“Shannon Sharpe is taking a leave of absence from his post as an sports analyst at CBS’ NFL Today show in light of a sexual assault allegation.
The former NFL tight end for the Denver Broncos was slapped with a temporary restraining order by Michele Bundy, who claims Sharpe forced her to have sex with him, threatened her life, and stalked her, according to court documents obtained by Sports by Brooks.
According to legal documents obtained by Brooks, Bundy was allegedly “forced to have sex with him.” The restraining order petition also says: “He repeatedly calls and threatens her life. Places her under surveillance and calls to say he is watching her.”
Sharpe said in a statement, “I have decided to step aside from the NFL Today” – the CBS Pregame Show – “until this matter is resolved.”
Bundy’s petition, which was filed on Thursday in Atlanta’s Fulton County Superior Court, has been classified under the “family violence” category because she is caring for a child.
A hearing regarding the allegations is scheduled for Sept. 20.
Sharpe, who is being considered for the NFL Hall of Fame, has not been charged with a crime, nor has he been arrested.