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Former Saints safety and Super Bowl champion Darren Sharper sentenced to 9 years in prison


Unless you live under rock, I’m willing to bet everybody is familiar with the controversy that has surrounded former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper since January of 2014, a day when criminal charges for sexual assault began to poor in on the five-time Pro Bowl defensive back.

The charges were filed in four different states — Arizona, California, Louisiana and Nevada — eventually leading to his termination as an analyst from NFL Network.

I won’t get into any explicit detail, as I’m sure most people are already accustomed to the stories.  But on Monday, Darren Sharper plead guilty to the charges in Arizona and was sentenced to nine years in prison by the Maricopa County Superior Court.

He still faces the allegations of drugging and raping women in New Orleans, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.  His attorney said Sharper is expected to enter his plea deal in Los Angeles on Monday as well — he’s currently being held in jail there.

Darren Sharper, 39, spent 14 years in the NFL, playing for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and most recently in New Orleans, where he helped lead the Saints to a Super Bowl title with an All-Pro performance on defense.

Before all of the charges, Sharper was a lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, totaling 942 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 63 interceptions (No. 7 all-time), 11 touchdowns and 101 passes defended.  However, that’s now out of the window after being found guilty.

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