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Darren Sharper arrested for suspicion of rape

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Four years ago, Darren Sharper was approaching the highest of the highs, chasing his first Super Bowl victory.  He’s now dealing with the lowest of the lows.

TMZ has reported, and PFT has confirmed, that Sharper faces criminal charges in California for suspicion of rape.

Per TMZ, Sharper is accused of two sexual assaults, one in October 2013 and another in January 2014.  He was released on $200,000 bail.

Sharper has been working as an analyst for NFL Network.  The league-owned broadcast operation has not responded to an email seeking comment.

Sharper played for the Packers, Vikings, and Saints during his 14-year NFL career.

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91 Responses to “Darren Sharper arrested for suspicion of rape”
  1. mrbigass says: Jan 18, 2014 10:33 AM

    Rut row……….

  2. annes22 says: Jan 18, 2014 10:34 AM

    Way to go, maybe the NFL network should not employ him any longer.

  3. DaveKShape says: Jan 18, 2014 10:35 AM

    Ut oh.

  4. knucklehead93 says: Jan 18, 2014 10:36 AM

    He’s an arrogant bum that I can’t stand listening to.

  5. keepongronking says: Jan 18, 2014 10:36 AM

    Aaron Herndez be like ‘Finally found a safety to play the guards’

  6. sdsmooth says: Jan 18, 2014 10:39 AM

    Typical Viking. Shocker.

  7. sportsguy82288 says: Jan 18, 2014 10:39 AM

    You’d think with a Super Bowl title, millions of dollars, and a job at NFL Network, that you would tend to avoid anything like this. How many entitled millionaires just can’t stand hearing the word “no”?

    That said, good luck proving anything.

  8. xgarcia22 says: Jan 18, 2014 10:41 AM

    Former NFL Bounty Hunter; still trying to hurt people.

  9. ariani1985 says: Jan 18, 2014 10:41 AM

    What’s with packers and fondling? I know Wisconsin chick’s are a bit odd shaped but com on man!

  10. xlastchildx says: Jan 18, 2014 10:42 AM

    “Tha Hardest Hitting Safety In Tha League!!!!”

  11. beckzhere says: Jan 18, 2014 10:42 AM

    Sounds about right.

  12. 87hollywoodhorn says: Jan 18, 2014 10:42 AM

    innocent! send the man back to work

  13. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 18, 2014 10:44 AM

    Where’s Dr Rusty criticizing the NFLN for “putting the community at risk” ?

  14. chargrz says: Jan 18, 2014 10:45 AM

    You can look for the NFL Network to give him a raise and extension based on their track record.

  15. forthehaters says: Jan 18, 2014 10:45 AM

    We’ve seen this script a thousand times and often it’s a woman looking for a quick pay day where as the accused is usually guilty of using poor judgment. Innocent until proven guilty.

  16. pftbro says: Jan 18, 2014 10:45 AM

    Devon Bess is coming in for an interview.

  17. beerbratscheese says: Jan 18, 2014 10:46 AM

    When are these guys going to learn? You can’t get away with this stuff after you retire.

  18. patriotsarespygaters says: Jan 18, 2014 10:46 AM

    pick magnet

  19. honalulublue says: Jan 18, 2014 10:47 AM

    You’d think he’d be sharper than that.

  20. GenXJay says: Jan 18, 2014 10:49 AM

    NFLNetwork has the power to decide Darren’s fate. The media is God. (see Michael Irvin)

  21. maurysline says: Jan 18, 2014 10:49 AM

    One accusation should of course be treated seriously but in the end might be nothing more than somebody who got caught in a bad set of circumstances with the wrong type of girl.
    Two accusations months apart ?
    Wait for more to start following now from woman who never reported it in the past.
    This guy is toast.

  22. brotzelj says: Jan 18, 2014 10:49 AM

    Sharpers career intercepted. Hopefully it doesn’t get housed.

  23. doubleogator says: Jan 18, 2014 10:49 AM

    I guess everyone has him guilty already. Personally I’ll believe it when he’s convicted. The guy is a nice looking, educated, relatively famous wealthy person. Many women target people like him for publicity and money. While he was in New Orleans he always came across as a good guy…

  24. footballfan12289 says: Jan 18, 2014 10:52 AM

    DARREN SHARPER!!!! One of the most hardest hittin’ safties in da league!

