NEW ORLEANS (AP) A federal judge has rejected a plea deal in the drug and rape case against former NFL star Darren Sharper, saying the possible nine-year sentence doesn't reflect the seriousness of his alleged crimes.

U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo said Thursday that Sharper must decide before a sentencing hearing next month whether he wants to withdraw his guilty plea.

Sharper had pleaded guilty as part of a deal involving charges in four states. He also has pleaded guilty or no contest to similar charges in state courts in California, Arizona, Nevada and Louisiana.

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His attorneys declined comment as they left the courtroom.