Court Rejects Sharper's Bid For Workers' Comp

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A state appeals court has ruled against embattled former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper in his bid to receive workers' compensation from his former team.

         The New Orleans Advocate’s Jim Mustian reports a three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal, upholding a lower court's ruling, said this week that Sharper waited too long to file his claim seeking supplemental earnings benefits.

         The case turned on a dispute over whether the money Sharper earned after hurting his knee in 2009 should be considered regular wages or so-called payments in lieu of compensation.

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         Sharper hurt his left knee in November 2009 during a home game against the Carolina Panthers.

         He retired in late 2011.

         Sharper, who has been accused of rape in several states, remains jailed in Los Angeles.

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