Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Former standout safety accused of rape

Former All-Pro safety Darren Sharper is being investigated for two sexual assaults in Los Angeles.

Former All-Pro safety Darren Sharper is being investigated for two sexual assaults in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES — Former NFL star safety Darren Sharper was arrested on suspicion of rape, the Los Angeles Police Department said Saturday.

Sharper, who played 14 seasons with Green Bay, Minnesota and New Orleans and was a six-time All-Pro, was arrested and released on $200,000 bail late Friday night. He faces a Feb. 14 court appearance.

Saturday afternoon, the NFL Network said it had suspended Sharper, 38, as an analyst.

The 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.

Meanwhile, the New Orleans Police Department said it is investigating an allegation of sexual assault filed against Sharper on Sept. 24. No details were disclosed.

Bucs complete staff

Bucs coach Lovie Smith filled the last opening on his staff, announcing the hiring of longtime NFL assistant George Warhop as offensive line coach.

Warhop, 52, spent the past five years as the Browns' offensive line coach. Before that, he spent four years coaching the 49ers' offensive line and had stints with the Cardinals (1998-2002) and Cowboys (2003-04). He got his start in the NFL as assistant offensive line coach with the Rams in 1996-97.

Jets QB incident: Jets quarterback Geno Smith was escorted from a Los Angeles airport terminal after a dispute with a flight attendant late Friday. According to espn.com, Smith was questioned by police and released with no arrest after a flight attendant yanked his headphones away from him after he refused to take them off while he was on the plane before takeoff. The report says Smith left the plane voluntarily and sought the police himself. The Jets said they are looking into the incident.

Titans: Ray Horton was hired as defensive coordinator. He had been the Browns' defensive coordinator this season and was new Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt's defensive coordinator in Arizona from 2011-12.

Vikings: Former Redskins, Raiders and Chargers coach Norv Turner will become offensive coordinator, cbssports.com reported. Last season, he was the Browns' offensive coordinator.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

Former standout safety accused of rape 01/18/14 [Last modified: Saturday, January 18, 2014 10:53pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Kids still playing for all the marbles — literally

    Human Interest

    In this world of pompous athletes, overbearing coaches, money-grubbing owners and a win-at-all-costs mindset, it's easy to become jaded.

    Eli Murphy, right, leans in to give Sierra Ricci the traditional king and queen kiss at the National Marbles Championship in Wildwood, N.J. Both of Allegheny County Pa., they won the girls and boys championship of the 94th annual National Marbles Tournament. [Associated Press]
  2. Lightning takes defenseman Cal Foote with top pick in draft

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — Former Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote said his son Cal lived in the locker room.

    Cal Foote, second from left, is welcomed to the Lightning by GM Steve Yzerman, far left.
  3. It's Rays' turn to pound Orioles pitching (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG - Ah, the fantastic four.

    The Rays smashed the reeling Orioles 15-5 on Friday, scoring a season-high in runs, to climb four games above .500 for the first time since July 1, 2015.

    Rays third baseman Evan Longoria scores on a triple by Logan Morrison during the first inning against the Orioles.
  4. Lightning journal: Plans set for 25th anniversary season

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — The Lightning revealed some of its plans for its 25th anniversary season Friday, including a ceremony to honor the 2004 Stanley Cup team.

    John Tortorella, in Tampa in 2014 for the 10-year Stanley Cup win party, will return next season for the team’s anniversary event.
  5. Rays designate catcher Derek Norris for assignment

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — C Derek Norris tied a career-high with three hits in Friday's 15-5 win against the Orioles then was designated for assignment after the game to make room on the 25-man roster for C Wilson Ramos.

    Derek Norris, right, celebrates with Logan Morrison as he scores in what could be his last game with the Rays.