Sharpe takes leave from CBS after assault allegation

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DENVER, Colo. -- Former NFL tight end Shannon Sharpe is reportedly taking a leave of absence from his analyst position with CBS following allegations of sexual assault.

According to The Denver Post, Sharpe announced in a statement his intention to step away from the NFL Today program. Sharpe has been accused of sexual assault by Michele Bundy in the case type of "family violence." Bundy has been granted a temporary restraining order by the Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta.

The Post reported Bundy alleged that Sharpe threatened her life and forced her into sex, adding that Sharpe has not been arrested or charged with a crime.

Sharpe played for Denver and Baltimore over 14 seasons in the NFL (1990-2003), earning eight Pro Bowl selections and being named All-Pro four times. A three- time Super Bowl champion, Sharpe ranks second all-time among tight ends in receiving yards (10,060) and touchdowns (62). He joined CBS Sports in May 2004.


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