ATLANTA - Shannon Sharpe appeared in court Friday on misdemeanor simple battery charges for removing the mother of one of his children from his home.
Erika Evans of Austell went to Sharpe's Atlanta home June 29 to pick up their son, but at some point during the visit Sharpe lifted Evans and removed her from his house against her will, according to the affidavit for Sharpe's arrest.
Sharpe retired after last season after 14 years in the NFL with Denver and Baltimore. He had 815 catches, most ever for a tight end.
His attorney, Craig Gillen, said Sharpe asked Evans to leave the house at least twice.
“Then Mr. Sharpe very appropriately and lawfully simply picked her up and gently put her outside of his home,” Gillen said.
Police came to the home at the time of the altercation and interviewed Sharpe and Evans but left without making an arrest, Gillen said. Court documents indicate that Evans filed charges July 13 — two weeks later — which is when Sharpe turned himself in and posted a $1,000 bond.
Atlanta police could not locate records in the case.
Evans is one of three women who have been in and out of Fulton County civil court with Sharpe since March 1994. The 10 court cases between Sharpe and the women include paternity and domestic matters.
Gillen wouldn't comment on whether past civil litigation prompted Evans to file the criminal charges. Neither Evans' attorney in the criminal matter, Charles Mathis, nor her attorney in the civil matters, Joyce Glucksman, immediately returned telephone messages left at their offices Friday by The Associated Press.
Sharpe's case was rescheduled to Wednesday in Fulton County Magistrate Court.
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