Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Former NFL safety Sharper accused of rape in New Orleans

ARREST WARRANTS were issued yesterday for former NFL safety Darren Sharper and another man, accusing them of raping two women in New Orleans last year.

Sharper also is under investigation in sexual assault cases in Florida, Nevada and Arizona and has pleaded not guilty to rape charges in Los Angeles.

The Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office and New Orleans Sex Crimes detectives obtained the warrants for Sharper, 38, and Erik Nunez, 26. Each faces two counts of aggravated rape, Remi Braden, a police department spokeswoman, said in a news release.

Braden said the two women were allegedly raped at the same location on Sept. 23.

"New information uncovered also indicates that Nunez also allegedly raped both women that night at the same location," she said.

Sharper's New Orleans-based attorney, Nandi Campbell, and attorney Leonard B. Levine, who represents Sharper in the California case, did not immediately return telephone calls seeking comment.

Braden said she did not know whether Nunez had an attorney.

The assault investigation in New Orleans is ongoing and additional arrests are possible, she said.

If convicted in the California case, Sharper could face more than 30 years in state prison. If convicted of aggravated rape in Louisiana, both Sharper and Nunez would face life imprisonment.

Sharper was selected All-Pro six times and chosen for the Pro Bowl five times. He played in two Super Bowls, one with the Green Bay Packers as a rookie and a second with the New Orleans Saints.

Sharper retired after the 2010 season, having played 14 years in the NFL. He is an analyst for the NFL Network, which has suspended him indefinitely and without pay.



* The agent for cornerback Brandon Browner told two media outlets that he intends to sue the NFL, challenging a decision that has Browner suspended indefinitely. Browner started eight games for Seattle last year being injured and then being suspended for using marijuana. He now is an unrestricted free agent.

The NFL determined that Browner was a Stage 3 offender that made him eligible for a 1-year suspension because he had not submitted to tests during the time when he played in the Canadian Football League from 2007-10.

Browner's agent, Peter Schaffer, has contended that Browner did not receive sufficient notification of the tests. An earlier appeal was denied by the NFL.

* Baltimore terminated the contracts of three-time Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach and linebacker Jameel McClain.

* San Francisco offensive lineman Daniel Kilgore agreed to a 3-year contract extension through 2017.

* Washington re-signed defensive lineman Chris Baker to a 3-year, $12 million contract.

* The Chicago Bears say they have agreed to a 1-year contract with center Roberto Garza.

* The Buffalo Bills and New York Giants will kick off the NFL preseason in the Hall of Fame game, Aug. 3 in Canton, Ohio.


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