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Darren Sharper

Ex-NFL Star Arrested for Rape

1/18/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0117-darren-sharperFormer NFL superstar Darren Sharper -- a 5-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champ -- has been arrested in L.A. on suspicion of rape ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... the 38-year-old was arrested on Friday -- and he's been linked to 2 sexual assaults ... one that occurred in Oct. 2013 and the other in January 2014.

The identity of the alleged victim or victims has not been released.

Sharper was booked at an L.A. jail -- and was released on $200k bail.

Sharper -- a hard-hitting safety who played for the Packers, Vikings and Saints -- is currently an analyst for the NFL Network.
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10:15 AM PT -- A rep for the NFL Network just released a statement saying Darren has been "suspended without pay until further notice."

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1.

Unkind Truth    

No means no.

176 days ago
2.

Shaquille O'Neal     

What a punk loser!

176 days ago
3.

studio42    

WTF!! these people that think they are entitled to inflict themselves on someone else.....he's a 10 on the creeper scale.

176 days ago
4.

Tony626    

Bonobo.

176 days ago
5.

Tony626    

He hasn't been convicted of anything yet.

176 days ago
6.

Concerned Citizen    

Did we just read the same article? No details were given, but most people here have already branded him a vile rapist. Whatever happened to having a mind of your own?

176 days ago
7.

J    

Probably another sick attention whore who got way too drunk, and he kicked her to the curb. I'm not going to start labeling him a rapist until all the facts are out. So all the sudden at 40 he just starts raping women. I don't buy it. Everyone here was calling Jamies Winston a rapist too. Innocent until proven guilty. Let the all the facts lay on the table before we ruin this guys life because of some potential lies.

176 days ago
8.

Elizabeth    

He is hot. Why would he have to rape anyone. Someone just wants attention.

176 days ago
9.

Niki    

So wait....it wasn't Ben Rapethlisberger this time? Shocking!

Go Broncos!!!

176 days ago
10.

JadaFoxx    

This is very serious,a man life is at stack if this is false press charges on the women.No amount of money can satisfy a rap victim.

176 days ago
11.

Queen.of.the.Obvious    

This day in age, it's a sad notion that people just assume the victims are golddiggers. Had the headline said "women file lawsuit...", i'd be inclined to follow suit on that presumption. But the man was arrested for it. Being attractiveddoesn't automatically make someone exempt from being a rapist. Sometimes that sense of entitlement can lead to rape.... just playing devil's advocate. Hopefully the truth will prevail and the guilty party pays.

176 days ago
12.

Mr. Smith    

No bookers, girl could claim rape, bummer

176 days ago
13.

B4-I-FU-RU-18?    

Another one, bites the dust.

176 days ago
14.

aldz    

I need more facts before I can judge.

176 days ago
15.

Mr Barcliff    

Man, to ALL CELEBS AND STARS, ALERT , ALERT! STOP MESSING WITH GROUPIES, SOME ARE OUT TO GET PAID AND MAKE FALSE ACCUSATIONS. GET MARRIED, DO ANYTHING BUT, THE SAME STORY COMES UP AND STARS NEVER LEARN, STOP MESSING WITH SHADY WOMAN, THEY ARE THE WOMAN WHO APPROACH YOU BY THE WAY. PURSUE WOMAN WHO DONT KNOW WHO YOU ARE OR WHO HAVE A LIFE OF THERE OWN. IM I SAYING THIS ISNT TRUE? NO. IF ITS TRUE I RESPECT THAT BUT, TO MANY TIMES STARS ARE ACCUSED OF THINGS LIKE THIS THAT MAKE NO SENSE. SHARPER DOESNT HAVE TO RAPE ANYONE AND HEY, MAYBE THATS WHY HE COULD HAVE DONE THIS BUT, I DONT HAVE A CLUE. WHAT I AM SAYING IS, JUST GET MARRIED , STAY FAITHFUL OR PAY FOR PROSTITUTES AT LEAST THEY LET YOU KNOW OF TOP ITS A BOUT $. STOP MESSING WITH WOMAN YOU HARDLY KNOW!!!!! LGNM

176 days ago
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