  25. dcviking says: Jan 18, 2014 10:55 AM

    Watch Packer fans blame this on the Vikings, and disavow that he ever played for them. Just like Favre.

  26. blackandbluedivision says: Jan 18, 2014 10:55 AM

    Little more than a “pick magnet”

  27. restlesspillow says: Jan 18, 2014 10:56 AM

    Pick Magnet

  28. seanb20124 says: Jan 18, 2014 10:57 AM

    Go Tribe

  29. 2mcd says: Jan 18, 2014 10:57 AM

    He should of went to target and got 2 jars of Vaseline® and “changed his clothes in the parking lot” instead.

  30. theimmaculatedeception says: Jan 18, 2014 11:00 AM

    There’s a big difference between and indictment and an arrest. Someone has some substantial evidence

  31. redandgoldhitman52 says: Jan 18, 2014 11:01 AM

    just a couple of broke girls trying to get paid just like the crabtree situation.

  32. elliottcovert says: Jan 18, 2014 11:04 AM

    I’m no lawyer, but isn’t sexual assault a different charge from rape? Either way, extremely serious and disturbing allegations.

  33. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 18, 2014 11:05 AM

    Soccer will be the #1 sport in the United States by 2032.

  34. smedley61 says: Jan 18, 2014 11:05 AM

    For a guy who tries to portray himself as incredibly smart, to me, Darren Sharper never appeared to be incredibly smart.

  35. tremoluxman says: Jan 18, 2014 11:05 AM

    Some people will use any excuse to slam the Vikings. Sharper was a Packer longer than a Viking. He also ended his career with the Saints. Grow up. Nothing has been proven yet about anything.

  36. crowdedtrophycase says: Jan 18, 2014 11:06 AM

    Vikings and Law Enforcement go together like pickled herring and 3.2 beer.

  37. rg3sus says: Jan 18, 2014 11:08 AM

    I wish the reporting were more clear here. Two assaults were reported. What is not clear is if they were from the same accuser. If they were, he still has a solid leg to stand on and you gave to question how this all played out. If this is two separate accusers, then this is already ugly. I hope none of this is true for numerous reasons and will wait to get more details before jumping to any conclusion.

  38. pekkle007 says: Jan 18, 2014 11:14 AM

    Free Darren! Oh wait…

  39. jackybadass says: Jan 18, 2014 11:15 AM

    Maybe they wanted his money!

  40. shlort says: Jan 18, 2014 11:16 AM

    I wonder how much money was demanded for NOT going to the police?

    I don’t see a rapist when I look at Sharper. If anything, I question his hetrerosexualty.

    That said, we have all seen these types of incidents turn out to be money grabs by women who use their “tools” to seduce men, then accuse them of rape afterwards.

    Lets wait to see if there is evidence to prove Sharper’s guilt before we judge him in the court of opinion.

  41. tds968 says: Jan 18, 2014 11:17 AM

    Guess “innocent until proven guilty” doesn’t mean much to some!

  42. knucklehead93 says: Jan 18, 2014 11:17 AM

    Anyone want to buy my Sharper jersey?

  43. dandavis35 says: Jan 18, 2014 11:19 AM

    Get ready for the concussion defense.

  44. icdogg says: Jan 18, 2014 11:21 AM

    If this happened at a Boston Market that company is toast.

  45. bigbens69taintedlove says: Jan 18, 2014 11:23 AM

    The police report stated that Sharper was in a crazed state, repeatedly ordering the women to “HOLD MA DEEEEK!!”

  46. elliottcovert says: Jan 18, 2014 11:25 AM

    Anyone linking this to any team he played with is truly absolutely pathetic.

  47. dirtybird70 says: Jan 18, 2014 11:26 AM

    “We have a flag on the play. illegal hands to the arse, number 42, he’ll need a defense. 15 year penalty

  48. gadlaw2012 says: Jan 18, 2014 11:27 AM

    Way to drag yourself down. I put Darren Sharper in the Google machine and five of the first six hits come up Rape Rape Rape Rape Wiki Rape. He’d have done better to just screw the pooch. Next man up at the NFL Network.

  49. winninaintsinnin says: Jan 18, 2014 11:27 AM

    These are the kind of guys the Saints and Vikings turn out.

  50. bigwalt2990 says: Jan 18, 2014 11:33 AM

    He never played for the Lions, how is this possible?

  51. oshkoshoz says: Jan 18, 2014 11:36 AM

    More Packer than Viking player. Packers have a fine tradition of this kind of thing: Mossy Cade ring a bell?

  52. suns11111 says: Jan 18, 2014 11:37 AM

    Sharper wrote down two words……..Jack Reacher.

  53. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 18, 2014 11:38 AM

    Something happens once they put that purple jersey on.

  54. myditkainyourbutkis says: Jan 18, 2014 11:42 AM

    He put da nut on her back do

  55. buffedman says: Jan 18, 2014 11:43 AM

    where there’s smoke, there’s fire

  56. whatjusthapped says: Jan 18, 2014 11:44 AM

    No doubt Sharper picked up this “above the law” mentality during his stint with the Vikings. There is something about playing for a morally bankrupt organization that stays with you even after you retire.

  57. oldray66 says: Jan 18, 2014 11:58 AM

    Probably a bad habit he picked up when with the Vikings.

  58. Shinnbone says: Jan 18, 2014 12:00 PM

    I’m sure he’ll have his supporters from the network,
    Warren Sapp
    Michael Irvin
    Deion Sanders
    after all they are all stand up citizens.
    It must be part of the qualifications to work for the NFL Network, if you don’t have some baggage you need not apply.

  59. Shinnbone says: Jan 18, 2014 12:04 PM

    Weather he was a Packer, Viking or Saint it doesn’t matter…..TRASH IS TRASH!

  60. hafftime says: Jan 18, 2014 12:05 PM

    wow, accused of 2 rapes. at least he’ll have steeler fans coming to his defense !

  61. deflateddome says: Jan 18, 2014 12:07 PM

    Just like Mark Chumura and Mossy Cade?

  62. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 18, 2014 12:42 PM

    I wonder if it’s the CTE that is making the Winslows and the Sharpers go crazy.

  63. stampnhawk says: Jan 18, 2014 12:42 PM

    Reset the counter –>

  64. behike54 says: Jan 18, 2014 12:51 PM

    Thats quite the cast of characters they have at the NFL Network.

  65. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Jan 18, 2014 1:01 PM

    It’s an ACCUSATION, people. And how much do you want to bet the accusers’ names will be protected? A false rape accusation can still ruin a man’s livelihood.

  66. wawa33 says: Jan 18, 2014 1:09 PM

    Sharper has retained the law firm of Roethlisberger, Carruth, and Favre to represent him.

  67. purple1967 says: Jan 18, 2014 1:09 PM

    Seems to be a tough week for the “NFL Shield” …Will be interesting how the (Love) Boat-load of tarnish plays out from all the incidents….And yes,please reset the counter!!!

  68. realfootballfan says: Jan 18, 2014 1:15 PM

    Always nice to see the public adheres to that whole innocent until proven guilty thing the legal system is supposedly built on. There aren’t even the slightest bit of details to this, but yep, he’s just another “spoiled rich athlete, entitled, blah, blah.” How about let’s wait and see what this is all about first.

  69. monkeyhateclean says: Jan 18, 2014 1:17 PM

    If you were ever a Packer and went to play for the Queens, you were never a Packer.

  70. tinman72 says: Jan 18, 2014 1:37 PM

    Why do people talk about the teams he played for. Every team at one point has had players or former players with legal issues.

  71. whodatnhollywood says: Jan 18, 2014 2:15 PM

    People: PUMP YOUR BRAKES before casting judgment! There are absolutely NO details other than Darren being charged. (See also Brian Banks rape case).

    What if it’s determined the accuser is a scorned ex or someone trying to make money off the guy. Anybody remember what happened to former USC linebacker Brian Banks who spent the prime of his college and pro years behind bars because a woman lied, was paid over $1million dollars and later admitted she lied?

    That’s my point: Let the case play itself out. And if Darren did this, he will pay. And if he didn’t, his reputation will be in need of restoration.

    No matter how careful one is~a pro athlete, entertainer or not~if a person wants to nail you, they can do it and FORCE YOU to prove they are lying. Too bad, but that’s society these days.

