Former NFL player Darren Sharper has been arrested in Los Angeles on two counts of rape, according to police.
The 38-year-old was booked at the Los Angeles County jail and released late Friday on $200,000 bail. A court date was set for February 14, said police spokeswoman Sally Madera.
Police says they are investigating whether Darren Sharper was involved in two sexual assaults, one occurred in October of 2013 and the second early this month in West Los Angeles.
The New Orleans police department (NOPD) is also investigating the ex NFL player in connection with a sexual assault on September 24, 2013.
Remi Braden, a spokesperson for the NOPD said:
“As with every case alleging sexual assault, information gathered is extremely sensitive and the top priority of the detectives is to protect the person who filed the complaint. Because this is an on-going criminal investigation, we cannot provide additional information at this time.”
At the same time, the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office confirmed it has received the official report from the NOPD and is still investigating the allegations.
“New Orleans police received a complaint from an alleged victim,” said DA spokesman Chris Bowman. “The police referred the case to our office for consultation. The matter is currently under investigation and we will make no further comment on any matter under investigation.”
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During his 14-years as a pro, Darren Sharper played for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, and New Orleans Saints.
He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers during the second round of the 1997 NFL draft.
After eight seasons with the Packers, including a loss to Denver in Super Bowl XXXII, Darren Sharper played for the Minnesota Vikings for four years.
He signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints in 2009, the year the team won the Super Bowl.
Plagued by injuries the second year with the Saints led to his retirement in 2011. Darren Sharper was chosen for the Pro Bowl five times during his career.
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Darren Sharper was suspended without pay by the NFL Network, where he works as an analyst.
“Darren has been suspended without pay until further notice, effective immediately,” said Alex Riethmiller, an NFL Network spokesman.
There has been no comment from Darren Sharper regarding the accusations.
[Image via Darren Sharper/Twitter]