DELRAY BEACH — Barret Robbins stands 6' 3" tall and weighs more than 300 pounds. You'd never know it from looking at the guy, but rewind about 19 years and he was leading the Oakland Raiders offensive line, driving the team all the way the Super Bowl.
But at his arrest this past November, Robbins wasn't wearing a jersey. Initially, he wasn't wearing anything at all.
Other than red fingernail polish.
In the 2002 NFL season with Bill Callahan in his first year as head coach, Robbins started all sixteen regular season games and was elected to the Pro Bowl. The Raiders would go on to defeat the New York Jets, and then the Tennessee Titans in the AFC championship game.
Then, the day before the Super Bowl, Robbins disappeared. And it's not clear how much control he had over that outcome. Robbins resurfaced the next day incoherent and unfit to take the field. He had lost his wallet and ID, and his then-wife would later reveal that Robbins spent most of the day before the Super Bowl partying in Tijuana. Because he thought the Raiders had already won the Super Bowl. Of course, they hadn't. And the Raiders would go on to lose the big game to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 48-21.
Although Robbins was nominally back in 2003, he never fully returned to his NFL career. Robbins got caught up in the BALCO steroid scandal (along with Marion Jones, Dwain Chambers and others). Robbins was released from his contract in the summer of 2004.
A few months later, on Christmas Eve, Robbins was arrested for punching a security guard in San Francisco, and less than a month after that incident, Robbins was shot three times in the lung and heart by police during a brawl in Miami Beach. He was in a coma for more than a month, and after he woke up and recovered the former-footballer pleaded guilty to five charges, among which was attempted murder. He was sentenced to five years probation, ordered to receive mental health treatment, and was required to abstain from drinking.
Since then, Robbins' life has been defined by jail, rehab, mental hospitals, and the streets. In early 2010, a police officer pulled Robbins over near Dallas and found crack cocaine in his car. On March 25, 2011, a Florida court sentenced Robbins to five years for violating his probation. He was released significantly early, on September 25, 2012.
In August 2016, Robbins allegedly punched a mother and her daughter in Florida, He was arrested and charged with two counts of felony battery. Robbins was sent to a mental hospital, which he references toward the end of this video.
In that same conversation — between Robbins and a police officer —Robbins tells the officer that he has spent his last two years homeless and smoking crack on the streets of Pompano Beach.
Quite the fall.
As for this incident, on November 14, 2020 Robbins and the police had an unwanted meeting.
On that day, at approximately 1:30 pm, police responded to Sandes Restaurant at 1717 N Federal Highway in reference to a disturbance. The caller reported that a heavyset white male with red painted fingernails had thrown a rock at a server after having skipped out on his bill.
The manager of Sandes, Bailey Stormer called the police and stated that she had maintained visual contact with the red-fingernailed white male and that she had followed him to a Budget Inn location on the same street. Stormer reported that the male had ordered a taco salad meal that cost $10.00, and that an unknown customer had given the male money to cover his meal. Despite that, the male just got up and left the restaurant, paying by tossing a fist-sized rock at his server.
Robbins was ultimately arrested and charged with one count of Defrauding an Innkeeper, less than $300. Robbins refused to come to court for first appearance, and was arraigned on video. On December 14, 2020, adjudication was withheld on the lone charge and Robbins was sentenced to 31 days in jail, with credit for 31 days served. He was ordered to pay restitution to Sandes Restaurant in the amount of $10.00... along with $373 in fines and fees.
Two weeks prior to the Sandes Restaurant incident, Robbins had a separate encounter with Delay Beach law enforcement. That time around, it took six people to hold him down and he had to be sedated.
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