Darren Sharper is still an employee of the NFL


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.

36 responses to “Darren Sharper is still an employee of the NFL

  1. The dweebs at the Network are holding on hope, but as long as he is not getting paid the status quo is fine. It will just be a matter of time before he is terminated.

  2. Accused is not guilty. Employers are wise to wait for facts before attempting to change the employment status of their employees. NFL has a pretty clear policy around waiting for the facts.

    If what he is accused of doing is true, then he’ll go down in history Rae Carruth-style – an embarrassment to the league that it will never escape.

  3. What’s cheaper?

    Not paying him but keeping him on the employment list and deal with what will amount to an insignificant PR hit.

    Fire him, have him found not guilty on the charges, and get sued by Sharper for wrongful termination.

    I think we all know the answer to that question.

  4. Innocent until proven guilty.

    Ain’t looking so great for this guy though – where there’s smoke – there’s an NFL player that will plead CTE damage. A bit too premeditated for that defense though.

  5. Waiting for facts? Go get the facts, or have a conversation with Sharper and have him tell you his side of the story. If he doesn’t have a good answer then fire him. This could have taken as little as 5 minutes to figure out from the initial report.

  6. They can’t be that stupid. I bet the NFL is looking for an airtight reason and their exposure before they cut him loose. Especially if he was on business for the NFL while doing this.

  7. I would fire him immediately. If for some reason he is found innocent and shown that he didn’t do the stuff in the indictment’s, then look at rehiring him. Based on the complaints, there is more than ample reason to severe the relationship.

  8. Patriots got rid of hernandez as soon as he got arrested. The NfL doesn’t have the same class, unfortunately.

  9. There is no such thing as karma. Get over it. If you think every team hasn’t run a bounty program then your naive. Same with spygate. Jimmy Johnson came out and said he did the same thing.

  10. NFL: No punishment to anyone in the Incognito scandal, no action on a man who admits knocking his woman out and then dragging her, and still happily employing Sharper with rape charges in multiple states. The NFL hates women.

  11. Hey , wait a minute — what’s going on here ? We’re supposed to be hammering the Dolphins here . . . all day , every day . . . how did this other scandal get reported ? The topic du jour should be dysfunction in Miami , dysfunction in Miami and yet still more dysfunction in Miami . . .

  12. He should sue the NFL for past head injuries that made him do those things. We all know something like this is coming down the pipe anyway.

  13. The Vikings need to stop selling his jersey in their team store (but it is their best seller!)

  14. Too many accusations not to be something behind them. Still, he is innocent until found guilty. What happens to these guys that leads to such behavior?

  15. The NFL is taking an Office Space approach. They stopped paying him. They fixed the glitch. Eventually these things work themselves out. Not actually firing him avoids potential conflict.

  16. As serious as his crimes are, and they are heinous. The fact remains Hernandez will likely get less time and opportunity for parole for killing potentially 3 people (maybe a hand in others), not too mention no hard labor.

    Life without parole in a hard labor camp for sharper

    20 years, opportunity for parole with TV, weight room and yard time for Hernandez.

    Welcome to the justice system.

    anyway, neither of these guys deserves (if guilty) anything. Hernandez should be executed, he is a killer and Sharper was one curious/paranoid episode away from being a serial killer, if he isn’t already.

  17. It’s just a minor detail; suspended without pay is almost the same as no longer employed. The NFL Network wants to appear as though they are letting due process take its course and once he is indicted, then “boom”, he’s fired that same day.

    The fact that he can no longer do his job didn’t seem to stop the Vikings from employing him.

  18. In my mind, suspending someone WITHOUT PAY isn’t exactly “employing” him. What’s wrong with leaving it at that until he gets the chance to defend himself in court? What if it turns out he’s actually innocent? Why are you lobbying for someone to be fired?

  19. Another dirtball from the National Felon League!
    Give these dirtballs big money and they think they are above the law! A league of Primadonnas and Felons!

  20. In most corporations in America, the rules for employees (other than executives) is the same. i.e. if accused of a crime, you are suspended without pay pending the results of a trial by a jury of your peers. If found “Not Guilty” (which is not necessarily the same as “innocent”) you get your job and your back pay. If you’re found guilty then you lose your job. The NFL is no different than the rest of corporate America.

    With executives, the rules depend on the contract.

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