Former NFL star Darren Sharper was sentenced Thursday to more than 18 years in prison for drugging women in order to rape them — double the sentence recommended by prosecutors.
The former New Orleans Saints safety, jailed since February 2014, apologized and appeared chastened by his fall from grace.
"I would like to apologize a thousand times," the 40-year-old Sharper said. Later, he said, looking down and sighing, "I'm still trying to figure out why I made some of these choices."
His voice quivered and choked with emotion when he apologized to his parents.
One of Sharp's victims — the only one to speak at his sentencing hearing — rebuffed his...