Darren Sharper was sentenced to 18 years in federal prison yesterday for his conviction on rape charges involving 9 victims in four states, but that number may actually be more like 16, according to the judge who sentenced him.
I always say we never really know these guys, but WE NEVER REALLY KNOW THESE GUYS. And nobody embodies that more than Darren Sharper.
6-time All-Pro, 5-time Pro Bowler, Super Bowl champion, serial rapist. Guy who transitioned from life on the field into work as an NFL analyst as well as anyone, yet was also drugging women and assaulting them as they were unconscious. All the while, being regarded, not as a good guy, but as a great guy, one of the best guys around. This is like something out of a movie – successful, respected, well-liked superstar by day, sociopathic serial rapist by night.
And now he’s looking at 18 years of hard time. That is a long stretch. And not long enough. Not when you’re convicted of doing the things that he was doing. Because what this guy was doing was sick and horrific.
Not good enough to have sex with another consenting adult, Darren Sharper preferred victims. Unconscious victims. That’s as messed up as it comes.
And he was serial. Doing it not just once and not even just in one city, but all over the country, in multiple states and multiple cities. And had a couple of guys who helped him. Like this was his thing. Meet a woman, drug her, rape her, and then go about his business the next day, analyzing football games. Monster. That sounds more like Hannibal Lector than the guy everyone thought they knew as Darren Sharper.
As long as I live, I’ll never understand this. And don’t get it twisted. This isn’t a guy who couldn’t get a date, this is a guy who wanted this situation. Who liked this. He was so disturbed that he enjoyed the power and the thrill that he got from raping an unconscious woman. And kept on doing it, even after he knew that one of the survivors was already talking to state and federal authorities. That survivor, who spoke in court during the sentencing, was one of two women Sharper drugged and raped on a night in September 2013, said this wasn’t a mistake, it was “a way of life for you and your friends.” And then added, “You can’t do what you did to me or any other girl and get away with it… Not under my watch.”
So impressive. That takes serious courage to confront a monster like that. And then she chased it with her final words to him: “Go to hell.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself.