Authorities: Darren Sharper arrested on charge of rape

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Police arrested former NFL defensive back Darren Sharper on Friday in Los Angeles and charged him with rape, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Sharper has been linked to two sexual assaults that occurred in the west Los Angeles area, police said Saturday. Investigators believe the assaults happened in October 2013 and January 2014.

Sharper, who played 14 NFL seasons at safety and was selected for five Pro Bowls, has worked as an on-camera analyst for NFL Network since 2012.

In a statement, NFL Network said "we are suspending Darren without pay until further notice, effective immediately." A spokesman for the network declined further comment saying "as matter of policy we do not comment on pending legal action."

Sharper was released on $200,000 bail late Friday night. The investigation is ongoing, police said.



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