Darren Sharper's fall from grace is now complete.
At one time, Sharper was one of the most feared safeties in the entire National Football League, earning five Pro Bowl nominations and two First Team All-Pro nods during his career, while winning a Super Bowl in 2010 with the New Orleans Saints.
And now, Sharper has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after a shocking drugging and rape case.
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Sharper was accused of drugging and raping as many as 16 women across four states. He pleaded guilty or no-contest in federal court in New Orleans, and state courts in Louisiana, Arizona, California and Nevada.
Prosecutors had suggested a nine-year sentence for the 40-year-old, but that was deemed too lenient by the judge.
Drugging and Raping
Sharper’s voice thickened and broke as he said he apologized “a thousand times” to the women he abused and to his family and friends. “I lived my life right for 38 years and then I took this path,” he said. Sharper said he’s still trying to figure out why he did.
“They didn’t deserve anything being a part of my heinous decisions,” he said sobbing.
Sharper pleaded guilty in federal court to three counts of distributing drugs with rape as the aim.
Sharper, or his friend Brandon Licciardi, would put sedatives into women’s drinks so they could rape them, according to a 15-page statement that was signed as part of the plea.
He was working as an analyst for the NFL Network when women in several cities started reporting that they had blacked out while drinking with the former player then waking up to find that they had been sexually assaulted.