  72. jpb12 says: Jan 18, 2014 2:21 PM

    Just me or does it seem like NFL Network has more than its fair share of these issues?

  73. 1twinsfan says: Jan 18, 2014 2:27 PM

    I have to wait for details before I pass judgment. Some athletes feel so entitled as to do whatever they want and then others are falsely accused due to some witch looking for a quick payday. As a woman, I’d personally despise that kind of female.

  74. aceben3 says: Jan 18, 2014 2:36 PM

    That sucks. I’ve liked him ever since he was “one of the most hardest hittin’ safeties in da league!” Plus. he was a rare ESPN employee who wasn’t a total blowhard. As Deion would say, “prayin’ for ya!”

  75. freebledsoe says: Jan 18, 2014 2:46 PM

    And now we find out he’s already under investigation for another sexual assault of a woman in New Orleans last year… Oy

  76. lagg1 says: Jan 18, 2014 2:47 PM

    Sharper is innocent until proven otherwise. If found that he was malicious and caused rape-then throw the book at him and destroy the key.

  77. purplezimmerpride says: Jan 18, 2014 3:06 PM

    I was hoping Zimmer would pick Sharper up as a bridge to the past defenses. Since the Vikings had by far the worst defense in the NFC North… well let’s face it only the Cowboys were worse in the entire league… But now this.

    On further review though, Sharper would still make sense maybe even more so now.

  78. patsfan1820 says: Jan 18, 2014 3:28 PM

    Well…things just got interesting for Sharper is all I am going to say. Don’t know anything about this case yet so I can’t talk.

  79. bkg63 says: Jan 18, 2014 4:09 PM

    Hate this “guilty, until proven innocent” mentality. Deserves his day in court to clear his name; that being said, if he is guilty, bye, bye Darren!

  80. hrmlss says: Jan 18, 2014 4:14 PM

    Man what does living in Minnesota do to people???

  81. provguard says: Jan 18, 2014 4:21 PM

    Maybe the NFL and NBA can slip some salt peter in the Gatorade.

  82. akboot says: Jan 18, 2014 4:44 PM

    Here we go again. Minn. Vikings, living rent free in packer fans heads. Cheese puffs just cant help themselves. In denial that he even played for the pack. LOL. This is rich. Skol Vikes.

  83. bigjim50010 says: Jan 18, 2014 4:53 PM

    dcviking says:
    Jan 18, 2014 10:55 AM
    Watch Packer fans blame this on the Vikings, and disavow that he ever played for them. Just like Favre.

    Watch Viking fans hate on the packer players…until they come to play in MN.

  84. stagedoorjohnny says: Jan 18, 2014 5:15 PM

    Absolutely agree with “innocent until proven guilty” but two separate charges? Enough smoke to at least not put him on the air. NFL Network – who does your vetting for employees?

  85. jetfanfolife says: Jan 18, 2014 5:46 PM

    It’s really GUILTY before proven innocent!

  86. chase1808 says: Jan 18, 2014 6:06 PM

    It’s being reported that there are 3 separate incidents that are being investigated (1 in NOLA, 2 in CALI). I agree, more info is needed before assumptions of guilt/innocence are made.

    I do, however, find it interesting that many are automatically assuming that the accuser(s) is/are women.

  87. zinnsand21 says: Jan 18, 2014 8:14 PM

    Two separate allegations is a problem…

  88. igocommando says: Jan 18, 2014 8:24 PM

    sdsmooth says: Jan 18, 2014 10:39 AM

    Typical Viking. Shocker.
    ————————-
    Son, you should ask your daddy about Sharper. He’s probably old enough to recall that he played 8 years for the packers.

  89. vikinggroininjury says: Jan 19, 2014 8:09 AM

    Where is Ray Donovan when you need him?

  90. raiderapologist says: Jan 19, 2014 2:55 PM

    Bob Knight demands an explanation?

  91. greenbaypackersowner says: Jan 20, 2014 1:33 PM

    As the owner of the Packers I’m thankful we don’t employ the same kinds of players the Vikings do. What’s that? He played twice as long for the Packers? Well, at least no other Packers have been involved in sexual crimes. What’s that? Who are Chmura, Underwood and Lofton? Oh yeah, never mind.

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