A bad day gets worse for Darren Sharper as the former All-Pro will now be in jail until his late-50s.
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In an ugly yet impressive play of legal maneuvering, former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper will serve twenty years in prison concurrent with his eight-and nine-year sentences for rape in Nevada and Arizona respectively.
According to the New Orleans Advocate, Sharper pleaded guilty to charges in New Orleans and accepted a deal of 20 years in prison that he will serve concurrently with two plea deals he reached in Nevada and Arizona earlier today.
Sharper was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting women in four states. On Monday, Sharper changed his plea in Phoenix, Arizona from not guilty to guilty and will face another plea change in California court as well. In each state, he’s accused of drugging and sexually assaulting women when they were unconscious or otherwise unable to resist or consent.
Sharper played 14 seasons in the NFL, eight with the Green Bay Packers, four with the Minnesota Vikings and two with the New Orleans Saints. He was a five-time Pro Bowler and six-time All-Pro selection, and was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2000s. He led the NFL in interceptions twice, led the league in interception return yards three times and led the league in INT-TDs three times. His 13 career defensive TDs are 5th in NFL history, his 63 career INTs are 7th, his 1,412 interception return yards rank 3rd, and his 11 INT-TDs rank 2nd in NFL history.
Sharper’s last NFL game was in 2010, in a season with the Saints that was cut short with one game played due to a knee injury. He retired from the NFL at the end of the season.