Coke Gets Ex-NFL QB in Deeper Trouble

By McCarton Ackerman 01/20/12

Gambling, scamming and now drugs leave the former Indianapolis Colt Art Schlichter with guaranteed jail time.

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Former NFL quarterback Art Schlichter was charged yesterday with violating the terms of his house arrest, testing positive twice for cocaine and refusing to provide urine samples on several occasions. He is now guaranteed to serve some prison time for a 1997 probation violation in Indiana on forgery and theft convictions. The house arrest stems from a guilty plea last October to a million-dollar ticket scam. Schlichter accepted money from people for tickets to various college and pro basketball and football games, but authorities say he never had the tickets he promised and used the money to gamble and pay off debts. More than 50 people were duped, losing between $1 million and $2.5 million. The plea agreement called for him to serve about 10 years behind bars, subject to a judge’s approval. Schlichter is now attending court-ordered gambling addiction counseling and AA meetings. He played for the Indianapolis Colts from 1982-1985, but was ultimately released due to his gambling problem.

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