Darren Sharper has been REMOVED from an upcoming celebrity cruise to Mexico in the wake of horrific rape allegations ... TMZ Sports has learned.
We know ... the former New Orleans Saints superstar had been booked to appear on the 1st Annual "Saints Ahoy Charity Celebrity Fan Cruise" to Cozumel, Mexico on March 13th.
Sharper was supposed to join fellow Saints studs Lance Moore, Roman Harper and Kenny Stills.
But after Sharper was arrested in L.A. last month for allegedly raping multiple women -- the cruise decided to cut Sharper from the event immediately.
A rep for the cruise tells us, "The minute the allegation became public, Darren was removed from the cruise."
"The people in charge of the charities didn't want it to hurt the sales. It was the best thing for the cruise."
We're told Sharper "no longer has any affiliation with the event."
CHARGED WITH RAPE
NFL Star Allegedly Drugged Multiple Women
2/14/2014 8:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Darren Sharper has just been charged with 2 counts of rape in L.A. ... after the former New Orleans Saints superstar allegedly drugged multiple women and raped them in his hotel room ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Among the charges ... two counts of rape by use of drugs, four counts of furnishing a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance, all felonies.
Sharper -- who had a Hall of Fame-caliber NFL career as a safety -- is accused of drugging the women with zolpidem (Ambien).
Officials say Sharper met the two women in a West Hollywood nightclub on October 30th and invited them to another party.
On the way, officials say they stopped at Darren's hotel room and he gave them each a shot.
The women then passed out and hours later one of the women claims she woke up with Sharper sexually assaulting her. The second woman says she woke up and "interrupted his actions."
Officials say Sharper STRUCK AGAIN on January 14th ... when he returned to the same West Hollywood nightclub and found two more women.
Sharper allegedly pulled the same scheme -- inviting them back to hs room, gave them a shot, they passed out, he raped them.
Officials say both women left his hotel and sought medical treatment.
Sharper was arrested on January 17th. He was released on $200k bail. In addition to the rape, officials also say he was illegally in possession of morphine.
If convicted, Sharper faces more than 30 YEARS in prison. Officials are recommending the judge set his bail at $100 MILLION.
(Update: We're told the $100 million bail was a typo ... officials meant to request a $10 MILLION bail).
Officials say Sharper is also accused of raping women in 3 other states -- including Arizona, Nevada and Louisiana.
As we previously reported, Sharper has addressed the allegations in Louisiana ... claiming the sexual encounter was consensual.
Stays Classy in San Diego
... With His Kids
2/11/2014 11:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Drew Brees returned to the city that kicked him to the curb this week ... San Diego ... but not without reminding the locals which team he plays for now.
The NFL superstar hit up a local park with 2 of his sons for a little baseball workout ... they ran the bases, played catch ... it was adorable.
But the funny thing ... Brees -- who played for the Chargers before they stupidly let him go in 2006 -- had one of his kids dressed up in a New Orleans Saints jersey (#43 Darren Sproles).
I'll NEVER Remove My Birthmark
Unless It Becomes a Threat
1/31/2014 8:24 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Drew Brees tells TMZ Sports ... he's COMMITTED to the famous birthmark on his face and has no plans to remove it ... EVER ... unless doctors tell him it poses a threat to his health.
This video is AWESOME ... Brees was at a NYC event for the Super Service Challenge -- an organization that encourages people to do positive things in their communities -- when he opened up about all sorts of stuff.
Besides the mole talk, Brees (who's from Texas) set the record straight about which movie more accurately portrayed his high school football experience in the Lone Star State -- "Varsity Blues" or "Friday Night Lights."
His explanation actually makes a lot of sense.
As for the Super Service Challenge -- Drew also tells us why he believes the organization is so important to him and his organization, The Brees Dream Foundation.
Two Cities HAVE NOT Paid Up
After NFL Playoff Bets
1/28/2014 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
There's a little Aaron Rodgers syndrome going around in the NFL ... 'cause TMZ Sports has learned the mayors of S.F. and N.O. have still not paid off their bets after their teams LOST to the Seahawks in the playoffs.
Here's the deal ... the mayor of Seattle made "fun bets" with the guys in charge of San Francisco and New Orleans when the Seahawks faced the 49ers and the Saints in the playoffs, respectively.
Mitch Landrieu -- the Mayor of N.O. -- agreed to fork over a King Cake from Sucre (a famous bakery) and said he would tap celeb chef Greg Reggio to host a crawfish boil.
Edwin M. Lee -- the Mayor of S.F. -- agreed to send local ice cream and dessert treats that represent the city if the 9ers lost. He also agreed to help fundraise $10k for a Seattle food bank.
Of course, the Seahawks WON both games ... but our political sources tell us the Mayor of Seattle has not seen the spoils of the victory from either city.
One source tells us, "Admittedly, raising $10k could take some time ... but baking a King Cake doesn't take 3 weeks."
We reached out to both S.F. and N.O. -- no word back from either mayoral office.
AZ Cardinal Rashad Johnson
The Most Gruesome
NFL Injury You've Ever Seen
9/24/2013 6:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Unless you're NFL legend Ronnie Lott ... you can't feel Rashad Johnson's pain -- but you can see it ... 'cause now there's a photo of the incredibly gruesome finger injury the NFL safety suffered Sunday.
If you haven't heard ... the Arizona Cardinals player crushed his left middle finger during the game against the New Orleans Saints -- but didn't realize he'd actually lost the tip until he took off his glove ... and partial digit was left behind.
Late Monday ... Johnson tweeted a pic of the photo, saying ... "Blessed to be able to still go out and do what I love this season. #thankful #trulyblessed"
Yes, he's planning to play this weekend -- which will seem even more amazing once you see the pic of the bloody finger (if you dare).
