NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has told former NFL star Darren Sharper that courts can’t ignore the damage he inflicted on women, and on society at large.
The judge in New Orleans spoke as she sentenced Sharper to 18 years and four months in prison. She had earlier rejected a nine-year sentence under a plea deal, saying it was too short.
Sharper pleaded guilty in federal court to drugging three women so he could rape them. He has also pleaded guilty or no contest in four states, where he’s accused of drugging and raping as many as 16 women.
Before he was sentenced, Sharper and one of the women made emotional statements. Sharper said he had lived “right” for 38 years — before he “took this path.” The woman said Sharper was so arrogant and “twisted” that he kept attacking women even after he knew that he was being investigated.
Sharper played 14 seasons in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints.