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NFL Network fires Darren Sharper


Amid troubling allegations of the serial drugging and raping of multiple women in multiple states, NFL Network has taken decisive action against former NFL safety Darren Sharper.

An NFL spokesman tells the New York Daily News that the league-owned media outlet has fired Sharper.

Sharper, a 12-year safety was suspended from NFLN indefinitely without pay in January, has various legal protections aimed at ensuring innocent men and women aren’t wrongfully imprisoned.  Private business can draw its own conclusions and impose its own decisions.  Given the NFL’s clear and important connection to the public at large, misconduct of league employees becomes more difficult to excuse or explain away.

While Sharper remains innocent until proven guilty in the eyes of the law, the NFL has decided that Sharper is at a minimum responsible for conduct that reflects very poorly on the league.  With a small battalion of former law-enforcement officials employed by NFL Security, the league had the ability to obtain information about the allegations against Sharper that aren’t available to the public.

If Sharper eventually is exonerated, he presumably can re-apply for employment.  If he’s not, it doesn’t matter.  The latest charges filed against Sharper in Louisiana carry a possible life sentence.

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97 Responses to “NFL Network fires Darren Sharper”
  1. kerzondax says: Mar 1, 2014 1:01 PM

    Some calls are just damn easy to make.

  2. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Mar 1, 2014 1:01 PM

    The Pick Magnet? No.

    The Sick Maggot.

  3. clelek05 says: Mar 1, 2014 1:02 PM

    About time

  4. pacodawg says: Mar 1, 2014 1:03 PM

    Without cause? What a raw deal

  5. andrewluck12 says: Mar 1, 2014 1:03 PM

    Gotta keep him away from Nicole zaLoomis

  6. vikings1976 says: Mar 1, 2014 1:03 PM

    Packer hall of famer!

    Put him right on the wall with the 1964 Lambeau snack machine vendor!

    Now the Packers have had a serial killer and a serial rapist as staples in their franchise.

  7. chawk12thman says: Mar 1, 2014 1:03 PM

    Endorse this move; Not sure why it took so long?

  8. willking9 says: Mar 1, 2014 1:03 PM

    Due process be damned, these are some seriously disturbing allegations. Surprised it took this long to drop the axe.

  9. thevikesarebest says: Mar 1, 2014 1:03 PM

    They shouldn’t have hired a former packer anyway.they should expect these things.

  10. thepftpoet says: Mar 1, 2014 1:03 PM

    A true former Packer.

  11. timmons94 says: Mar 1, 2014 1:04 PM

    Some people have world by the balls… And still screw it up.. This guy needs locked up, throw away the key

  12. Fantasy Target says: Mar 1, 2014 1:08 PM

    Oh great, twice as much Heath Evans now. The NFL Network is full of clowns. Keep firing people

  13. packerbackernj says: Mar 1, 2014 1:11 PM

    “Some female employees and a couple male employees that were close to sharper can’t remember the month of November.

  14. bricktop02 says: Mar 1, 2014 1:15 PM

    Haha you roach.

  15. anonymous135 says: Mar 1, 2014 1:15 PM

    They’ve kept Warran Sapp on.. wasn’t surprised that the network took until now – like waaaaaay after the fact to act on Sharper.

  16. realskipbayless says: Mar 1, 2014 1:16 PM

    Great player just not much of a human being I guess.

  17. Stiller43 says: Mar 1, 2014 1:16 PM

    Being a good looking young millionaire athlete should be enough to get almost any piece of tail ya want.

    The fact he (allegedly) went to these lengths means thats just what he’s into…sick, sick person. Pathetic excuse for a man

  18. meatcarroll says: Mar 1, 2014 1:19 PM

    I hope he’s acquitted of all chargers and sues NFL Network for wrongful termination.

  19. f1restarter says: Mar 1, 2014 1:19 PM

    I’m sure the Vikings would welcome him back with open arms. He fits into that culture they’re trying to build over there.

  20. nfl4days says: Mar 1, 2014 1:23 PM

    Bring back Willie mcginest.

  21. firedup1 says: Mar 1, 2014 1:27 PM

    Drew Brees wants an explanation.

  22. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 1, 2014 1:30 PM

    I think this is one REPORT on this site that is actually true.

  23. phukurmouf says: Mar 1, 2014 1:30 PM

    Lake Minnetonka is looking for a boat captain for one of their charters…

  24. bearshaterseverywhere says: Mar 1, 2014 1:31 PM

    Should have been Sapp!

  25. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 1, 2014 1:35 PM

    Notice how he was never a Steeler? That’s no coincidence.

