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Ex-NFL player Darren Sharper arrested in LA on suspicion of rape

January 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
Former NFL player Darren Sharper was arrested in Los Angeles and booked on suspicion of rape.

According to a statement released by the Los Angeles Police Department on Saturday, Sharper was arrested for his connection to two sexual assaults in the West Los Angeles area. Authorities say the assaults occurred October 2013 and earlier this month.

New Orleans Police Department spokeswoman Remi Braden said Saturday in a statement that NOPD is also investigating an allegation of sexual assault filed against Sharper on Sept. 24.

The 38-year-old former athlete, who currently resides in Miami Beach, Fla., was booked for rape Friday and released on $200,000 bail just before midnight. He is due in court Feb. 14.

Sharper played 14 seasons in the NFL from 1997-2010 with Green Bay, Minnesota and New Orleans. He retired after the 2010 season.

Sharper was selected All-Pro six times and chosen for the Pro Bowl five times. He played in two Super Bowls, one with the Packers as a rookie and a second with the Saints after the 2009 season.

He has been working as a commentator with the NFL Network.

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

The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information about this case, you're urged to contact the LAPD at (877) LAPD-24-7.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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