When thinking back to some of the greatest defensive players of the past decade, of course one of the first that comes to mind has to be safety Darren Sharper. After all, he was selected to the NFL’s All-2000’s team for a reason. With 635 tackles, 63 interceptions and 11 of those picks returned for touchdowns, Sharper was absolutely one of the best players of his generation.
Unfortunately, his legacy may not go down in history as one he originally had thought when he retired following the 2010 campaign.
Sharper was arrested Friday on suspicion of rape as well as being investigated for three separate sexual assault cases. The Los Angeles Police Department says that Sharper faces a February 14th court appearance. His most recent sexual assault case came from earlier this month, while the other two occurring back in September and October of 2013.
The five-time Pro Bowl selection has worked with NFL Network since retiring in 2010, but now faces suspension from his career after football.
“Darren has been suspended without pay until further notice, effective immediately,” said Alex Riethmiller, an NFL Network spokesperson, according to ESPN.
As many athletes have faced in the past, a single accusation wouldn’t normally be a big deal. But, Sharper is facing three separate cases including a case of possible rape. There is no denying that Sharper has done something out of the ordinary, and should be punished accordingly.
The sad part about it, is that his name will be forever linked to these cases. He’ll be remembered as a phenomenal player, but one that ultimately wound up doing some pretty serious things and paying the penalty for them.