  26. mypercyhurts2 says: Mar 1, 2014 1:45 PM

    The Vikings fans posting here need to understand that his weirdness didn’t happen until he put on that purple.

  27. ariani1985 says: Mar 1, 2014 1:49 PM

    I demand green bay take down his statue!

  28. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 1, 2014 1:53 PM

    Darren Sharper was a model citizen with the Packers. But something happens once you put that purple jersey on.

  29. donewithfootball says: Mar 1, 2014 2:01 PM

    No tail left in Steel country. Ben has all them by age 15

  30. saints12013 says: Mar 1, 2014 2:04 PM

    Hay Pittsburgh fan, Sharper was pretty close to signing with the Steelers in 2009 but elected to sign with N.O. instead. Him and Mike Tomlin are buddy-buddy from their days at William and Mary. Don’t act like Pittsburgh is all high and mighty. Your boy James Harrison was on a cover of a magazine with a glock in each hand a few years ago. And don’t get me started on Big Ben who was in trouble for the same thing as Sharper and got lucky.

  31. chargrz says: Mar 1, 2014 2:04 PM

    I am surprised the NFL Network did not give him a pay raise and long term contract based on their track record.

  32. ariani1985 says: Mar 1, 2014 2:04 PM

    Notice nothing happened in green Bay?

    Easy answer is that the dairy cows and women look the same after a six pack.

  33. masher1965 says: Mar 1, 2014 2:06 PM

    Good move and totally expected. a couple of the comments show the true stupidity of people today. Meatcarroll and pacodawg are obviously in need of lobotomies. ‘Without due process “?? Are you kidding me ?? He is getting due process in court, a private business does not have to wait on the courts. You idiots need to learn the laws.
    As for the pure dunces that keep bringing up Sharper played for the Vikings and the Packers and therefore THAT is the reason he ( allegedly ) committed the rapes. GROW UP . Stop acting like little children entering puberty and incapable of thinking . Sharper , if convicted , and frankly , I don’t see how this is a set up since it is across the nation , has a serious mental issue and needs to be put away ( assuming he is guilty ) What teams he played for had nothing to do with his lack of character and moral evil

  34. trublazer says: Mar 1, 2014 2:08 PM

    Steelers have Big Ben

  35. buffedman says: Mar 1, 2014 2:11 PM

    “For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.

  36. babygaga19 says: Mar 1, 2014 2:13 PM

    If only NFLN would get rid of Irvin and Sapp!

  37. mrlaloosh says: Mar 1, 2014 2:22 PM

    Love boat graduate.

  38. alshonbrandontandem says: Mar 1, 2014 2:23 PM

    Sharper & Mark Chumura are best of friends, just sayin…

  39. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 1, 2014 2:26 PM

    He’s not going to like life in Angola.
    Probably a good thing for him that it won’t be a long one….

  40. ninefingers9 says: Mar 1, 2014 2:28 PM

    From Mark Chmura to Darren Sharper…those Packers sure know how to treat women!

  41. russellwilsonismymvp says: Mar 1, 2014 2:28 PM

    Man, this dude is going away for a LONG, LONG, time.

  42. sterling7 says: Mar 1, 2014 2:29 PM

    Now if they (NFL Network) can only fire Warren Sapp, Deion Sanders, Jamie Dukes and Michael Irvin the NFL Network can be taken seriously!

  43. abninf says: Mar 1, 2014 2:34 PM

    Thankfully the analysts don’t have a union. He would probably be getting full pay.

  44. ninefingers9 says: Mar 1, 2014 2:39 PM

    From Randall Woodfield…to Mark Chmura…to Darren Shaper. Man those packers sure know how to groom psychopaths! Am I leaving anyone out?

  45. stackzondeck says: Mar 1, 2014 2:43 PM

    Took the NFLN long enough.Shouldn’t have waited all this time to make that move.

  46. keltictim says: Mar 1, 2014 2:43 PM

    I wonder from a legal standpoint if they considered suspension without pay as opposed to flat termination. At least that way if IF he’s exonerated that could bring him back and say something to the effect of the justice system running its course. Now if he’s cleared what do they say? Oops are bad dude, c’mon back. While these allegations are horrific, at this point they are just that, allegations. It just goes to show you that in America today the court of public opinion is very powerful.

  47. richndc says: Mar 1, 2014 2:52 PM

    He is a shoe in for the HOF, but–only if convicted, and then gets a suspended sentence. Ya’ll stop hating on this man!! Maybe the way he was brought up, this kind of thing is normal, you know, maybe he don’t know no better?

