Former NFL Player Darren Sharper Gets 9-Year Prison Sentence for Sexual Assault

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Former NFL player Darren Sharper sits in a Los Angeles courtroom during a bail hearing on March 24, 2014

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Ex-NFL player Darren Sharper has plead guilty to sexual assault and attempted sexual assault cases in a plea deal that was part of a “global resolution.”

The former safety, who most notably was part of the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl victory in 2010, was sentenced to nine years in federal prison. The sexual assault charges pertain to at least nine women in four states: California, Louisiana, Nevada, and Arizona.

Sharper has been held in a Los Angeles jail since Feb. 27, 2014.

The five-time All-Pro, who also played with the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings, worked with the NFL Network after retiring before the start of the 2011 season.

The disgraced athlete was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting women when they were unconscious after mixing a powerful sedative in their alcoholic beverages.