Sharper set for change-of-plea in sex assault case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Former New Orleans Saints football player Darren Sharper has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from allegations he drugged and assaulted women in four states.

Sharper, wearing an orange jumpsuit while his hands and feet were shackled, pleaded guilty to three counts related to distributing drugs with intent to commit rape.

Under the plea agreement outlined Friday in a New Orleans courthouse, Sharper would serve nine years in prison.

The judge now has to decide whether to accept the plea agreement. The next hearing in the case is set for Aug. 20.

Sharper has already pleaded guilty or no contest to charges in Nevada, Arizona and California to similar charges.

Sharper was part of the New Orleans Saints' 2010 Super Bowl victory.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.