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Former Viking Darren Sharper Faces Rape Allegations

Updated: 01/20/2014 5:08 PM
Created: 01/20/2014 11:04 AM KSTP.com
By: Nick Tabbert

Former Vikings safety Darren Sharper faces two rape charges in Los Angeles, police said on Saturday. According to multiple reports, Sharper was arrested Friday and released on $200,000 bail. He is expected to appear in court on Feb. 14, according to county jail records.

According to USA Today and CNN, the New Orleans Police Department is also investigating Sharper's involvement in an alleged sexual assault that took place in New Orleans on September 24.

Sharper, who played 14 seasons with the Vikings, Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints, was suspended without pay by the NFL Network, where he works as an analyst.

Acquired by the Saints prior to the 2009 season, Sharper helped fuel an opportunistic defense that helped the team win the Super Bowl. Sharper had nine interceptions that season, three of which he returned for touchdowns.

In 2010 Sharper only played in 8 of 16 games though and did not have any interceptions. That was the last year of his career.

Sharper, 38, was named to five Pro Bowls and was a two-time All-Pro. He was named to the NFL All-Decade Team for the 2000s.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Darren Sharper played four seasons with the Vikings.
Photo: Seattle Times

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