney who represented Rucker when he was prosecuted for embezzling from his anti-violence nonprofits.
Rucker and his wife Darlene filed the Chapter 7 petition Nov. 26 in bankruptcy court in Cleveland. They claim they owe more than $860,000 to various entities.
Rucker and his wife, who live in Warrensville Heights, have a combined monthly income of more than $6,300. All but $10 of that money goes toward their expenses, according to the petition. It says they have $350 in the bank, as well as $338,000 in a 401(k) account.”
Rucker was charged in federal court in February of 2016 for using charitable donations to pay off his gambling debt and personal expenses. Rucker was also indicted on lying to the FBI for the usage of the funds. He had served as an executive director for the Amer-I-Can organization in Shaker Heights as well as the president for the Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance according to ABC 5. Both organizations promoted anti-violence in the Cleveland area.
Assault and menacing charges were dropped against Rucker in October of 2016 according to Evan McDonald of Cleveland.com. A Bedford Municipal Court judge dismissed the misdemeanor charges after an altercation at the Highland Park Golf Course on April 30.
Rucker allegedly grabbed the throat of a man and threatened to shoot him. The Warrensville Heights native reported to prison on Oct. 28, 2016 to serve a 21-month sentence for embezzling charges. Based on that timeline, he has been released.
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Rucker played with the Browns from 1975-1981 after playing with the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and New England Patriots. The Boston University product finished his career in Cleveland with 310 receptions for 4,953 yards and 32 touchdowns. He was a glorified member of the ‘Kardiac Kids.’
After retirement, Rucker served as a color analyst for the Cleveland Indians from 1982-1984. He was also a part of NBC’s NFL coverage from 1983-1988. He has worked in a variety of other roles in Ohio media as well.