"They didn't deserve anything being a part of my heinous decisions."
Former NFL player Darren Sharper was sentenced to 18 years in federal prison today for drugging and raping as many as 16 women in Louisiana, California, Nevada and Arizona.
"They didn't deserve anything being a part of my heinous decisions," he said sobbing. "I still don't know why I lived my life right for 38 years, and then I took this path."
Some of Sharper's victims began coming forward in 2014 while the former Saints, Packers and Vikings safety was working as an NFL analyst for the NFL Network. 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.
Sharper initially pleaded guilty to the charges and prosecutors suggested a nine year prison sentence, but a judge turned it down because that punishment was nowhere near long enough.