Sharper rape allegations stun Freeman

Weston Hodkiewicz
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Antonio Freeman greets the crowd as he is introduced at halftime of the Packers' Week 2 game against the Jets in 2014.

Like many of Darren Sharper's former teammates, ex-Packers receiver Antonio Freeman said he was stunned when he first learned about the sexual-assault allegations against the former All-Pro safety.

Sharper, who played his first eight NFL seasons in Green Bay, has been accused of drugging and raping nine women in four states over a six-month span from August 2013 to January 2014.

Last month, he agreed to plea bargains in Nevada, Arizona and Louisiana. He'll serve at least nine years in prison and reportedly will be subject to lifelong monitoring after his release.

"I'm definitely stunned," Freeman said. "That's not the guy that I remember being a teammate with. But things happen in life. It's very unfortunate, but I'm not speaking just for Darren Sharper, I'm speaking for the young ladies that were involved and taken advantage of. It's just very unfortunate.

"I have a daughter. I have a mother. I have a sister. Some things just aren't right. He'll deal with the legal system and his attorneys and all the things that go with that. Still wish him the best and also wish the best for those young ladies who were affected by that as well."

Extra points

■ Freeman has July 18 circled on his calendar for Brett Favre's induction into the Packers Hall of Fame.

Freeman, a 2009 inductee himself, spent all but one of his nine NFL seasons catching passes from Favre. The Packers Hall of Fame said it's expecting several of his former teammates in attendance for the event, which will be split between the Lambeau Field Atrium and stadium bowl.

"If my math serves me correctly, he and I combined for the most touchdown combinations, definitely as a Packer," Freeman said. "I think we were top 10 in the league. That's definitely something that's on my calendar. I'm looking forward to being a part of, looking forward to catching back up with Brett and a lot of other guys and alumni that are coming back."

■ Sean Richardson's one-year, $2.55 million contract includes a $1 million base salary (all guaranteed), $1.35 million signing bonus and a $200,000 reporting bonus due on the third day of training camp, according to a source with access to the NFLPA salary database.

The Packers remain $17,047,142 under the 2015 salary cap after Richardson and fullback John Kuhn's signings earlier this week.

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