LOS ANGELES — Former Green Bay Packers safety Darren Sharper has been charged in Los Angeles with drugging and raping two women, prosecutors said Friday.
Sharper appeared in court on Friday but a judge postponed his arraignment until Feb. 20 at request of defense attorneys, who said their client will be exonerated.
Sharper was to have been arraigned on two counts of rape by use of drugs, four counts of furnishing a controlled substance, and one count of possession of a controlled substance, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
The complaint alleges the controlled substances were morphine and zolpidem, which is sold under the brand name Ambien.
Sharper, 38, played in the NFL from 1997 to 2010. He was the Packersí second-round draft choice in 1997 and played for them through 2004. He played with the Minnesota Vikings from 2005 to 2008 and the New Orleans Saints in 2009 and 2010.
Prosecutors said Sharper met two women at a West Hollywood nightclub on Oct. 30, invited them to a party and stopped at his hotel room.
He is accused of giving a shot of alcohol to each of the women before they passed out. One woman told investigators she woke up naked hours later with Sharper sexually assaulting her. The other woman awoke and "interrupted his actions," according to the criminal complaint.
On Jan. 14, Sharper met two other women at the same nightclub and invited them to a party. On the way, he invited both to his room and offered them shots before they passed out, prosecutors said.
When they woke up early the next day, one woman believed she had been sexually assaulted, the complaint said. Both women left his hotel and sought medical treatment.
Sharper was arrested on Jan. 17. He was allowed to remain free on $200,000 bail but was ordered to surrender his passport.
Prosecutors want his bail raised to $10 million because the Miami, Fla., resident faces similar investigations in Arizona, Nevada and Louisiana.
If convicted in the California case, he could face more than 30 years in state prison.
Sharper was selected All-Pro six times and chosen for the Pro Bowl five times. He played in two Super Bowls, one with the Packers as a rookie and a second with the Saints.