Phoenix Police Dept.
UPDATE: Sapp has been charged with three domestic battery misdemeanors for biting his girlfriend, throwing her to the ground and stepping on her head. If convicted, he could serve up to 18 months in jail.
Warren Sapp was arrested early this morning in Phoenix, Ariz., for soliciting a prostitute and assault, E! News confirms. The 42-year-old former football player was in Phoenix covering the Super Bowl for the NFL Network.
According to law enforcement, police officers were contacted at around 2:30 a.m. by a female at a Phoenix hotel who alleged she had been assaulted when an argument about money turned physical. Police detained Sapp and questioned him, and during his interview he admitted his involvement in the act of prostitution. He denied assaulting any females at the scene. He was later transported to the Maricopa County Jail and booked on charges of soliciting prositution and two counts of assault.
The NFL Network confirmed to E! News that it has suspended Sapp indefinitely, without pay, “pending the outcome of the ongoing police investigation.”
The 42-year-old Dancing With the Stars alum has had a few run-ins with the law in the past, having previously been arrested for domestic battery in 2010, but those charges were eventually dropped. He was also arrested in 2014 for alleged domestic battery in Miami.
Sapp played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and even led them to a Super Bowl victory against the Oakland Raiders in 2002. He later ended up signing a big contract with the Raiders the following year. He continued to play in the NFL until 2008 when he announced his retirement via his personal website with two words: “I’M DONE!”
He was awarded multiple honors throughout his career, including Defensive Player of the Year and Big East Defensive Player of the Year. He was also voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.
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