Perhaps one of the most confusing aspects of one of the most bizarre alleged crime sprees in NFL history comes from the fact that accused serial rapist Darren Sharper remains employed by the NFL.
Suspended indefinitely without pay by NFL Network after he was arrested last month on suspicion of rape in Los Angeles, Sharper remained suspended without pay after documents filed two weeks ago in connection with a bail hearing detailed claims of drugged victims of sexual assault in four different states: California, Louisiana, Nevada, and Arizona. (A similar accusation has since surfaced in Florida.)
In the wake of Sharper’s arrest on charges of multiple additional rapes in Louisiana, NFL Network has not responded to an updated inquiry sent early Friday morning regarding Sharper’s status.
While Sharper, who spent 12 years in the NFL with the Packers, Vikings, and Saints, is entitled to the presumption of innocence and all other Constitutional protections in connection with the pending criminal charges, a private employer isn’t bound by concepts aimed at keeping innocent citizens out of prison. The NFL, which claims to hold all employees to a high standard of behavior, can conduct its own internal investigation (as it has done with multiple players) and take more decisive action than applying an indefinite suspension without pay.
Until that happens, the NFL continues to employ a man who faces very serious accusations of drugging multiple women in multiple states and raping them while they were unconscious.