Darren Sharper, the former safety for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after he was found guilty of multiple rape charges across various states in the country. In total, he was accused of raping a dozen women, nine of which he was found guilty of.
Sharper's sentencing was held in Los Angeles, the same city where he drugged and raped two women in 2013. According to Yahoo! Sports, the 41-year-old former professional football player was arrested in 2014 in Los Angeles under the suspicion of sexual assault.
According to one of his victims, she was introduced to Sharper by a mutual friend. While they were together, Sharper asked her to go with him to his hotel to retrieve a personal belonging. However, as she was inside his hotel room, Harper gave her a drink which he allegedly laced with a rape drug.
The following morning, the victim said she woke up naked with the former football star on top of her. After the woman filed the police report against Sharper, two other victims from Los Angeles came forward to share the same ordeal with the athlete. This prompted the city's law enforcers to issue an arrest warrant on Sharper.
Aside from the women he drugged and raped in Los Angeles, Sharper was also found guilty of several charges filed by victims from Louisiana, Nevada and Arizona.
On Tuesday, Sharper was found guilty of the charges filed against him and has been ordered to spend two decades in jail. Some of his victims were also given the opportunity to speak out against Sharper during the hearing.
"The only good thing about this situation is that this disgusting low-life human will be sent to prison for many years and is likely he will never be able to do this to another woman again," one of the victims said. "I hope this scumbag will now feel as worthless as he has made me feel."
Sharper, who was working as an NFL analyst when he committed the crimes, told the court that he wanted to "apologize a thousand times" to his victims.