Testimony suggests other NFL players drugged drinks

AP

The criminal cases involving former NFL safety Darren Sharper contain some of the most disturbing allegations ever made against a current or former pro football player.  Testimony generated in connection with one of the criminal cases suggests that other NFL players may have done some of the same things Sharper allegedly did.

Sharper is accused of being a serial rapist, using drugged drinks to incapacitate his victims.  Via Adam Grimm of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, an FBI agent has testified at a pre-trial hearing that one of Sharper’s co-defendants, Brandon Licciardi, told federal agents that, at a Las Vegas convention attended by multiple NFL players, one player told Licciardi that drinks had been spiked with drugs.

The FBI agent declined to name any of the involved players Licciardi mentioned.

“It’s possible I could mess it up,” FBI Special Agent Robert Blythe testified. “There are a couple.”

Blythe said that none of the other players are being investigated — yet.

“There could be investigations going forward.  There’s not currently,” Bythe testified.  “If given time, I intend to look into those allegations.”

Blythe also testified that Licciardi referred to the drugged drinks as “horny juice.”

Another agent, DeWayne Horner, testified that Sharper bet on football and baseball games.  Sharper allegedly lost $25,000 to Russians in California — and stiffed them.  (If that’s true, Sharper probably is far safer in prison.)

Apart from Sharper’s case raising the very troubling question of whether other players are rapists, it highlights the naivete that the league, fans, and the media display when assuming players aren’t betting on football, playing high-stakes fantasy football, or otherwise doing things that could, directly or indirectly, undermine the integrity of NFL games.

In light of the league’s new personal conduct policy, the situation gives rise to another important question.  Will the league affirmatively investigate the vague allegation that other players put drugs in women’s drinks?

UPDATE 3:16 p.m. ET:  “We would look into any information of this nature,” the league office told PFT in response to a request for comment.

95 responses to “Testimony suggests other NFL players drugged drinks

  1. That shouldnt surprise anyone.. some of these guys are tight nit and are degenerates like Sharper… Sharper took it a step way to far.. not that that should excuse anyone even on one occasion.

  2. Sharper allegedly lost $25,000 to Russians in California — and stiffed them. (If that’s true, Sharper probably is far safer in prison.) If that is true that boy wont be safe in any prison. Dirt Bag

  3. This could potentially blow up for the NFL far worse than the Rice and Peterson incidents.

  4. restorativejusticeprogram says:

    “Somewhere alleged rapists Bill Cosby and Bill Clinton are feverishly taking notes.”
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    And Ben Roethlisberger can’t remember where he put his crayons…

  5. I doubt he will be much safer in prison if he’s really worried about his safety. Some Russians family could be taken care of for a long time if he “takes care of business”.

  6. Sharper is in custody without any proof of the allegations levied against him yet the cop who got caught definitively on video choking Eric Garner to death through a chokehold (barred from use by NYPD since 1993) is free.

  7. They should. If they do then that will set a good example for others to follow suit in showing proactive responsibility in addressing important questions.

    The NFL is a role-model-organization.

  8. NFL players are a small slice of society. It shouldn’t be a surprise when we find out that they do things that large segments of society also do. People get outraged because they raise athletes to sainthood status and worship them as holy deities.

  9. Not sure why there is even a mention of fans being naive about fantasy football in the same article focusing on the raping of multiple women. No one cares what they gamble on, however everyone cares if players are out raping women. I don’t get it. These guys could probably nail any woman they want and most of those women would let these guys play out sick power fetishes on them but instead these idiots drug and rape them. Morons is not even close to being accurate.

  10. Muslimponder let’s try to stay on topic man. There’s no comparison to be made there.

    I just don’t get it. Your a pro athlete with presumably millions in the bank, why in the world would u need “horny juice” when I was single I had “thousands” in the bank and that was enough “horny juice” for me and I wasn’t even a high school athlete let alone a pro. What is wrong in the world.

    Real gangsters won’t kill over 25k, but that’s a serious beat down. Just def not kill, too many cops for such a small amount.

  11. schmokes says:
    Dec 19, 2014 3:16 PM
    Where do you think he learned all of this? #mnvikings #loveboat #worstfranchiseinsports

    probably from green bay…he was with them the longest, oh and the saints

  12. The playoffs are near. The NFL has never been better and more exciting. Let the league worry about football and let law enforcement do their job. There are always going to be dirt bags.

  13. If any of those names are notable or still playing in the NFL today which I doubt this could get very messy for the NFL.

  14. Everyone is acting like it’s the NFL’s fault that this stuff happened. The only role of the NFL is to suspend, for life, those who are proven to have taken part. The hatred for the very league we all love never ceases to amaze me.

  15. RomoIsGod says:
    Dec 19, 2014 3:31 PM
    Everyone is acting like it’s the NFL’s fault that this stuff happened. The only role of the NFL is to suspend, for life, those who are proven to have taken part. The hatred for the very league we all love never ceases to amaze me

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    Used to love, pre Goodell.

  16. It’s no surprise at all that other players were doing it, a LOT of NFL players aren’t exactly role models to say the least.

    Get ready, because this one could blow up into a huge investigation looking at many players from many different teams and could slam the NFL like a Perfect Storm wave…. easily.

  17. “We would look into any information of this nature,” the league office told PFT in response to a request for comment.
    Just as soon as the league office receives and reviews the Ray Rice elevator videos.

  18. It’s getting harder to continue a fan of the game. Probably the tip of the iceberg. I’ve lost interest in Baseball, hockey and basketball because of the insane salaries and drug use; stop going to and watching. Baseball is not an American pastime when the majority or soon to be, of the players are from the Central America, the islands and Asia, sending billions of dollars out of our economy. These sports are sending cable and sat bills thru the roof. Ive cut the cord and not looking back. I’ve held onto football because of its enduring qualities of which it identifies leaders and followers, building team vs me mentalities and using strategy to achieve wins. Where front offices has to make countless decisions to keep teams competitive more years then not and watching their formula of success in rebuilding after injuries, bottom first thru seven rounds of the draft and being ravaged by salary cap, free agency (losing key players being over paid in some cases by other teams) all linked to winning because of the teams prior success.

  19. You really think he’s safer in prison? Like Russians can’t get to him? It’s probably easier.

  20. “That would explain why Adrien Peterson has so many kids with so many different women……..jus sayin”

    $$$$$

    Either you’re completely blind, or didn’t see the video with the babe on AP’s arm entering and exiting the courtroom….which is it?

    AP has so many kids because women keep beggin’ him for some!!!

  21. colv, sorry to tell you, but there have always been (and will always be) those in society that are like this, whether it’s in professional sports or not. Apparently you don’t remember that Babe Ruth was a severe alcoholic, and things like the Black Sox scandal, and Dwight Gooden being a huge crackhead. For every ex-player you hear about like Darren Sharper, there are 100 guys like Donald Driver who are class acts and would never do stuff like this. Unfortunately, a bad apple makes the whole bunch look bad, which is kind of sad.

  22. I don’t buy it… Those in professional sports figures (football, baseball, soccer, basketball, golf, etc.) get it thrown at them like beads off of a Mardi Gras float. My son has several friends that play different professional sports and women (loose women) are always abundent, some waiting in hotel lobbies and bars trying to hook their next meal ticket. Better known as “groupies”, these women have learned from Tiger Woods and other professional athletes how to extort money. Its funny that while Tiger was on the low low, none of his groupies were talking to the press, but the moment his wife found out, a slew of them came out talking to anyone who would put a camera and mic in their face. The funniest one of all was the porn star that gets paid professionally to have sex and chose to go on TV crying about how he “mislead” her about his intentions. People that don’t even follow golf knew all about his million + wedding to a dutch supermodel.

    Not saying this couldn’t happen but I don’t see any athlete risking everything to drug women who are already primed to do whatever they have to in order to snag a rich man…

  23. UPDATE 3:16 p.m. ET: “We would look into any information of this nature,” the league office told PFT in response to a request for comment.

    Wow. That’s a relief. Friggin’ Keystone Cops on the way !!!!!!!

