According news reports coming out of Los Angeles this morning, Darren Sharper, an NFL Network analyst who spent eight years playing safety in for the Green Bay Packers and another four years each with the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints, was booked late Friday night on charges of sexual assault.
He was released on a $200,000 bond.
Sharper, 38, is also being alleged for his involvement in two assaults, one in October and the other in January. The victim has not been identified.
The hard-hitting safety came into the NFL with the Packers in 1997 during their Super Bowl run of that season – a year that ended with the team’s loss to John Elway and the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXII. However, he did win a Super Bowl championship as a member of the New Orleans Saints at the end of the 2009 season.
He was drafted in the second round (60th overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Packers. During his time in Green Bay he played in 121 games (105 starts), intercepted 36 passes and returned five for touchdowns – the longest going for 89 yards. He also had six sacks during his career in Green Bay. He also returned two fumble recoveries for touchdowns, the longest of those being 75 yards. In his eight seasons with the Packers, he had 473 tackles and and 137 assists. He was selected to five Pro Bowls, was a first team All-Pro twice, and was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame 2nd team All-2000s Team.
A court date has been set for Feb. 14.