Former #NFL Player Charged with Rape [ again ]
Someone told me that Darren Sharper was portrayed on the NFL Network as being one of the sexiest men in football. I didn't bother to verify that information, and I'm just going to assume that it's probably true. He's handsome, and he's a former NFL player, and most recently an analyst for the NFL Network, so why wouldn't he be? Yet, maybe the portrayal, assuming it was done failed to provide a totality of circumstances that would provide a true account of the whole person.
I'm not a big fan of presuming someone is guilty of a crime without hearing the actual evidence, and I think the national media does it's fair share of putting a person on trial, without really allowing for a complete unbiased accounting of events, but the details unfolding about Darren Sharper, seem to indicate he might have been involved in some risky business, that's for sure.
According to the District Attorney's office in Los Angeles, "Former pro football player Darren Sharper was charged today [ February 14, 2014 ] with drugging and raping two women, one in October and the other, last month." Deputy District Attorney Stacy Okun-Wiese with Major Crimes said Shaper is charged with two counts of rape by use of drugs, four counts of furnishing a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance, all felonies. [ http://da.lacountry.gov ]
The allegations, according to the Los Angeles Country District Attorney's Office, indicate that Sharper told them he had to stop by his Los Angeles hotel room to pick something up and invited both women up. While there, he allegedly gave each woman a shot. Each woman passed out and according to one of the alleged victim's accounts, she "woke up naked hours later with Shaper sexually assaulting her." The details of the account are not fully known, and since this is an ongoing investigation, it stands to reason that details are not fully released at this time. The District Attorney's office shared that on January 14th, Sharper met two other women at the same nightclub and invited them to a party. Apparently, he stopped at his hotel, offered them a shot, and the women passed out. Hours later, the women awoke and believed they were sexually assaulted.Sharper has pleaded 'not guilty' to the charges. Sharper's attorney says that she is hopeful her client will be fully exonerated, the pattern that seems to present is making me think it might not be a slam dunk to get him off.
What is leading me to think that there may be validity to the alleged victim's accounts, is that Sharper has been linked to raping several other women in other states including Arizona, Nevada, New Orleans, and Florida. Although no charges have been filed in other states yet, this does not mean that they won't be soon.
I'm having a hard time piecing a timeline together, and since the reports are coming in in dribs and drabs, I am doing my best to weed through the information and see if I can piece together a timeline showing what is alleged to have happened and when. I've read how Sharper was in New Orleans and apparently he was involved in doing some work supporting women, the day after he supposedly raped one. Or was it two? I admit I'm having trouble keeping track. So many alleged victims, and all seem to be telling the same story only the story happened in a different state to a different person, but the circumstances are frightfully similar.
Mr. Sharper surely has some explaining to do. According to reports I've read in USA Today [ January 18, 2014 ] he is alleging that these women wanted to have sex with him, and the acts were consensual. Additionally, the ingesting of drugs, also something they did voluntarily. How will the State of California, prove otherwise? What about the fact that the drugs seem to have been prescribed to Sharper? We'll learn more on April 15, 2014, when Shaper heads back to the courtroom for a preliminary hearing.
Until then, we can all watch to see what happens in the other states where there have been reports made against Sharper. Will he be charged in the other states? Sharper's attorney noted that there was no 'probable cause' to charge Sharper in these other states. Perhaps, not. Perhaps, not yet.
Like so many people in the United States I got my first education of our Criminal Justice system by watching cop shows on television. When I was a little girl, I loved mystery movies and mystery novels. I've probably seen every episode of Law & Order at least five times. As an adult, I eventually found my way to college and earned a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from American Intercontinental University, and then earned a Master's degree in Criminal Justice in 2009, from Boston University. I then went on to study Public Policy Administration, with a specialty in law and I'm midway through my earning a Doctorate of Philosophy. A lot of people thought I should be a lawyer. Yet, even though I had taken my LSATs, I never pursued law school. My scores weren't very good, to be honest with you. I'm not very good at standardized tests. Also, I don't think I knew which side I wanted to be on, and being an attorney wasn't what I wanted to be. My dream has been to teach, to inspire and to educate. So that's why I am working in the role I'm working in, I guess. I use my presence on Twitter to not only promote sports talk radio, but also share my views about issues that matter to me. Sadly, having an education in Criminal Justice, is something I find useful when working to share about news involving the NFL, but that's a topic for another article.
In addition to owning my own social media business, and writing for www.verysexysports.com, I work within the court systems, as a tutor in Drug Court, in the county where I live. I tutor young adults who have been charged with crimes associated with drug offenses, and my role is to help them earn their GED or High School Equivalency diploma. I have also sat on a board overseeing cases where children are removed from their homes. I've been involved in domestic violence cases, in the role of an advocate for mutual respect, being careful not to choose sides for either gender. Still with all I have learned about our Criminal Justice system, I still find the process fascinating, and ever changing. There is so much to know about the law and what gets accepted into evidence, and how difficult it is to prove a witness's credibility are all likely to factor in to the case against Sharper.
One thing that I would like to point about about the Sharper case, is the fact that the alleged victims may have put themselves in a position that they might have been able to avoid. That's not to say I fault anyone who is raped, but what I do think is that there needs to be a lot more done to be proactive in preventing victimization. Trust me, I'm not preaching. I've lived and learned, and I've definitely been at the wrong place at the wrong time, partly as a result of my own doing. Like the time I was on a business trip when I was younger, and my boss asked me to have drinks after the meeting. I was twenty-three years old, young and naive. I remember seeing him motion to the cocktail waitress to bring over another drink, and I felt that he might be trying to get me drunk, and that's the point where I think my intuition was kicking in.
What is it that prevents us from following our intuitive guide at times? The sway toward self-destructive behavior can be so alluring. The temptation and lure of what's really, not all it's cracked up to be. Of course, that's easy for me to say now that I'm no longer twenty-three. Sharper isn't in his twenties though. He's 38 years old. So assuming he did do these acts, what on earth would possess him to be so self-destructive and to be such a hypocrite?
I would like to see our education system do more to help educate young people about the importance of trusting their intuition. That good old,' sixth sense' that we so often ignore. I am going to take a break for a moment, and do some more research before I continue writing about this case. Tonight I will be a guest on a radio show, hosted by Pamela Michelle who many of you know as @SportyDiva, on Twitter. Eventually, I'd like to work in a role where I help youngsters learn to trust their intuition and follow that, when they sense danger. I'm not sure how my dreams of helping to educate others about individual risk management will tie into my work I'm doing on Twitter, but I suppose I've learned to follow my intuition and something tells me I'm at the right place at the right time, this time. Just the rest is still unwritten ....