Don’t worry – the justice system isn’t done with Sharper just yet. He has three more states to face trials for sexual assault in.
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Former NFL safety Darren Sharper pleaded guilty to charges of sexual assault and attempted sexual assault and has been sentenced to nine years in prison.
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.
According to the Associated Press, the Arizona and California cases, combined with others in Nevada and Louisiana, are likely to lead to a long prison sentence that stretches well beyond the nine-years in Arizona.
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.