Former NFL star/TV analyst Shannon Sharpe announced that he would take a leave of absence from his CBS Sports gig amid reports that he stalked, sexually assaulted and threatened to kill a woman named Michele Bundy (pictures below), who was granted a temporary restraining order.
Shannon is not allowed to contact Michele or her immediate family and must stay at least 200 yards away from her at all times. The 42 year-old has not been arrested or charged with a crime yet, but he is scheduled for a hearing at the County Superior Court in Atlanta on Monday (September 20).
“I have decided to step aside from the NFL Today until this matter is resolved,” Sharpe said in a statement.
CBS Sports Senior Vice President of Communications LeslieAnne Wade said on behalf of the network: “We accept Shannonâ€™s decision and decline to comment further on a pending legal matter.”
According to legal documents, Michele claims Shannon forced her to have sexual relations with him and basically continuously stalked her with several phone calls to say â€œhe is watching herâ€. Shannon is also accused of threatening Micheleâ€™s life. These are some pretty serious accusations for someone who is currently being considered for induction in the Hall of Fame.
Shannon Sharpe & Michele Bundy Sexual Assault Scandal