Michele Bundy Files Restraining Order Against Shannon Sharpe
For Denver Broncos All-Pro tight end is famous for a his football prowess. He's also famous for his mouth, offering a plethora of brash quotes such as: "I've got a better chance of winning the Kentucky Derby on the back of a donkey than they have of winning the Super Bowl with Kyle Boller." Sharpe was an eight time Pro Bowler and won back-to-back Super Bowls in 1998 and 1999, before winning a third super bowl with the Baltimore Ravens in 2001.
Despite the fact that one would be hard pressed to call Sharpe a gifted public speaker, he managed to land a recurring role on CBS Sports 'The NFL Today' in May 2004, appearing on their weekly pre and post-game NFL programs. However, that job is now being placed on hold after Sharpe allegedly sexually assaulted Michele Bundy.
Bundy was granted a temporary restraining order from Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta. The restraining order came was filed under the category of "family violence." Michele Bundy is alleging that Sharpe threatened to kill her and forced her to have sex with him. Fulton County Superior Court will hear the case on Monday. In the meantime, Shannon Sharpe announced that he will step away from 'The NFL Today' until the matter is resolved.
A temporary restraining order (TRO) is a legal motion frequently filed by a person alleging domestic violence. However in this case it appears that there was never a police report regarding the violence. That in of itself does not mean that the alleged violence never happened, but it could impact the credibility of the allegations. When a TRO is issued, the alleged abuser is usually required to stay a certain distance away from the victim, such as 100 yards. One who violates a TRO can be charged with contempt of court and face arrest.
- Domestic Violence: Orders of Protection and Restraining Orders (FindLaw)
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- What is a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO)? (FindLaw's Law and Daily Life)
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