TMZ reports that Barker pled down to the misdemeanor charge, agreeing to a “best interest plea.” His sentence is 11 months and 29 days of probation, meaning he’ll avoid jail time. He’ll also need to give up any weapons he owns and complete a 26-week batterers intervention program.
Evans hasn’t commented on the case since the arrest, and Barker wiped his Jay Barker Show Instagram page clean. The former college quarterback at the University of Alabama is now a radio host. He works as the mid-day show host at Tide 100.9 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tide 100.9 is owned by Taste of Country’s parent company, Townsquare Media.
The arrest report revealed that the couple had separated, and Evans had filed for divorce five months prior to the incident. In fact, they’d been separated since April 2021, with Barker’s primary residence listed as Homewood, Ala. The couple do not have any kids together, but both brought children into the relationship, a situation Evans has talked about openly and warmly since their marriage in 2008.
There’s been no public confirmation that the divorce has been finalized.