Former Packers, Vikings and Saints safety Darren Sharper was sentenced to 18 years in prison for drugging and raping as many 16 women in Louisiana, California, Arizona and Nevada.
In addition to the sentence, which was 15 months short of the maximum punishment, Sharper was fined $20,000.
BREAKING: Ex-NFL star Darren Sharper sentenced to 18 years in prison. https://t.co/i1wFjdwBe3— The Associated Press (@AP) August 18, 2016
Sharper was working as an analyst for the NFL Network (after playing professional 14 seasons) when his victims began to come forward to the police and press criminal charges in 2014.
According to court documents, Sharper and a friend would put anti-anxiety drugs or sedatives in the victims' drinks so they could sexually assault them.
He pleaded guilty or no contest to the charges and prosecutors suggested a 9-year prison sentence, but Judge Jane Triche Milazzo decided that a longer one was more appropriate.
Sharper was a member of the Super Bowl XLIV-winning New Orleans Saints and the 1997 NFC Champion Green Bay Packers. He was also a five-time Pro Bowler, but he will now be remembered for his heinous crimes.