By Kathy Finn
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - New Orleans police issued an arrest warrant on Thursday for former football star Darren Sharper, saying he is wanted as a suspect in two rapes, a week after he pleaded not guilty to charges of drugging four other women and raping two of them in Los Angeles.
Two women in New Orleans have accused Sharper, 38, and an acquaintance, Erik Nunez, 26, of raping them both at the same location on the night of September 23, 2013, according to a New Orleans Police Department statement.
Sharper's attorney, Nandi Campbell, said neither she nor her client had any comment. Police did not disclose any information on the possible whereabouts of Nunez or Sharper, who resides in Miami Beach, Florida.
Sharper, a defensive back who played 14 years in the National Football League and helped the New Orleans Saints to a Super Bowl title in 2010, pleaded not guilty to sexual assault and drug charges in Los Angeles on February 20.
According to Los Angeles prosecutors, Sharper drugged two women with spiked drinks and raped one of them in a hotel room in October, then drugged two more women and raped one of them at the same hotel in January.
He pleaded not guilty last Thursday to two counts of rape by use of drugs, four counts of furnishing a controlled substance, and one count of possession of a controlled substance.
The five-time Pro Bowl player, suspended from his job as an NFL Network on-air commentator after his arrest in January, was released on $1 million bail in Los Angeles.
Prosecutors had wanted to raise the bail amount even higher, to $10 million, citing sex crime investigations against him in Louisiana, Nevada, Arizona and Florida.
On the same day that Sharper appeared in Los Angeles court, police in Miami Beach released a report detailing a woman's allegation that the football star also raped her.
The woman told investigators she was intoxicated when she went to Sharper's condo in 2012 and fell asleep. When she woke up, she realized Sharper was having sex with her and left, according to the police report.
The woman reported the 2012 incident to Miami Beach police two days after Sharper was arrested in Los Angeles on January 17, police said. No charges in the case have been filed.
(Editing by Brendan O'Brien, Steve Gorman and Ken Wills) nL2N0LQ00Z