The criminal cases involving former NFL safety Darren Sharper contain some of the most disturbing allegations ever made against a current or former pro football player. Testimony generated in connection with one of the criminal cases suggests that other NFL players may have done some of the same things Sharper allegedly did.
Sharper is accused of being a serial rapist, using drugged drinks to incapacitate his victims. Via Adam Grimm of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, an FBI agent has testified at a pre-trial hearing that one of Sharper’s co-defendants, Brandon Licciardi, told federal agents that, at a Las Vegas convention attended by multiple NFL players, one player told Licciardi that drinks had been spiked with drugs.
The FBI agent declined to name any of the involved players Licciardi mentioned.
“It’s possible I could mess it up,” FBI Special Agent Robert Blythe testified. “There are a couple.”
Blythe said that none of the other players are being investigated — yet.
“There could be investigations going forward. There’s not currently,” Bythe testified. “If given time, I intend to look into those allegations.”
Blythe also testified that Licciardi referred to the drugged drinks as “horny juice.”
Another agent, DeWayne Horner, testified that Sharper bet on football and baseball games. Sharper allegedly lost $25,000 to Russians in California — and stiffed them. (If that’s true, Sharper probably is far safer in prison.)
Apart from Sharper’s case raising the very troubling question of whether other players are rapists, it highlights the naivete that the league, fans, and the media display when assuming players aren’t betting on football, playing high-stakes fantasy football, or otherwise doing things that could, directly or indirectly, undermine the integrity of NFL games.
In light of the league’s new personal conduct policy, the situation gives rise to another important question. Will the league affirmatively investigate the vague allegation that other players put drugs in women’s drinks?
UPDATE 3:16 p.m. ET: “We would look into any information of this nature,” the league office told PFT in response to a request for comment.