Posted January 19, 2014

Former NFL safety Darren Sharper arrested on suspicion of rape, faces multiple investigations

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Darren Sharper was taken into custody on Friday. (Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Darren Sharper was taken into custody on Friday. (Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Former NFL safety and current NFL Network analyst Darren Sharper was taken into custody in Los Angeles on Friday evening. Sharper was arrested on sexual assault charges, as first reported by TMZ and confirmed by Pro Football Talk. The L.A. County Sherriff’s Department website lists Sharper as having been arrested at 3:00 p.m. PST and booked two hours later. Bail had been set and was posted at $200,000. Sharper is due in Los Angeles Municipal Court on Feb. 14.

On Saturday morning, the NFL Network announced that it had suspended Sharper without pay indefinitely, and with no further comment.

According to TMZ, Sharper has been linked to two sexual assaults — one in Oct., 2013, and the other in Jan., 2014. No additional information on these alleged incidents has been released.

In addition, per the website for New Orleans television station WWL-TV, the New Orleans Police Department is investigating a Sept. 24, 2013 sexual assault complaint against Sharper. The incident allegedly occurred in the city’s Warehouse District.

“New Orleans police received a complaint from an alleged victim,” said District Attorney spokesman Chris Bowman. “The police referred the case to our office for consultation. The matter is currently under investigation and we will make no further comment on any matter under investigation.”

Sharper played for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, and New Orleans Saints from 1997 through 2010. He led the NFL in interceptions (nine), interception return yards (376), and return touchdowns (three) during the 2009 season, which culminated in a Saints Super Bowl XLIV win over the Indianapolis Colts.

111 comments
x72
x72

Rumor is the victims name is Richard Sherman.

WilliamStryker
WilliamStryker

What a handsome man.  Why would he need to rape women?  I bet women throw themselves at him all the time.

MrArlington
MrArlington

Clearly this is from the numerous head hits he had suffered from and the NFL should pay

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

The Dave Chappel love contract makes a lot of sense after all 


Thomas15
Thomas15

Not saying he's guilty. But never liked this guy. Always comes across as an arrogant bigmouth. And 5 separate incidents in different towns  isn't a good thing for his Defense Attorney. 

6marK6
6marK6

He is being investigated in five separate incidents. Uhh, there is a whole lot of smoke here.

JosephBagadoughnutz
JosephBagadoughnutz

Be still Taggart. My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.

donnied_oyyy
donnied_oyyy

tyson did it,hes still a celebrity.nothing can stop the drama when your a rich man,people are out to get you.you must be really careful what you do when your rich,the devil waits....

HorizontalGophers
HorizontalGophers

Let me guess - his defense will be he suffered a concussion during Bounty-Gate. 

WR2

Marchoir
Marchoir

Unless Sharper can answer "Yes" to both of the following questions, he is in a world of doo doo. (1) Did the rape occur in Tallahassee, FL? (2) Are you a star football player for Florida State?

btcvsolo
btcvsolo

A "Saint", huh?


Maybe not....

Willmac7496
Willmac7496

I hope its not true.  But, as always, don't jump to conclusions... let the case play itself out

Heath_Bell_Experience
Heath_Bell_Experience

sharper one these cats that has his hairline and beard all trimmed up real sharp. i'm always suprised looking at the local mugshots how many of these fools have fresh cuts

JSK43
JSK43

He is guilty, just like J Winston of Florida State. Pro and college athletes think they can get away with anything and we as a general public allow them too. They should both be fried.

Odin's Goat
Odin's Goat

Hands up if you're already passing judgement without the benefit of details...


JamesMartin
JamesMartin

Guilty until proven Innocent.
Years of Charity work and building a good name
2 accusations to tear it all down.

renee
renee

Guilty as charged! Next case.

BillRobinson
BillRobinson

I think it is reasonable to state that rape is an emotional and complex charge. Clearly, there is something different about a forceful assault in a dark alley or parking lot and what takes place on a date between two people who know each other, particularly when alcohol is involved in a society where "hookups" are common.

There are a variety of charges for murder and homocide. It seems reasonable that there should be a variety of more nuanced charges for rape. I'm not suggesting that a man shouldn't be held accountable for not responding properly when a woman says "no" or "stop," but I think there is a real difference between these situations.

This is a general statement to many comments below. It has nothing to do with the reported Sharper incident. I don't know how nuanced current laws are, but I have a problem with a statement that "rape is rape." And I love my mother, wife, and daughter - all of whom are beautiful, loving and compassionate, and highly accomplished women.

I think women would be better protected if our legal system would make these distinctions if it doesn't currently. It might also improve the quality and civility of commentary.

Starstruck
Starstruck

Sharper has always struck me as an egotistical know-it-all on the NFL Network. Even as a new analyst on that program, he usually disagrees with everyone else. It doesn't surprise me that he let his power tripping extend to women. What an embarrassment for the NFL and the NFL Network. 

vinceseg
vinceseg

Big shock here,just like the Mark Chmura.  Unfortunately for him he didn't rape her in cheesehead country where they would just bury it...

ShawnKey
ShawnKey

In a fair world, the names of the alleged victim AND the accused would be kept secret until a verdict was reached. Even if he is cleared, his name is tarnished forever. Doesn't sound good for him though....three instances in at least two states. ???

cb111
cb111

Proverbs 5:3-23

King James Version (KJV)

3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:

4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.

