Preliminary hearing for ex-NFL safety Darren Sharper delayed

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A preliminary hearing for former NFL safety Darren Sharper has been postponed until at least Friday.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor on Tuesday ordered Sharper to return to court on Friday for another hearing after attorneys on both sides requested a delay.

Sharper is awaiting a preliminary hearing during which prosecutors will lay out evidence in their rape case against the former All-Pro safety. The hearing may not begin until the following week.

Sharper has pleaded not guilty to drugging and raping two women in West Hollywood in 2013.

Sharper was selected All-Pro six times and chosen for the Pro Bowl five times. He played in two Super Bowls and was part of a successful championship run while with the New Orleans Saints.