  48. nizzledizzleshizzle says: Mar 1, 2014 2:54 PM

    he is a damned fool

  49. travelingwillies says: Mar 1, 2014 3:10 PM

    Now they need to fire that pathetic excuse for an analyst that is Heath Evans. Sapp can hop on that train too, if he can fit

  50. bcsh8er says: Mar 1, 2014 3:17 PM

    What took so long?

  51. alshonbrandontandem says: Mar 1, 2014 3:32 PM

    I heard LA has a mandatory life sentence for a rape conviction!! They ain’t playin down South.

  52. robbieboston says: Mar 1, 2014 3:36 PM

    What a clown!

  53. j0esixpack says: Mar 1, 2014 3:37 PM

    I guess they’ll have to find someone else to change the big water cooler bottle at the Network now.

  54. kd75 says: Mar 1, 2014 4:16 PM

    Yet they were lining up for Ray Lewis…

  55. everyonesuksbutme says: Mar 1, 2014 4:24 PM

    And what about uncle ray ray?

  56. cougar69rt03 says: Mar 1, 2014 4:41 PM

    mosey cade

  57. mattsffrd says: Mar 1, 2014 4:54 PM

    apparently 8 rapes is fine, but 10 is where NFLN draws the line

  58. cags777 says: Mar 1, 2014 5:05 PM

    It makes me wonder how long he was doing this? If he was pulling these shannigans back in his days as a Green Bay Packer and law enforcement took no action, they may have some explaining to do why they give preferential treatment to athletes.

  59. nicofthenorthstar says: Mar 1, 2014 5:15 PM

    What’s the hurry?

  60. timpiker says: Mar 1, 2014 5:22 PM

    Possible defense – concussions.

    What about some sort of class action…multiple states…many accusers….?

  61. usdcoyotesfan says: Mar 1, 2014 5:37 PM

    He’s a former Packer, so he’s definitely innocent.

  62. aldante66 says: Mar 1, 2014 5:43 PM

    Mar 1, 2014 4:54 PM
    apparently 8 rapes is fine, but 10 is where NFLN draws the line

    Too bad he didn’t do it in Minnesota, he would have only gotten 30 days.

  63. rajbais says: Mar 1, 2014 5:53 PM

    Known as a “pick magnet” as a player and NFL Network broadcaster.

    Now NFL Network forces the turnover on Sharper.

  64. channer81 says: Mar 1, 2014 6:01 PM

    Picked up some bad habits from Eugene Robinson I guess.

  65. stellarperformance says: Mar 1, 2014 6:08 PM

    Will the Vikings Pro Shop allow the 1,022 Sharper jerseys to be returned? You know, the ones that have been sold since last Thursday? He’s practically a patron saint in Minnesota.

  66. vaughnjoe says: Mar 1, 2014 6:10 PM

    Yeah, wow this guy has really gotten around according to reports. I think back to his segments on NFL network called Darren Sharper “Pick Magnet” now it sorta makes sense. On the other hand why would a handsome ex pro football player need to drug women for sex? Never know these days I guess. Good luck Darren

  67. stellarperformance says: Mar 1, 2014 6:13 PM

    He didn’t get his superiority complex until he lived in Minneapolis…’s a requirement. It has something to do with their tall buildings.

  68. commonsensedude says: Mar 1, 2014 6:35 PM

    I can’t believe a Pittsburgh fan would act is if their team was above having alleged rapists in their organization. You know, since you’ve had that whole franchise quarterback getting accused of rape twice thing going on.

  69. GenXJay says: Mar 1, 2014 6:48 PM

    Darren is more respectable to others than Richard Sherman.

  70. stevew5 says: Mar 1, 2014 7:09 PM

    Respectful, dip head. And no, he isn’t. Hater.

  71. icallbs81 says: Mar 1, 2014 7:13 PM

    Still hoping Heath Evans leaves the nfl network to do that sitcom with Florio on the LOGO network!

  72. whatjusthapped says: Mar 1, 2014 7:17 PM

    This is a new low, even for an Ex Viking.

  73. campcouch says: Mar 1, 2014 7:21 PM

    I wonder if he can get his new orange jumpsuit tailored?

  74. monkeyhateclean says: Mar 1, 2014 7:26 PM

    Minny fans once more reveal themselves as classless trolls, by selectively forgetting that Sharper was one of them.

    NO > GB > MN

  75. aces79 says: Mar 1, 2014 8:14 PM

    Great news he was a dirty player anyways

  76. isphet71 says: Mar 1, 2014 8:15 PM

    The only reason it probably took them this long to fire the guy is that they wanted to make sure this justified firing was 100% error-free.

