Arrest Warrant Issued For Former Saints Player Darren Sharper
The allegations of rape surfaced last year.
WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter reports a second man has also been accused in the New Orleans case.
Former Saints star Darren Sharper has suffered another devastating blow, in the string of criminal allegations against him.
New Orleans Police announced Thursday that they have an arrest warrant for Sharper.
The 38-year old is accused of raping two women at a Central Business District apartment last fall after a night of drinking at a New Orleans area bar.
“He’s not indicted or anything,” sports fan Doron Brown said. “It’s just ashamed I feel bad, it’s just a bad situation for him.”
Investigators say not one, but two women were allegedly sexually assaulted by the 14-year NFL veteran; inside the same apartment the night of September 23rd.
And they weren’t alone.
An arrest warrant has also been issued for Erik Nunez.
New information alleges Sharper’s 26-year old acquaintance also allegedly raped both women the same night, and at the same location.
Trotter asked sports fan Myer Stabinsky, “Are you at all surprised? I’m very surprised,” he replied.
“I think when you make the salary of a professional football player it’s very easy to claim rape later on,” sports fan Keith Nunez said.
The arrest warrants are the first major developments in the New Orleans allegations that are coupled with others from several cities.
Each claim follows a pattern of alleged drugging, followed by sexual misconduct.
Sharper was arrested and pleaded not guilty to charges in Los Angeles, and there are criminal cases pending in Las Vegas and Tempe, Arizona.
The string of allegations no doubt tarnishes the legacy of the player who helped lead the Saints to Super Bowl victory.
“He had a great career, now that this is going on it’s taking over basically washing out everything that he did,” Brown said.
An attorney for Sharper has not publicly commented on the arrest warrant, late Thursday.
Both Sharper and Nunez are wanted on two counts of aggravated rape.
The investigation continues and more arrests are possible.