The phrase ‘when it rain it pours’ definitely rings true these days for former All-Pro NFL Darren Sharper.
A spokesperson for the NFL Network has confirmed that the contract for Darren Sharper has officially been terminated.
Sharper was suspended without pay from the network since the allegations of him being a serial rapist surfaced. To this day there are nine allegations in five different states. This past Thursday Sharper turned himself in to face a warrant issued in New Orleans.
We will keep you posted on the Darren Sharper case.
Jersey Girl Sports fam, I’m still in shock about this story. Jersey Girl Sports hottie and NFL analyst Darren Sharper has been arrested on suspicion of rape and three separate assaults.
According to ESPN.com:
The Los Angeles Police Department said Sharper was arrested and booked Friday and faces a Feb. 14 court appearance.
Really? He has to appear in court on Valentines Day for sexual assault charges? The irony….
Police say Sharper is being investigated for two sexual assaults which took place in Los Angeles. One allegedly took place earlier this month and another in October. A third case alleging assault was reported in New Orleans in September.
Sharper, an analyst on NFL network has been suspended without pay:
“Darren has been suspended without pay until further notice, effective immediately,” said Alex Riethmiller, a spokesman for NFL Network.
This is just unbelievable! The five-time pro-bowler is VERY easy on the eyes. He also appears to have a mannerable demeanor.After 14 seasons in the NFL virtually scandal-free, this is just shocking.
It seems the very contentious custody case involving NFL Hall-of-Famer and NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders and his estranged soon-to-be ex-wife Pilar Biggers has been resolved with Sanders coming out as the victor.
According to various media outlets, Sanders won full custody of his two sons, 11 and 13 he has with Biggers, and will have joint custody of their 9-year-old daughter. Like any nasty divorce, there were allegations on both sides with Pilar alleging that Sanders had both steroids and guns in their home. Despite her claims, a Dallas court ruled against her.
“I think the whole reason we’re here is not about kids, it’s about money. Let’s call it what it is,” said Sanders before the verdict was announced. “They refuted the pre-nuptial. We beat them in court regarding the children and we’re back. We’ll be back again [for] something else.”
I hope, at least for the sake of the children that this is over. It is hard for children to be caught in the middle of divorce.
At least for now, this has quieted down, and Deion Sanders is happy. In fact, he tweeted:
“Thanks to all who prayed for me and my children. The truth is what it is. Never doubt God. Truth.”
The truth is, when two people are involved, the truth usually lies somewhere in the middle.
I hope both Pilar and Deion can maintain civility.
It was bound to happen. Warren Sapp forgets his mic is on (or the audio guy forgot to turn it off) and he is heard cursing during the NFL Network for their once again discussion of newcomer Scott Pioli’s affiliation with New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick saying:
“It’s the same [expletive] spew (?) we had Mike Lombardi doing: The [expletive] Bill Belichick [expletive] angle.”
Watch: WARNING: THIS CLIP CONTAINS EXPLETIVES
Jersey Girl Sports fam, the number one rule in television, especially in broadcast television is “your mic is ALWAYS on”. It is this understanding that is supposed to keep on-air personalities in check and prevent them from saying something they would not want the public to hear.
Apparently Sapp didn’t get the memo.
In the meantime, the NFL Network issued an apology saying:
“Before we give you the news of the day, we want to offer an apology. Last night during some live programming, we accidentally aired an expletive. It will not happen again. So our sincerest apology to Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots, the Patriots family, Robert Kraft and his entire family. A classy organization out there. Once again, it’s not who we are, it’s not what we do and it will not happen again.”
Or at least we won’t be hearing it.
This just begs the question: If a Sapp makes a comment and nobody hears it, does he make a sound?
It seems rumors that Ray Lewis’ next career move would be behind a desk in front of a camera as an analyst were true. According to SI.com:
“at a launch event in New York City for a new ESPN Films documentary series, ESPN president John Skipper confirmed the hire when asked how comfortable he was with the possibility of Lewis as an NFL analyst. The Ravens linebacker will have a significant role next fall as an NFL analyst on the network’s Monday Night Countdown program and will also appear on Sunday NFL Countdown and SportsCenter.
This is not really a surprise Jersey Girl Sports fam. Deion Sanders hinted at this in Lewis’ post-Super Bowl game interview on NFL Network. While John Skipper confirmed Lewis’ position with the organization, an official announcement has not been made because the contract hasn’t actually been signed as of yet.
And what about Lewis’ past? Well, it’s in the past. It seems ESPN believes that people can change. Skipper said:
“Obviously, we decided we were comfortable with it. We must have because we did it. I will tell you we did remind ourselves of some of the issues. We sort of decided that the NFL welcomed him back into the fold and the fans welcomed him back into the fold. I think we are fine with second chances and we think he will make great television. Ultimately, we were comfortable with it.”
All in all Ray Lewis is a logical choice. He’s engaging, fun, and interesting to watch. Executives at all the major sports networks agreed saying:
“Ray Lewis has an intensity about him and a way of communicating that is very infectious,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said at the time. “He is a bigger-than-life personality, very articulate and [has] an incredible passion for the game. If Ray Lewis decided to take that same passion and put it into a broadcasting career, I think he would be a terrific studio analyst or, I imagine, game analyst, too.”
And we agree! It’s going to be great seeing Ray Lewis on TV during the NFL season.