  77. brownsmakemecrazy says: Mar 1, 2014 8:46 PM

    The article states “decisive action” was taken. Seriously, they have known about this for weeks. Thats nt decisive if u ask me

  78. Ed Bandell says: Mar 1, 2014 8:49 PM

    If this turns out to be true and he did rape all of these women he should be subjected to getting a blood test to make sure he doesn’t have any STD’s that he might have passed onto his victims.

  79. sumkat says: Mar 1, 2014 9:14 PM

    The NFL takes as long to fire people as Obama *cough* Sebellius *cough*

  80. doggeatdogg says: Mar 1, 2014 9:15 PM

    He needs to start serious lifetime earnings protection because after the victims and the lawyers he will be left with nothing, including his freedom. This fool could have had any woman he wanted because they throw themselves at pro athletes. It’s all about control and power over defenseless women. Dummy. They need to find his stash of the date rape poison and throw him in jail after he is made to drink it, see how he likes it.

  81. umainebearman says: Mar 1, 2014 9:28 PM

    “Notice how he was never a Steeler? That’s no coincidence.”

    No…. thats just to easy.

  82. jayquintana says: Mar 1, 2014 9:58 PM

    Innocent until proven guilty, sure, but… geez, hard to believe ALL of these women are making it up.

  83. clemenza58 says: Mar 1, 2014 10:21 PM

    What took so long?

  84. iammrbinky says: Mar 1, 2014 10:26 PM

    Disturbing how many High School and Jr High School kids we have in here slinging insults at the teams he played for instead of focusing on their studies.

    Go to bed children. It’s past your bedtime.

  85. dickshotdogs says: Mar 1, 2014 11:06 PM

    One down, four to go.

  86. jacobk621 says: Mar 1, 2014 11:45 PM

    Wow !! I guess being a criminal is what qualifications you need to get hired by the NFL Network !! How many are on the set ??

  87. borisbulldog says: Mar 2, 2014 12:59 AM

    No more Pick Magnet?

  88. kirburnicus says: Mar 2, 2014 1:44 AM

    The NFL is continuing to gather the facts.

  89. redstar504 says: Mar 2, 2014 2:29 AM


    Come on man you are comparing James Harrison to Darren Sharper because he was on the cover of a magazine holding two Glocks ?

    Harrison did nothing wrong because in America you have 2nd Amendment rights to keep and bear arms.

    Maybe I slept a little in my constitutional law classes but I think I would remember if Americans have the right to drug and rape women.

    Bottom line it’s legal to own as many guns as you want to. It is illegal to administer drugs to someone with the intention of raping them.

  90. leatherface2012 says: Mar 2, 2014 3:33 AM

    While Sharper remains innocent until proven guilty in the eyes of the law.

    if i have to read that 1 more time. he is guilty period. no trial

  91. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 2, 2014 3:36 AM

    He better plea bargain. I don’t know a judge in the country that won’t give him “All Day” if he takes this to trial and gets convicted.

  92. lightskin350 says: Mar 2, 2014 6:51 AM

    You are still young. You have never heard he has had money problems since retiring so he must have been smart managing plus I am pretty sure he was getting a six figure deal from NFL Network and you want to drug and rape women and to keep doing it state to state means you are sick. If you are into kinky sex find a respectable escort service or anything. Its sad that he would risk everything that he has built and bled for.

  93. srgpsycho says: Mar 2, 2014 9:54 AM

    I’m sure there’s plenty of journeyman plumbers at the big house just waiting his arrival.

  94. mackcarrington says: Mar 2, 2014 10:56 AM

    Do some of you people not realize that CBS just fired Marino and Sharpe and they didn’t have any criminal charges against them? Do you think they should sue for wrongful termination?
    He didn’t have a civil service job. Even if he isn’t convicted, he has no grounds to sue.

  95. phinmaster says: Mar 2, 2014 5:05 PM

    This is just unbelievable. It is really amazing how many sick minds are out there. I am very upset because this was a great player. I hope by some miracle this is not true.

  96. dahmergeinteam says: Mar 2, 2014 7:53 PM

    So, I guess he won’t be buying my drinks anymore when we go bar-hopping?

  97. madaughtry says: Mar 6, 2014 10:50 PM

    Really! Not sure why it took this long but…..
    I mean one woman, maybe someone looking for a payday? Two, maybe a conspiracy…. But multiple women…. sorry to say it (without substantial proof) but he’s guilty…. Period! Put him in a cell with Ray Caruthe!!!!

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