5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.

6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.

Don't trust women you do not know in sexual situations!

KhalilahSadeLicorish
KhalilahSadeLicorish

@WilliamStryker rape/sexual assault is not usually about getting laid. its an act of aggression and its more often about power and dominance then just pure sexual satisfaction.  also being attractive doesn't make someone less likely to commit crimes.

John02169
John02169

@Marchoir Did you know that FSU has an Honors Program for their football players?  They teach them things to say such as  "Yes your Honor." and "Not guilty your Honor."

DODGERFAIL2013
DODGERFAIL2013

@Heath_Bell_Experience just another typical dummy that focuses on all the wrong things

el80ne
el80ne

@JSK43 Sounds like you would too if you were in his shoes.

DugoutBoyz
DugoutBoyz

@Odin's GoatHands up if you can spell "judgment".


One event...two events...but THREE times accused?

ajnaguy
ajnaguy

@BillRobinson When I was younger, I went on plenty of dates with women I knew, with alcohol involved.  And I definitely had expectations about how some of those dates would end up.  Yet, strangely enough, I was able to properly process the word "No" through the haze of alcohol and youthful hormones, as do 99% of men.  It's about realizing that your expectations or readings of situations aren't always correct, and having the SELF-respect necessary to not want to force someone to do something they don't want to.


So I'm sorry, but there really isn't a grey area - it isn't that "rape is rape," it's that "no means no," whether in that dark alley or in a marital bed of 20-plus years.  What happens after "no" is what makes it rape, no matter what "culture" one comes from.  Saying, "It's not RAPE-rape..." because of the relationship of the participants and/or the involvement of alcohol or drugs is an attempt to negate the simple right/freedom of a person (male or female) to choose to have sex or not.


Odin's Goat
Odin's Goat

@BillRobinson Yours is a thoughtful response to a complex issue.  I don't think there is much nuance in our criminal justice system, especially when judges and DA's get elected based on their rate of incarceration.  For that matter, I doubt I would have much confidence in judicial nuance except when used by those with true wisdom- and how often do we see that?   Perhaps a specialized grand jury with experience in such cases could convene and sort things out before it goes before a judge?  I have a daughter and don't know if I could stay in control if anything like that ever happened to her.

Odin's Goat
Odin's Goat

@vinceseg He was tried and found not guilty.  Are you insinuating that Wisconsin's system of justice is so different from the rest of the USA?

Go_paul
Go_paul

@cb111 yes!  excellent interpretation!

I also like Leviticus 32:33's section on the passage of light

renee
renee

cb111, you're really Timmy Tebow, right?

pipdmx33
pipdmx33

@cb111And don't take your advise from a made up story supposedly written 2000 years ago.

brian.haslip
brian.haslip

@cb111 But trust a book written 1700 years ago by a bunch of guys you don't know.

Makes sense.

BillRobinson
BillRobinson

@ajnaguy

Sorry, but I'm not as comfortable as you are in asserting there are no grey areas, particularly when alcohol is involved. There's also the "he said, she said" factor. Why would the woman's account always prevail over the man's? And why isn't a person's history relevant? Why, as in the Winston case, isn't the presence of two men's DNA a possible issue? Please remember that I'm a son, a husband, and a father - and also the father of a son.

There is a difference in the cases I presented, and I repeat that acknowledging these differences offers greater protection for women and greater accountability for the men. I'd prefer to be a bit more careful in making distinctions between felonies (of various degrees) and misdemeanors and designations of sex offenders.

When it comes to relations among people, grey areas are not at all uncommon.

Thomas15
Thomas15

@ajnaguy @BillRobinson Big difference between dark alley and marital bed of 20 years. BIG DIFFERENCE. Guys who grab women off the street and rape them should get the death penalty IMO. But a husband living with his wife is something entirely different. Married women should say "no" by moving out and filing for divorce. 

donald5
donald5

@Odin's Goat@vincesegAre you saying the only guilty people out there are the ones that were tried and found guilty?  You think Casey Anthony didn't kill her kid?  She was tried and found not guilty.  Maybe she isn't "guilty" in the eyes of the law but I can still say I think she is guilt as #&%$

RyanLawrence
RyanLawrence

@pipdmx33 Actually the book of Proverbs is not a story. It is a collection of pieces of advice from multiple sources. Considering this was taught by a lawyer at the 2002 Baltimore Ravens training camp (as evidenced on HBO's Hard Knocks series) it actually seems to be very good advice.

BillRobinson
BillRobinson

@thomas15

Marital rape is an issue not so lightly dismissed. Ideally, differences between a man and wife regarding sex would be worked out well before the question of force became a reality, starting with counseling and possibly separation and divorce. But reality shows that marital rape is a very real problem, and culture and religion often are real factors.

There are all kinds of horrific chapters in this story. Personally, I can't imagine wanting to have sex with a woman where force (mental or physical) is a factor. Couldn't do it; wouldn't work. The idea is repulsive. Similarly, the idea of seduction or "trying to score" is a big zero on my passion meter. Cuddling and caressing are cool; intercourse is not a requirement.