  24. est285 says:
    Dec 19, 2014 4:09 PM

    Florio clearly doesn’t watch Sons of Anarchy. To say he’s safer in prison is a severe misrepresentation of the truth.

    *****

    Stole my thunder, est285. I was so upset after Ctrl+F’ing “Anarchy”.

  25. by saying that other players contaminated the drinks is now making you curious. No one looks good even if names are revealed, but it’s not worth paying attention to the story if you’re trying really hard to find out the names. we just need justice to be served quickly because this story is getting sicker by the development.

  26. Naïve?! Please! The league is well aware of gray areas like this and passively condoned it for decades. Fantasy football is simply the next generation of gambling thanks to the interwebs.

  27. mnvikingsfan says: Dec 19, 2014 2:53 PM

    That would explain why Adrien Peterson has so many kids with so many different women……..jus sayin

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    Vikings fan here…

    Reported your post. How can you just blatantly accuse a guy of drugging drinks and raping women because he has children with multiple women?

    That is a pretty serious thing to accuse someone of with no proof, even on the internet.

    People like you are exactly why myself and many others always say “Minnesota will never win a Super Bowl because the fans are too stupid.”

    Go cheer for the Bears. You would be doing our organization a favor.

    Also, you can’t even spell AD’s name right? Seriously?

    Yeah man, just go away.

  28. Simeon Rice was on the Adam Carolla podcast recently and strongly implied (without making any specific allegations) that he witnessed parties where many ex-teammates did the same thing (though, of course, he wasn’t one of them). I wonder how long it’s going to be before one of the former NFL players from those silly “No More” commercials gets implicated.

  29. I can’t believe my eyes. Packer fans using this article to pile on Viking fans. Nice. Especially when the subject of the article actually spent more time in GB than MN.

    How about calling this what it is…a human tragedy.

  30. f1restarter says: Dec 19, 2014 3:20 PM

    I wonder how many of those players are current or former Minnesota Vikings.

    Something happens when you put on that purple…
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    Same could be said about his former team before the Vikings – the Green Bay Packers. People tended to look the other way at Favre’s misadventures. Perhaps it’s plausible they did the same thing with Sharper because he wore Green and Gold.

  31. schmokes says:
    Dec 19, 2014 3:16 PM
    Where do you think he learned all of this? #mnvikings #loveboat #worstfranchiseinsports

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    After his tour in Green Bay and their women, what do you expect.

  32. Wait…did you say “undermine the integrity of the game”? SERIOUSLY? Man…that’s IMPOSSIBLE.

    (The game no longer HAS any integrity TO undermine.)

  33. muslimponder says:
    Dec 19, 2014 3:11 PM
    Sharper is in custody without any proof of the allegations levied against him yet the cop who got caught definitively on video choking Eric Garner to death through a chokehold (barred from use by NYPD since 1993) is free.

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    This is a sports site. Save your racist vitrol for social networking.

    Remember “ponder”, it’s better to be thought an idiot, then to open ones mouth and remove all doubt.

  34. In prior articles, former players profess they had no clue as to his rape doings. Now we are hearing an FBI agent say drugged drinks were a regular feature of NFL conventions(or at least, one convention). So, I am supposed to believe that they had no clue as to what was going on when women were moving into altered states of consciousness? Yeah, right. More likely, many knew, some participated, some didn’t. They may not have condoned it but they did nothing to report it which makes them an accessory to a crime. They probably rationalized it as the women were groupies, cast-outs, etc. This sounds to me that it involves very large scale enabling from a dysfunctional, male-based organization. I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if some of these women died from the drugs(alcohol and drugs don’t mix well)and there have actually been murder cover ups, too. There are regular Joe’s out there who do not make much money, play by the rules, get ignored by women and continue to play by the rules. They should be outraged at the fame, status and most importantly, the wealth of these men who participated. The men involved should be in prison as sexual predators.

  35. muslimponder says:
    Dec 19, 2014 3:11 PM
    Sharper is in custody without any proof of the allegations levied against him yet the cop who got caught definitively on video choking Eric Garner to death through a chokehold (barred from use by NYPD since 1993) is free.

