The wife of former NFL quarterback Erik Kramer told police she’s fearing for her life after a domestic assault at their California home last week, leaving her “terrified” of what could come next.
Kramer — a journeyman who played for the Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers from 1987 through 1999 – was released from jail on June 13 after being arrested on suspicion of felony corporal injury to a spouse at his home in Agoura Hills. He was later released on $50,000 bond, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Kramer, 53, was “cooperative” during the arrest, authorities told the newspaper. But his wife, Cortney Baird, detailed a frightening scene in an emergency 100-yard restraining order she obtained after the arrest — one that she’s now looking to extend, according to TMZ Sports.
“I am terrified that he is out looking for me at this very moment and will kill me and my daughter,” Baird wrote in the petition, which detailed the alleged physical and verbal altercation that followed a verbal dispute a night earlier.
Baird said Kramer snapped when she approached him in the morning to discuss what happened, prompting Kramer to push her around the home and throw household items at her, including ice packs and a knife block.
Kramer then allegedly grabbed a variety of items and threw them to the ground, smashing them, including glasses, candle holders and picture frames, according to Baird.
The incident follows Kramer’s 2015 failed suicide attempt, an incident that Baird references in her petition, saying it proves the former NFL signal-caller is no stranger to handling guns. Her restraining order request was granted, meaning Kramer must stay 100 yards away from her at all times and must move out of the family’s home.
Baird filed for divorce two days after the alleged assault, TMZ Sports reported.
In 2015, Kramer survived a self-inflicted gunshot wound after buying a SIG Sauer 9mm weeks earlier. The bullet traveled through his chin, tongue, sinus cavities and exited from the top of his head. He spent nine months in recovery and had a cranioplasty to fix a chunk of his skull. He also received brain rehab at two clinics after being released from the hospital.
Kramer told the Detroit Free Press in 2016 that he doesn’t believe his depression is linked to football, saying he was not diagnosed with concussions during his career. At the time, Kramer said he believed he had been clinically depressed since his early playing days and treated himself with antidepressants sporadically after retiring after a forgettable 1999 season in San Diego.
“I’ve thought about that often, but nothing really stands out as connecting football to the sort of feeling I’ve had with depression,” Kramer said. “It very well may be linked. It doesn’t feel like it to me.”