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Former NFL safety Darren Sharper was arrested Friday on felony charges in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

TMZ reported that Sharper was arrested on suspicion of rape. He was connected to sexual assaults in October 2013 and earlier this month.

Sharper, 38, was booked into Los Angeles County jail and later released on a $200,000 bond. He is due in court Feb. 14.

Sharper is an analyst for NFL Network, which suspended him without pay Saturday.

A Louisiana woman filed a separate sexual assault complaint against Sharper in 2013, accusing him of criminal misconduct, New Orleans TV station WDSU reported.

According to the report, an incident between Sharper and the alleged victim took place at a private residence in New Orleans' Warehouse Distrit.

"The NOPD is investigating an allegation of sexual assault filed against Darren Sharper," the New Orleans Police Department said in a statement. "As with every case alleging sexual assault, information gathered is extremely sensitive and the top priority of the detectives is to protect the person who filed the complaint. Because this is an ongoing criminal investigation, we cannot provide additional information at this time."

Sharper played 14 seasons in the NFL. He played for the Green Bay Packers (1997-2004), Minnesota Vikings (2005-08) and New Orleans Saints (2009-10).

Sharper was a two-time First Team-All-Pro, named to five Pro Bowls and selected to the NFL 2000's All-Decade Team.

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