NFL Hall of Famer and NFL Network Warren Sapp Arrested For Solicitation of Prostitution & Assault (Update: Sapp Sacked … NFL Network Fire Sapp)
Yet another black eye for the NFL … Maybe current and former NFL player should just avoid being awake in hotels after 1 AM …
NFL Hall of Famer and current NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp has been arrested in in Arizona early Monday morning at the Renaissance Hotel for solicitation of prostitution and assault. According to reports, two women were at the hotel “as escorts” (aka prostitutes) and went to Warren Sapp’s room, where an argument broke out over money. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Sapp had been arrested. The police picked up Sapp at the hotel early Monday morning and charged him with the two misdemeanors.
As reported by TMZ, RUT-ROH, this can’t be good, the NFL Network has removed Sapp’s bio from the official “On-Air Talent” section of the website. Sapp has also been suspended indefinitely from the NFL Network without pay pending the outcome of the investigation … so says NFL Network spokesman Alex Riethmiller.
William Pitts of NBC 12 in Phoenix reports that the Phoenix police say they were called to Sapp’s room at a hotel when a woman reported an assault. There were two women in the hotel room and there was an argument going on over money.
“While there [Sapp] was questioned and admitted involvement in the act of prostitution, but denied assaulting the females,” police said.
TMZ reports both women received citations — one for prostitution, the other for a violation of the City’s escort permit requirements — and were released. They also reportedly received injuries “consistent with a struggle.”
Sapp has been suspended indefinitely from his job at NFL Network.
UPDATE I: Not the First Time Sapp has been in trouble.
Sapp was arrested February 6, the day before Super Bowl XLIV, for allegedly choking a woman in his Florida hotel room. Sapp was also arrested for an alleged domestic battery in Miami in 2014.
Sapp was arrested Feb. 6, the day before Super Bowl XLIV, for allegedly choking a woman in his Florida hotel room. At the time, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders player was working for the NFL Network as an analyst on its Super Bowl coverage, but was pulled off the air when his arrest came to light.
Sapp, who was not present in court Wednesday when the charge was dropped, said via text message: “The State Attorney’s office declined to file charges. BS is over!”
UPDATE II: Sapp Sacked … Warren Sapp has been fired from the NFL Network.
NFL Network spokesman Alex Riethmiller said, in a statement, “Warren Sapp’s contract has been terminated and he no longer works for NFL Network.”
According to a statement released by the Phoenix Police Department, “officers working security at a Downtown Phoenix hotel were investigating a noise disturbance when they were contacted by a female alleging she had been assaulted.” The alleged incident occurred in a guest room at the hotel early Monday morning where an argument ensued, allegedly over money. The altercation allegedly turned physical, spilling out into the hallway, per the Phoenix PD.
Sapp was then detained and transported to Phoenix Police Headquarters, where he admitted involvement in the act of prostitution, but denied assaulting either of the two involved females, per the Phoenix PD.