Today the NFL Network announced that Darren Sharper, former Green Bay Packer and 12-year veteran of the league, has been fired from the league-owned network because of the multiple drugging and rape charges he faces across several states.
Though innocent until proven guilty, Sharper’s fast fall from the graces of fans and his employer started about a month ago when he was arrested in Los Angeles for his alleged role in the rape of a woman there. Those allegations spread of the past few weeks to include charges in other states from women who allege the same … that they were drugged and then raped by Sharper.
The former Pro-Bowler and eight-year veteran of the Green Bay Packers is another example of a football player who has gone off the rails with behavior that is beyond belief. We sit and wonder what happened. A man with his education, with his success in the national limelight, with his looks and with his future – how could he possibly fall so far into the pits of badness?
His time in Green Bay were good times. Though he didn’t win a championship with the team, he did win a Super Bowl as a member of the New Orleans Saints. He left the Packers in free agency after manning the defensive backfield from his safety position, recording 105 starts, six sacks, and 36 interceptions – six of which were returned for touchdowns.
The William and Mary graduate was the Packers second round selection in the 1997 Draft (60th overall).
Sharper was suspended from the television network indefinitely and without pay in January, and it’s highly unlikely the smooth-talking former player will ever be back with the network. Even if he is exonerated of the charges, his image is tainted forever. The charges he faces in Louisiana carry a life sentence.
We here at Lombardiave were big fans of Sharper when he was on the football field, but one has to ask that given the information released about his recent behavior were those types of things happening in years past? But in reality we really don’t want to know.
We can only hope that the women he has abused through the years can find some solace in the fact that this man will probably never do something like this again and that they will find some resolution when the law takes final action against him.