Ex-NFL Star Sharper Surrenders To Police On Rape Charges

Source: Andrew Blankstein / NBC News

Former New Orleans Saints star and NFL Network commentator Darren Sharper voluntarily surrendered to police late Thursday after they issued an arrest warrant for the alleged rapes of two women last year in the city’s Central Business District earlier that day, a source familiar with the case told NBC News.

An acquaintance of Sharper, Erik Nunez, 26, also is facing charges in the rapes of women, which police said occurred in September 2013.

Both men are wanted on two counts of aggravated rape. A conviction of aggravated rape in Louisiana carries a sentence of “life imprisonment at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence,” the department said.

Earlier this month, Los Angeles County prosecutors charged Sharper, who played 14 seasons as a safety in the NFL for three different teams, with seven felonies in connection with two separate incidents in Los Angeles in which he’s accused of drugging and raping women he met at nightclubs. At the time, they stated that Sharper was under investigation for similar assaults in other states. Law enforcement officials and prosecutors say he also is being investigated in connection with crimes in Arizona and Florida.

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