The NFL Is Far from Fixing Concussion Problem
2/27/2013 4:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Long-term brain damage remains a serious issue among NFL players ... and the league still has LOTS of work to do in order to fix it ... so says New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees.
Brees said, "I think it's a major issue. It's something that we need to continue to put research [into] and treatment protocols at the forefront to try to find ways to treat guys that have those long-term head and neck injuries when they leave this game."
He added, "It is definitely a serious problem."
You'll recall, pro football has recently come under intense scrutiny for its long-term health risks -- following the high-profile suicides of several NFL stars like Junior Seau. The deaths have been attributed to a brain disease stemming from injuries the players sustained during their careers.
Last week, Adrian Peterson -- one of the greatest running backs of all time -- said he would never let his son play the game.
Even President Obama has said he would have to think twice about whether he would let a son of his play football due to the health risks.
The NFL has diverted a lot of resources to address the problem ... but not much has been done ... and the players are getting pissed. 2,700 players have already sued the league, claiming the NFL intentionally kept the long-term dangers of playing football a secret.
New Orleans Saints' Players
We Got Egged
by Falcons Fans
11/29/2012 3:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The New Orleans Saints got a rude and messy welcome to Atlanta last night ... as airport workers hurled eggs at a charter bus carrying the team!
The smelly assault went down moments after the Saints got off the plane in Atlanta and boarded a bus. Officials at Atlanta's airport confirm that eggs were thrown at the bus as it drove off the tarmac.
Several Saints players, including star tight end Jimmy Graham, blamed airport workers for the incident.
Graham tweeted ...
Bus just got egged after landing in ATL by the ramp workers. Classy! "RISE Up" smh— Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) November 29, 2012
Airport officials say they are scrambling to find out who's unleashed the eggy hell.
The Saints flew in for tonight's game against the Atlanta Falcons -- and we're guessing the egg culprits are big fans of the dirty birds.
Fun fact: Eggs can really mess up your paint job, guys.
Full Serve Gas is a RIP
Even for a $100 Mil Man
7/17/2012 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees just signed a deal worth roughly $100 million ... and he still REFUSES to let anyone else pump his gas. #fullserviceisforsnobs.
Brees was rollin' through New Orleans yesterday when he decided to fill up his SUV ... and whipped out his cell phone at the same time ... a cardinal sin at most gas stations because some people believe the static electricity from the phone can ignite gas vapors and cause an explosion!!
But before you freak out about Brees ... don't ... because according to the FCC, the cell phone thing is completely unsubstantiated.
The FCC website states, "Scientific testing has not established a dangerous link between wireless phones and fuel vapors."
"The wireless industry has done studies on the potential for wireless phones to create sparks that could possibly ignite flammable materials. The studies generally conclude that while it may be theoretically possible for a spark from a cell phone battery to ignite gas vapor under very precise conditions, there is no documented incident where the use of a wireless phone was found to cause a fire or explosion at a gas station."
The more you know.
Sean Payton to Hot Blonde
I've Got a Bounty
... ON THAT ASS!
7/10/2012 7:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
He's suspended from the NFL ... his marriage is crumbling ... but former New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is bumpin' and grindin' away his pain in the Bahamas with a hot blonde -- and TMZ has the footage.
The disgraced Super Bowl champ was hanging out at the nightclub at the Atlantis Resort last Friday ... hittin' the dance floor HARD.
After spending some time gettin' funky with himself, Payton posted up behind a hot blonde lady ... before the two disappeared into the crowd.
Payton recently filed for divorce from his wife of 20 years, citing "discord or conflict of personalities."
We called Payton for comment on the dance video -- so far, no word back.
5/27/2010 5:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
New Orleans Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey was rushed to a local hospital earlier today after an incident at the team's practice facility, TMZ has confirmed.
According to local reports, Shockey was suffering from "seizure-like symptoms" while inside the team weight room.
A league source told WGNO that Shockey was able to walk to the waiting ambulance without assistance.
Shockey was hospitalized right around this time last year after he was found unconscious at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas. A rep said at the time Shockey was "dehydrated."
UPDATE: The Saints coach has announced that Shockey will stay at the hospital overnight.
Meanwhile, Shockey just tweeted that he is "OK."
Swings Both Ways ...
4/29/2010 4:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is known for throwing the long ball -- but he can also hit 'em deep ... from both sides of the plate.
It all went down during a charity event in Louisiana called the "NFL vs. SWAT Softball Showdown" -- which Brees and his fellow Saints barely lost by a score of 18-17 ... despite the Super Bowl MVP smashing 3 homers during the game.
Brees dominated the home run derby though -- hitting 'em as a righty and a lefty ... and busting out an awesome moonwalk during his homer trot.
Clearly the Madden Curse doesn't apply to softball...
You've Been Cursed!
4/22/2010 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hopefully, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was enjoying his last moments of free will yesterday -- 'cause he's about to become a slave to the most evil hex of all time ... the "Madden Curse."
As Brees arrived in New York yesterday, the Super Bowl hero told us that getting another NFL championship is "always the plan." But his plan seems unrealistic now -- because later today, Drew will be announced as the Madden 11 cover boy.
If you're unfamiliar with the Madden legend ... horrible things always happen to the players who make the cover of the video game. Just ask Troy Polamalu ...the Madden 10 cover boy who sustained a devastating knee injury in week 1 last year.
Other victims include Marshall Faulk, Ray Lewis, Vince Young, Shaun Alexander ... and of course Michael Vick.
Good thing Saints fans don't believe in superstitions ...
UPDATE: Brees has already weighed in on the curse, saying "Destiny is more powerful than a curse. Whatever is meant to be will happen. Faith."