    2 things:
    cops had positive results for the drugs administered in several jurisdictions. so there was at least some proof for the cops to put him in the can.

    secondly, the raising of an extraneous issue in no way comparable to the item under discussion is called a straw man. and the straw man isn’t accused of drugging women to sleep with them. interesting debating tactic but of no use to what is being discussed.

  36. idolized1 says:
    Dec 19, 2014 4:55 PM
    Vikings fan here…

    Reported your post. How can you just blatantly accuse a guy of drugging drinks and raping women because he has children with multiple women?
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    Did you seriously brag about whining to the moderators? The only ones who hit the “Report comment” button are those who accidentally press it when trying to thumb up or thumb down or people who are waaaaaaaaay too sensitive and had their poor little feelings hurt. Dude, this is the internet equivalent of a sports bar where there’s a little trash talking. Grow a pair.

  37. sharper learned from the best cade and chumura along with loften and who else lol seems to be the MO for packer players .

  38. I am a married man with a decent job, and let me tell u, I can get in to women’s pants, without none of this nonsense, why are multimillion making stats doing this crap, idiots

  39. Please, don’t let this story die, Florio. If you break this one, it would be one of the biggest stories ever. Here are some points that you could further investigate:

    Does there exist a group of individuals within the NFL that participate in this type of behavior? Agent Blythe’s testimony suggests that there is.

    What is the drug that was used? How was the drug obtained? Who supplied the drug to the players?

    What does local law enforcement know? More victims may have come forward but refused to go through the painful process of naming an NFL player as their rapist.
    You don’t need the names of NFL players or the victims. You just need to know that the accusations exist.

    Is there a pattern? Some recent players that have been accused of rape are Ray McDonald and Jameis Winston, was the same drug also involved in those cases, if at all?

    Is the league using its influence and power to cover- up these accusations? If it is, how? Sharper’s multiple victims in multiple locations suggests he was treated differently than a normal suspect in a rape investigation. Ray McDonald may have been treated differently in a Domestic Violence case early this year, is he receiving preferential treatment again? If so, why?

    From a legal standpoint, I know you cannot publish a story accusing someone of rape without facing a retaliatory lawsuit, but you can reveal if others have committed the same crime as Sharper, without naming names. And, I encourage you to take the chance and investigate this matter to its fullest extent.

    The fact that a culture may exist within the NFL and a possible cover- up, if one exists, would make an incredible story. If you can connect the dots it would be HUGE.

  40. Typical of the modern day NFL player, we got money lets do Date Rapping.

    The NFL = The National Felony league, who says crime don’t pay.

  41. agc99 says:Dec 19, 2014 7:17 PM

    Did Sharper learn drugging women from watching the Cosby show?
    ……….
    Actually, I read that it was from Mark Chmura, former GB te and teammate of sharper.

  42. idolized1 says: Dec 19, 2014 4:55 PM

    mnvikingsfan says: Dec 19, 2014 2:53 PM

    That would explain why Adrien Peterson has so many kids with so many different women……..jus sayin

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    Thank you for your feedback. We will look into it.
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    Vikings fan here…

    Reported your post. How can you just blatantly accuse a guy of drugging drinks and raping women because he has children with multiple women?

    That is a pretty serious thing to accuse someone of with no proof, even on the internet.

    People like you are exactly why myself and many others always say “Minnesota will never win a Super Bowl because the fans are too stupid.”

    Go cheer for the Bears. You would be doing our organization a favor.

    Also, you can’t even spell AD’s name right? Seriously?

    Yeah man, just go away.
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    I never accused him. You should look the definition of what an accusation really is before you actually do it to someone else. I just said it would explain things…….

    Sorry I didn’t use my spell checker on that particular post. I didn’t know points were awarded for perfect spelling.

    Thanks for taking the time to report my post. Only makes you look to be the foolish/stupid one!

  43. Are people really surprised that football players are dirtbags? Spend half an hour around a bunch of high school or college players and you’ll see it’s pervasive. These guys have been enabled from a young age that they can get away with practically whatever they like. The “dirtbag quotient” is very high – I would say something in the 70% range.

    – covered HS and college football for 15 years.

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