Shannon Sharpe will step aside from broadcasting duties after Michele Bundy accused the former NFL great of forcing her to have sex and threatening her life.
The CBS Sports analyst and former tight end is taking leave from the network in light of these unsettling allegations leveled against him, according to reports.
Sharpe's accuser claims that he "forced [her] to have sex with him," "threatens her life" and "places her under surveillance and calls to say he is watching her."
(NOT) SHARPE SHOOTER: Shannon won three Super Bowl titles with the Broncos and Ravens. He's facing at least that many criminal complaints from Michele Bundy.
The petition for a restraining order against Sharpe was discovered on Friday, but Sharpe still appeared on TV two days later as part of CBS's weekend NFL coverage.
Sharpe joined CBS in 2004 after finishing a 13-year NFL career. At the time of his retirement, he held the all-time record for career receiving yards for a tight end.
It's worth noting that Sharpe has not been charged with a crime or arrested, but these are serious charges. Unlike the Ines Sainz story, this is no laughing matter.
** UPDATE: Officials in Fulton County, Georgia have dismissed the restraining order against Sharpe and there is no investigation pending.