Former Lions DT Isaiah Buggs facing another criminal charge in Alabama

Former Lions defensive tackle Isaiah Buggs is in trouble with authorities in Alabama again.
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Late last month, former Detroit Lions and current Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Isaiah Buggs faced two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The situation stemmed from two dogs who were left abandoned at a home Buggs had rented. One of the dogs had to be euthanized.

At the time, Buggs' agent Trey Robinson issued a statement essentially accusing the city of Tuscaloosa and the Tuscaloosa Police Department of having agenda against Buggs related to his business.

"We believe the City of Tuscaloosa's decision to file the charges today is part of a concerted effort by the City of Tuscaloosa and its Police Department to besmirch Mr. Buggs' name and reputation as part of an on-going subversive campaign to force the close of his local business Kings Hookah Lounge", part of the statement read."

Former Lions DT Isaiah Buggs in trouble again

First reported by Ryan Phillips of the Tuscaloosa Patch on Sunday and confirmed elsewhere, Buggs was arrested on a charge of domestic violence-second degree burglary.

Court records show a $5,000 bond for Buggs. It's unclear if he has posted bond and been released from custody.

Update, June 17, 2:20 p.m. ET: According to, Buggs was released early Monday. But his bond on the animal cruelty charges has been revoked in light of the new domestic violence/burglary arrest. A condition of his earlier release was to no commit any new crimes. A county district judge order Buggs to be held without bond, and as of when the report was published he was not back in custody.

Buggs landed with the Lions in 2022. He started 13 games that season, while playing in all 17 and become a key cog in the defensive line.

Then last season started on an odd note, with Buggs being a healthy scratch for the season opener. Head coach Dan Campbell offered a straight-forward reason for the benching afterward, hinting that Buggs was not quite bringing it in practice. He had skipped OTAs too, for unknown reasons, which certainly help turn the once-positive vibe about him the other direction so quickly.

Buggs played in 10 games for the Lions last season. In what may have been purely coincidental timing to make room on the roster, the Lions waived him very late last season (early January). He landed with the Chiefs on their practice squad, and he signed a futures deal with them after the season.