Hall of Famer Sapp Gets Arrested in Phoenix for Soliciting
In recent Oakland Raiders news, Former defensive tackle and Hall of Famer Warren Sapp got arrested on Monday on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute and allegedly assaulting two women, where he was taken into custody at a downtown Phoenix hotel and booked into jail, according to the Phoenix police department. A few hours after the word spread out the NFL Network announced that they have fired Sapp, who has worked there as an analyst for the network for over 7 years until this moment and was in Arizona for Sunday’s Super Bowl in suburban Glendale.
“Warren Sapp’s contract has been terminated and he no longer works for NFL Network,” spokesman Alex Riethmiller said in a statement released by the channel.
He made his initial appearance late Monday afternoon before a Phoenix Municipal Court judge and was released pending a Feb. 23 court date. Authorities said Sapp faces a maximum penalty of $2,500 in fines, six months in jail, three years’ probation and mandatory 15 days in jail if convicted on the prostitution charge. A tackle and defensive end, Sapp played in the NFL from 1995 to 2007 for Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders. He was a vital contributor for the Buccaneers as they went from also to Super Bowl champion after the 2002 season and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.
Either way Warren Sapp has had quiet a history with legal troubles around the Super Bowl. He was arrested the day before the Super Bowl in 2010 on a domestic battery charge, but prosecutors later dropped the case because of inconsistencies between the alleged victim’s statements and evidence, including surveillance video.
Despite making millions during his playing career, Sapp filed for bankruptcy in 2012 in Florida after owing more than $6.7 million to creditors and back child support and alimony. In Monday’s incident, Phoenix police officers working security at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown hotel were investigating a noise disturbance about 2:30 a.m. when they were contacted by a woman alleging she had been assaulted.
“The incident was alleged to have occurred in a guest room, after meeting in the lobby while she and another female were there as escorts,” said Sgt. Trent Crump, a police spokesman. “During a meeting in the room, an argument ensued, allegedly over money, and the altercation turned physical, spilling out into the hallway. During the investigation, detectives were able to establish that an act of prostitution occurred in the room by at least one of the females.”
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Crump said Sapp was taken to police headquarters and questioned, “and admitted involvement in the act of prostitution, but denied assaulting the females. Minor injuries consistent with a struggle were observed by investigators on both females.”
Police said Sapp was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on suspicion of soliciting prostitution and two counts of assault, both misdemeanor offenses. They said one woman was cited for prostitution and released. The other woman was later located at a hotel in nearby Peoria, cited for a violation of the city’s escort permit requirements and released. Their names weren’t immediately released.