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Arrest warrant issued for Darren Sharper in New Orleans

A warrant has been issued in Louisiana for the arrest of former NFL safety Darren Sharper, who is accused of raping two women last year in New Orleans.

Sharper already is charged with drugging and raping two women in Los Angeles and is being investigated for similar alleged crimes in three other states. Sharper has pleaded not guilty to the charges that he drugged and raped two women he met at a West Hollywood, Calif., nightclub.

New Orleans authorities said Thursday they had obtained warrants for Sharper and his acquaintance, 26-year-old Erik Nunez. The men each face two counts of aggravated rape for allegedly sexually assaulting two women inside an apartment on Sept. 23. If convicted in Louisiana, Sharper and Nunez face up to life in prison.

Sharper played in the NFL from 1997 to 2010, mostly with the Green Bay Packers. His attorneys have said he will claim that any sexual contact was consensual.

Sharper had been an on-camera analyst for NFL Network since 2012. He remains suspended by the network.

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