CBS sports analyst Shannon Sharpe has removed himself from his position on NFL Today following the news of a temporary restraining order being filed against him. Michelle Bundy has accused the former NFL player of sexually assaulting her. Sharpe, who played for the Denver Bronco’s and Baltimore Ravens, is being considered for the Hall of Fame. Charges have not been filed against Sharpe, and there have been no arrests made. Sharpe has voluntarily stepped away from his role at NFL Today “until this matter is resolved.”
Sex scandals have rocked the world of sports for years; the question is, will Sharpe be stepping out of the Hall of Fame light and into the hall of shame limelight to follow in the footsteps of numerous other high profile sports “legends” before him have?
Graham James, named by the hockey news as man of the year in 1989, and NHL coach served 3 1/2 years in prison after being convicted of sexually abusing several of his players. Theoren Fleury, former NHL star, admitted James had abused him, which led Fleury to the premature ending of his pro career, as well as fueled his chronic drug and alcohol abuse.
James resigned during the 1996-97 season when he was accused, charged and sentenced on 350 counts of sexual assaults against two NHL players. In 1999, a civil lawsuit was filed against James by an unnamed victim. The case was settled out of court in 2003. In April of 2010, word got out that James had been given a pardon by the Canadian National Parole Board in 2007. The news of the pardon was sparked by another allegation of a man who had brought abuse charges against James.
Mark Chmura, a former Green Bay Packers tight end, was accused of having sex with a 17-year-old babysitter in April 2000. Chmura was tried but found not guilty on the charges of child enticement and third-degree assault. Chmura’s response was that a married man should not have been at a “post prom party.” Chmura currently hosts a Packers Sunday morning pre-game show on ESPN in Milwaukee, is a partner in a real estate business and does work for the law firm that represented him in the child enticement and assault case.
Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, was named in a civil suit July 2009 for sexually assaulting Andrea McNulty in Lake Tahoe, inJune of 2008. Roethlisber,was also investigated in Milledgeville, Georgia, in 2010 for sexual assault. Roethlisber was not formally charged with either allegation, however, the allegations in March 2010 have resulted in Roethlisber being suspended for four games, originally six. The suspension was placed due to the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
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