Former NFL safety Darren Sharper arrested on suspicion of rape, faces multiple investigations

Saturday January 18th, 2014

Darren Sharper was taken into custody on Friday. (Donald Miralle/Getty Images) Darren Sharper was taken into custody on Friday. (Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Former NFL safety and current NFL Network analyst Darren Sharper was taken into custody in Los Angeles on Friday evening. Sharper was arrested on sexual assault charges, as first reported by TMZ and confirmed by Pro Football Talk. The L.A. County Sherriff's Department website lists Sharper as having been arrested at 3:00 p.m. PST and booked two hours later. Bail had been set and was posted at $200,000. Sharper is due in Los Angeles Municipal Court on Feb. 14.

On Saturday morning, the NFL Network announced that it had suspended Sharper without pay indefinitely, and with no further comment.

According to TMZ, Sharper has been linked to two sexual assaults -- one in Oct., 2013, and the other in Jan., 2014. No additional information on these alleged incidents has been released.

In addition, per the website for New Orleans television station WWL-TV, the New Orleans Police Department is investigating a Sept. 24, 2013 sexual assault complaint against Sharper. The incident allegedly occurred in the city's Warehouse District.

"New Orleans police received a complaint from an alleged victim," said District Attorney spokesman Chris Bowman. "The police referred the case to our office for consultation. The matter is currently under investigation and we will make no further comment on any matter under investigation." Sharper played for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, and New Orleans Saints from 1997 through 2010. He led the NFL in interceptions (nine), interception return yards (376), and return touchdowns (three) during the 2009 season, which culminated in a Saints Super Bowl XLIV win over the Indianapolis Colts.

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