Former Pro Bowl safety Darren Sharper image

was arrested Friday in Los Angeles on suspicion of rape, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The 38-year-old Sharper was booked into the L.A. County jail and released late Friday on $200,000 bail. A court date was set for Feb. 14.

LAPD said it is investigating Sharper in connection with two sexual assaults that occurred in October and earlier this month in the West Los Angeles area.

The New Orleans Police Department said Saturday it also is investigating an alleged sexual complaint filed Sept. 24, 2013, against Sharper.

Remi Braden, a spokesperson for the NOPD said, “as with every case alleging sexual assault, information gathered is extremely sensitive and the top priority of the detectives is to protect the person who filed the complaint. Because this is an on-going criminal investigation, we cannot provide additional information at this time.”

Sharper made the Pro Bowl five times in his career.
Former Pro Bowl safety Darren Sharper was arrested Friday in Los Angeles on suspicion of rape, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The 38-year-old Sharper was booked into the L.A. County jail and released late Friday on $200,000 bail. A court date was set for Feb. 14.

LAPD said it is investigating Sharper in connection with two sexual assaults that occurred in October and earlier this month in the West Los Angeles area.

The New Orleans Police Department said Saturday it also is investigating an alleged sexual complaint filed Sept. 24, 2013, against Sharper.

Remi Braden, a spokesperson for the NOPD said, “as with every case alleging sexual assault, information gathered is extremely sensitive and the top priority of the detectives is to protect the person who filed the complaint. Because this is an on-going criminal investigation, we cannot provide additional information at this time.”

The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office also confirmed that it has received the official report from the New Orleans Police Department and is still investigating.

“New Orleans police received a complaint from an alleged victim,” said DA spokesman Chris Bowman. “The police referred the case to our office for consultation. The matter is currently under investigation and we will make no further comment on any matter under investigation.”

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

“Darren has been suspended without pay until further notice, effective immediately,” said Alex Riethmiller, an NFL Network spokesman. Read more at USA Today
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