Michele Bundy Accuses Shannon Sharpe of Sex Assault; CBS Analyst Steps Aside

Shannon Sharpe is taking a leave of absence from his post as an analyst at CBS' NFL Today show in light of a sexual assault allegation.

The former NFL tight end for the Denver Broncos was slapped with a temporary restraining order by Michele Bundy, who claims Sharpe forced her to have sex with him, threatened her life, and stalked her, according to court documents obtained by Sports by Brooks.

Sharpe said in a statement, "I've decided to step aside from the NFL Today" - the CBS Pregame Show - "until this matter is resolved."

Bundy's petition, which was filed on Thursday in Atlanta's Fulton County Superior Court, has been classified under the "family violence" category because she is caring for a child.

A hearing regarding the allegations is scheduled for September. 20.

Sharpe, who's being considered for the NFL Hall of Fame, hasn't been charged with a crime, nor has he been arrested.

LeslieAnne Wade, a spokeswoman for CBS Sports told Sports by Brooks, "We accept Shannon's decision. Beyond that, we decline to comment on a pending legal matter."


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