Former NFL safety Darren Sharper is back in jail... and that's a good thing. The 49-year-old is facing 20 years in prison for rape and drug charges across Arizona, California and Louisiana — after admitting to his despicable crimes against multiple women.
Last year, he pleaded no-contest to raping two women in Los Angeles who he knocked out with Zolpidem, which is better known as Ambien. That's why Judge Jane Triche-Milazzo rejected his nine-year plea deal in February, claiming that it was too lenient.
But Sharper's lawyers managed to strike a global plea deal that will see him serve roughly nine years in prison, thanks to stipulations and credit for time served in L.A., where he's been locked up since 2014. He'll also get credit for his upcoming prison sentence in Louisiana, and will be transferred to that state after his federal case is resolved there.
Sharper is a two-time All-Pro and was named to the 2000s All Decade team, but his life took a turn for the worse after he retired from the league in 2011. He was working as an NFL network analyst when women in several cities began coming forward, claiming they'd blacked out while drinking with him and woke up groggy to find themselves drugged and raped. He fought the allegations for some time before admitting to his crimes. Sharper played for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints — winning a Super Bowl with the latter.