- Last Updated: 4:15 PM, September 13, 2010
- Posted: 2:08 AM, September 13, 2010
When Shannon Sharpe caught passes for the Broncos and Ravens he would turn toward the crowd and cameras and flex his suspiciously enormous biceps and triceps. Now, it's alleged, the studio regular for CBS' coverage of the NFL regularly used those arms to shove women around.
A woman named Michele Bundy, believed to be Sharpe's girlfriend, was granted a temporary restraining order against him on Thursday in Atlanta's Fulton County Superior Court. The dispute has been classified as a "family violence" case, though it is not known why Bundy filed for the restraining order.
Sharpe not only appeared on CBS' pregame show yesterday, but the network seemed eager to provide him the benefit of all doubts. CBS made it clear that no police charges have been filed, and that Sharpe is highly regarded among staffers.
But it seems as if someone in a position to know opened the police book on Sharpe late last week. Since 1994, it also was reported, 10 civil complaints have been filed against him in Fulton County, all by women, including a battery charge by the mother of one of his children. That charge was later dropped after mediation.
Sharpe also is involved in a child support case in another Georgia jurisdiction.
If even partially true, this all makes you wonder if CBS did its homework six years ago when it hired Sharpe, or whether the network just liked the fact that he was a talkative, accomplished player who flexed his muscles for the cameras. In TV, that's often all it takes.
'HD Experience' def not for everyone
Those without HD TV who were supposed to have enjoyed FOX's "HD Experience" while watching yesterday's NFL action on non-HD sets more likely were left annoyed.
Throughout the Giants-Panthers game, the non-HD picture, as carried by cable and FIOS systems, would strobe, shimmy and blur. The game seemed to have been shot from a nearby planet or a faraway blimp. Or was this produced to help sell PSLs?
But other things seemed to be in midseason form. FOX color man Moose Johnston, for example, didn't deliver his first windy speech until just before the first play from scrimmage.
Comic Frank Caliendo , as Jay Leno on FOX's pregame show: "The Bengals now have Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco . They're the only team that will be starting two self-centers."
Caliendo then picked the Texans to beat the Colts.
So Eli Manning throws a pile of passes that are dropped or tipped, then intercepted. No problem, in two weeks that will all be forgotten as experts draw erroneous conclusions from his low quarterback rating.Follow @NYPostsports