Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Crime & Courts

Former NFL star defensive back Darren Sharper arrested on rape charges

See also

On Friday, Jan. 17, Darren Sharper, 38, the former star defensive back who played 14 seasons in the NFL, was arrested and booked on suspicion of rape, according to an announcement from the Los Angeles Police Department.

Sharper was released on $200,000 bail just before midnight on Friday, according to CBS News.

The former defensive back that played for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans’ Saints during his football career, will back in court to face those rape charges on Feb. 14.

The LAPD is reportedly investigating Sharper “in connection with two sexual assaults that occurred in October and earlier this month in the West Los Angeles area.”

Remi Braden, spokesperson for the New Orleans Police Department, announced on Saturday that her department is conducting its own investigation into an additional and unrelated rape allegation that was filed against Darren Sharper on Sept. 24.

Sharper retired from the gridiron following the 2010 season, after playing from 1997 – 2010 with the NFL, with most of those years playing with the Green Bay Packers.

Recently, Sharper has been employed by the NFL Network as an analyst.

"Darren has been suspended without pay until further notice, effective immediately," said Alex Riethmiller, spokesman for NFL Network, in an email Saturday.

Sharper attended Hermitage High School in Richmond, Va., played college football with the College of William and Mary, and was drafted in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft by Green Bay.

For more on Darren Sharper's arrest on rape charges, see the video accompanying this article.

Also see:

Stalking, battery charges dropped against former tennis star Jennifer Capriati

Miss Venezuela 2004 and ex-husband murdered in front of 5-year-old daughter

Minn. Vikings’ Erin Henderson arrested for second DUI in less than two months

Winter Olympics: Female suicide bomber kills 16 in Russian terrorist attack

UFC’s Anderson Silva in recovery after breaking leg in championship match

Connect with Rich Webster on Facebook and Twitter.

To receive e-mail alerts to Richard's Domestic Crimes articles, Subscribe Here to Get Instant Updates.

E-mail alerts are free, private and secure, and you won't get any ink on your fingers.



  • Pro-Russians killed
    Putin issues a warning after 3 armed protestors were shot dead in Ukraine
    Watch Video
  • Korean ferry capsizes
    Only one of 46 life boats were used in the South Korean ferry sinking
    World News
  • Oscar Pistorius trial
    Oscar Pistorius reads a Valentines Day card from his deceased girlfriend without tears
    Crime News
  • Google patent
    Google applies for patent for what could be the successor to Google Glass
    Tech News
  • 420 in Colorado
    Colorado will celebrate 420 for the first time since marijuana became legal
  • Racist Kansas murderer
    Why isn't the Jewish Community Center shooter being labeled as a terrorist?
    Watch Video

Related Videos:

  • Linebacker Aldon Smith
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518194692" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • 20 injured, 4 seriously, in high school stabbing spree
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518190100" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • Kenyan SWAT Team
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517198521" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!