New Orleans Saints Remove Convicted Serial Rapist Darren Sharper’s Image from Outside Stadium

© Pool/Getty Images The New Orleans Saints took down an image featuring Darren Sharper from outside their stadium.
© Pool/Getty Images The New Orleans Saints took down an image featuring Darren Sharper from outside their stadium.

In a move that is an absolute no-brainer, the New Orleans Saints organization has decided it needs to dissociate itself even further from admitted serial rapist Darren Sharper. The unfortunate aspect of it for the team is that he is related to an iconic and celebrated image from the team’s Super Bowl XLIV championship. 

A banner located in Champions Square outside of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome features the image of Sharper raising a finger in celebration after Tracy Porter clinched the victory with a late-game interception of Peyton Manning in New Orleans’ 31-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Saints senior vice president of marketing and business development Ben Hales summarized the decision as follows, via the New Orleans Advocate: “It’s common sense. We don’t even want the perception that that’s an individual we’re celebrating.”

Hales expressed some modicum of regret that such an iconic image has to be taken down, a move that is part of a plan to have the entertainment square outside the stadium “freshened up.”

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Source: Sportress of Blogitude | Yardbarker / Jason Rowan

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