Former NFL safety and NFL Network analyst Darren Sharper arrested on suspicion of rape

Frank Schwab
January 18, 2014

Former Saints, Packers and Vikings safety Darren Sharper, a current analyst on NFL Network, was arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of rape, according to TMZ and confirmed by Pro Football Talk.

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department web site shows that Sharper was arrested and booked Friday on a felony charge.

The reports say that Sharper is linked to two sexual assaults, one in Oct. of 2013 and one this month.

Sharper was booked into a Los Angeles jail and released on $200,000 bail, TMZ said.

The NFL Network told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that Sharper has been suspended.

"Darren has been suspended without pay until further notice, effective immediately," Alex Riethmiller, a spokesman for NFL Network, told the Times-Picayune.

In his 14-year NFL career Sharper was a five-time Pro Bowler, two-time first-team All-Pro and member of the NFL's All-Decade team of the 2000s. He was a big part of New Orleans' 2009 Super Bowl championship team.

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