Former NFL star Darren Sharper has been sentenced to 18 years in prison in a case in which he was accused of drugging and raping as many as 16 women in four states.
Sharper had pleaded guilty in federal court in New Orleans to drugging three women so he could rape them. He also has pleaded guilty or no contest in state courts in Louisiana, Arizona, California and Nevada to charges arising from allegations of drugging and raping women.
He’s really taking a page out of the Bill Cosby handbook. Darren, you were a great NFL player. You can’t get laid with all the millions of dollars and fame you got from being an NFL player? What the hell is wrong with you?
Some NFL Players feel like it is their right to just take a woman sexually. Some of them even pay for women to be with them. In this situation, Sharper felt like he had to drug women to get them to sleep with him. This is truly pathetic. As a person who is not an NFL athlete and who has never made anywhere close to $1 million a year, I can attest that I have had no trouble getting laid. I’m not saying i’m a modern Cassanova. I’ve spent many nights alone. But I never resorted to drugging women who wouldn’t sleep with me. It seems that way too many men in our culture think that this is acceptable. If a lady says “no” she means no. She doesn’t mean; “Not in my sober state. Why don’t you fill me full of narcotics so that i can’t function and give it the old college try.”
Doesn’t this guy know any funny jokes or pick-up lines? Take a lady to dinner or compliment her shoes next time. Sharper apparently would have drinks with the women who would then wake up feeling groggy and find that they had been sexually assaulted.
Sharper’s rapes all occurred between the years 2011 and 2014 when Sharper was out of the league. He said he continued to rape women much after he knew at least one of his former victims had already been talking to authorities.
“I would like to apologize a thousand times,” Sharper said. “I’m still trying to figure out why I made some of these choices. … I lived my life right for 38 years, then I took this path.”
Sharper will be sentenced on Aug. 25 in Louisiana state court.