BREAKING: Sara Evans’ Husband, Jay Barker, Arrested After Allegedly Trying To Run Evans Over

Sara Evans’ husband, Jay Barker, was arrested and charged with felony assault on Saturday morning (Jan. 15), according to the…


Lauren Jo Black

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January 15, 2022


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Sara Evans and Jay Barker; Photo via Instagram

Sara Evans’ husband, Jay Barker, was arrested and charged with felony assault on Saturday morning (Jan. 15), according to the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office.

The 49-year-old sports radio personality, who hosts Tide 100.9’s The Jay Barker Show, was arrested in Nashville, Tennessee and charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

According to an affidavit obtained by CBS42, Evans was heading home from a gathering at her neighbor’s house in the passenger side of a friend’s car to ride across the street to her house. The report states that when they were passing the driveway, Barker was “reversing his vehicle at a high rate of speed attempting to hit them, but missed.” 

Sara Evans and Jay Barker; Photo via Instagram
Sara Evans and Jay Barker; Photo via Instagram

Evans reportedly contacted police after the incident when Barker allegedly drove away. Police say Barker later returned to speak with them prior to issuing a warrant for his arrest.

Evans and the unnamed witness claim that Barker was intentionally trying to hit them.

According to public records, Barker, the former Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback, whose real name is Harry Jerome Barker, was booked into the Davidson County Jail at 4:52 a.m. on Saturday morning and was placed on a 12-hour hold for domestic violence.

Barker was released from the jail just before 7:30 p.m. after posting a $10,000 bond.


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No additional details about his arrest have been revealed, however, Barker is scheduled to appear in court on March 22 to settle the case. This story is still developing.

Throughout Barker’s career in the NFL, he has played for the New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers, and the Green Bay Packers. In addition, he also played for the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League. 

Evans and Barker were initially introduced by a mutual friend. They were both going through divorces and bonded over their similar life situations. The pair tied the knot on a farm just outside of Nashville on June 14, 2008. 

Sara Evans and Jay Barker; Photo via Instagram
Sara Evans and Jay Barker; Photo via Instagram

While Evans and Barker share no children together, they lived with their combined seven children, however, according to a report from ABC33/40, the affidavit also states that the couple is married but have been separated and were currently living separately.

The “Suds In The Bucket” singer has three children from her previous marriage, and the former football player has four children from his marriage to Amy DiGiovanna (1995 – 2007). 

Evans was previously married to Craig Schelske, and went through a very public breakup and divorce beginning in the fall of 2006 when she was a competitor on Dancing With The Stars. At the time, she withdrew herself from the competition to focus on her family.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.