NFL Star Faces Life in Prison, Accused of Raping 8 Women
Former NFL star Darren Sharper has already been charged with drugging and raping two women in Los Angeles and has now turned himself in to New Orleans police after a warrant, alleging he raped another two women in Louisiana, was issued for his arrest. In total, Sharper has now been accused of drugging and raping eight women.
According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, court documents allege a “disturbing pattern of incidents,” and the former Pro Bowler is being investigated for other rapes in New Orleans, Las Vegas, and Tempe, Arizona.
According to victim statements, Sharper would meet women, usually in a club, and take them to his hotel room. He would then slip them a drink, they would black out, and then wake up without remembering anything.
According to Sharper’s lawyer, “It was all consensual contact with women who wanted to be in his company.” He added that “We look forward to the true facts being revealed in this case and we are hopeful that Mr. Sharper will be fully exonerated before this case is concluded.”
New Orleans police have also issued a warrant for Eric Nunez, a friend of Sharper’s who is accused of raping the two women in the same location.
Sharper was taken into custody by Los Angeles police last week and released on bail. He faces two counts of rape and five drug charges in Los Angeles. According to CNN, Sharper faces life in prison.
Sharper was a second-round pick in 1997 and played for the Green Bay Packers from 1997 to 2004, being voted to the Pro Bowl twice. He then played three seasons for the Minnesota Vikings, making another two Pro Bowls. He finished his career playing for the New Orleans Saints where he helped the team to a Superbowl win in 2009. Since retiring, he has worked as an analyst for the NFL Network and has since been suspended indefinitely since these allegations came to light.