Darren Sharper, Ex-NFL Star, Arrested on Rape Charges

He’s allegedly been linked to two sexual assaults in Los Angeles, law enforcement sources say.

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Darren Sharper

 

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Darren Sharper, the former NFL superstar who was a five-time Pro Bowl selection, was arrested Friday and charged with sexual assault, TMZ reports.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department's website reports that Sharper was taken into custody Friday afternoon and released from jail on a $200,000 bond just before midnight.

Sharper, 38, has been linked to two sexual assaults over the past three months, TMZ reports, including one in October 2013 and another earlier this month. His first court date is scheduled for Feb. 14.

He had been employed as an analyst for NFL Network before the arrest. "Darren has been suspended without pay until further notice, effective immediately," the NFL Network said in a statement to ProFootballTalk.com, the report says. "Regarding the charges, as a matter of policy, we don't comment on pending legal action."

He is also under investigation by the New Orleans Police Department for a separate sexual-assault allegation in Louisiana, according to CBS Sports.

"The NOPD is investigating an allegation of sexual assault filed against Darren Sharper," the police department said in a statement to WDSU.com. "As with every case alleging sexual assault, information gathered is extremely sensitive and the top priority of the detectives is to protect the person who filed the complaint. Because this is an ongoing criminal investigation, we cannot provide additional information at this time."

Sharper spent 14 seasons in the NFL, playing with the Greenbay Packers, the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints, CBS says. He was a second-round pick of the Packers in the 1997 NFL Draft and won a Super Bowl with the Saints in 2009-10.

Read more at TMZ and CBS Sports.

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