Remember Darren Sharper? One of the best Green Bay Packers to play the safety position in the last several decades? The guy who ran off to Minnesota for a few years, then won a Super Bowl with the Saints?
Well, none of those things will likely play into his lasting legacy any more. About a month ago, Sharper was arrested on suspicion of rape and released on bail. Today, TMZ reported that Sharper was officially charged with drugging and raping two women in a hotel in West Hollywood, California. All told, the Los Angeles District Attorney has charged Sharper with seven felonies relating to two alleged incidents, including two charges of rape by use of drugs.
However, that is not all. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that he is also being investigated in other rape cases:
According to press release, judge has been asked to raise Sharper's bail to $10M because he is suspected of also raping women in AZ, NV & LA— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) February 14, 2014
The fact that Sharper would even be mentioned in the same sentence as these alleged events is disgusting and beyond disappointing. That he has now been formally charged and is accused of repeating his actions multiple times is frankly mind-blowing. According to TMZ, Sharper faces up to 30 years in prison. If you so desire, you may read the entire formal complaint here.
Sharper, who was drafted by the Packers in the second round of the 1997 draft, played eight seasons in Green Bay. His numbers as a member of the Green and Gold (36 interceptions, six fumbles forced, seven touchdowns) would likely have warranted inclusion in the Packers Hall of Fame. It is unfathomable at this point that the Packers would ever associate themselves with Sharper again.