*The woman who took out a restraining order against NFL analyst Shannon Sharpe says she’s been in an “intimate relationship” with the former NFL player since 2002 and feared payback if she didn’t drop the order days later.

TMZ spoke to Michele Bundy, who says she decided to cancel the temporary order of protection against Sharpe out of “fear of retribution,” adding that she and her child “felt our lives were in more danger with [the restraining order] in [place].”

Bundy had previously told police that Sharpe “forced [her] to have sex with him” and threatened her life earlier this month. However, officials in Fulton County, Georgia tell TMZ Sharpe was not arrested and is not being investigated.

Sharpe is denying the allegations and has announced he will “step aside” from his analyst job at CBS’ “NFL Today” until the matter is resolved.