Richmond Native Darren Sharper nominated for hall of fame despite rape convictions

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond native and NFL defensive star Darren Sharper is on this year’s list of nominees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

However, some people are saying that he shouldn’t be on the list.

Last month, Sharper was sentenced to 18 years in prison for drugging and raping as many as 16 women in four states.

Court records show he committed many of these crimes while playing in the NFL for othe Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints.

Darren Sharper headshot, as Minnesota Vikings safety (Associated Press)
Darren Sharper headshot, as Minnesota Vikings safety (Associated Press)

There is no “character clause” for an NFL player to be eligible for the Hall of Fame.

Sharper made the list of 94 nominees last year as well, but received no votes during the voting process.

He has since also been removed from the Hall of Fame at his alma mater William and Mary.

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