Former NFL safety, Super Bowl champion and NFL Network analyst Darren Sharper has been charged with rape in Los Angeles. Prosecutors announced the charges today claiming Sharper drugged and raped two women on the night of Oct. 30, 2013 as well as two other women on Jan. 14 of this year.
Prosecutors describe the October and January allegations similarly in their official report. On those nights, Sharper allegedly met a pair of women at a West Hollywood nightclub called Bootsy Bellows, invited them to a party, lured them into his hotel room and gave them a shot of liquor each before they passed out. He is facing two counts of rape by use of drugs, four counts of furnishing a controlled substance and one count of a controlled substance, all of which are felonies.
Sharper is accused of administering morphine and zolpidem, the active ingredient in the sleep aid Ambien. He was arrested on Jan. 17 shortly after the accusations were made and was released on $200,000 bail; NFL Network suspended him without pay indefinitely a day later. According to ESPN, prosecutors want his bail raised to $10 million because he faces similar investigations in Arizona, Nevada and Louisiana. Sharper's arraignment date has been postponed until Feb. 20 while he was ordered to surrender his passport, stay away from the nightclub Bootsy Bellows and remain in Los Angeles.
Sharper played in the NFL from 1997 to 2010 for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and eventually winning a Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints. After spending 14 magnificent years in the NFL, Sharper could be headed to prison for more than 30 years if convicted.