Ex-NFL Star Darren Sharper Arrested in Rape Case

Los Angeles, New Orleans police investigating multiple alleged assaults

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jan 18, 2014 3:40 PM CST

(Newser) – Former NFL star defensive back Darren Sharper has been arrested on suspicion of rape, the Los Angeles Police Department says. Sharper was arrested and booked yesterday and released on $200,000 bail just before midnight, according to police. He faces a Feb. 14 court appearance. The LAPD says it is investigating Sharper in connection with two sexual assaults that occurred in October and earlier this month in the West Los Angeles area. Meanwhile, the New Orleans Police Department says in a statement that it's also investigating an allegation of sexual assault filed against Sharper on Sept. 24.

Sharper, 38, played 14 seasons in the NFL, from 1997-2010, mostly with the Green Bay Packers. Sharper was selected All-Pro six times and chosen for the Pro Bowl five times. He played in two Super Bowls, one with the Packers and one with the New Orleans Saints. He has been working as an analyst for the NFL Network, where he "has been suspended without pay until further notice, effective immediately," says a network spokesman.

Darren Sharper wipes his face during a news conference to announce a charity softball game, in Metairie, La., Wednesday, June 1, 2011.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
In this Oct. 24, 2010 file photo, then-New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper warms up before a game.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
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