Former NFL safety Darren Sharper faces serious allegations of rape. For some who knew him during his time with the Packers, the charges comes as a shock.
“I never, ever could have imagined seeing what has allegedly happened with Darren Sharper,” former Packers cornerback Tyrone Williams told Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “I never would have seen this coming. It’s mind-boggling.”
Multiple victims claim that Sharper drugged then sexually assaulted them. Charges are pending in California, Louisiana, and Arizona — and more are possible in Nevada and Florida.
“Either way, this is going to go down as one of the worst things in NFL history,” Williams said. “I can’t think of anything to this magnitude.”
“Girls would throw themselves at him,” former Packers safety Leroy Butler told Dunne. “He had no problem getting women at all. Good-looking guy. Great player. Possible Hall of Famer. He had lots of money. He had great parents — fantastic parents. This was a guy nobody would expect this kind of stuff from.”
Dunne’s article quotes other former teammates and coaches, and the common reaction is a high degree of surprise.
Meanwhile, a judge in California postponed a hearing in Sharper’s case, deferring to the outcome of a bail hearing in Arizona. He is expected to be tried initially in Los Angeles.