Ex-NFL star Warren Sapp arrested in Phoenix, fired by NFL Network

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(CNN) — Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp was arrested and charged with soliciting a prostitute early Monday, just hours after covering the Super Bowl for the NFL Network, Phoenix police said.

Police said officers working security at a downtown Phoenix hotel were contacted around 2:30 a.m. by a woman who alleged that an argument over money in a guest room “turned physical, spilling out into the hallway,” She was one of two women acting as escorts, according to a news release from Phoenix police.

Former NFL player Warren Sapp was arrested by Phoenix police officers on prostitution and assault charges Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department.

Former NFL player Warren Sapp was arrested by Phoenix police officers on prostitution and assault charges Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department.

“During the investigation, detectives were able to establish that act of prostitution occurred in the room by at least one of the females,” Phoenix police spokesman Trent Crump said in the news release.

Sapp, 42, was booked on charges of soliciting a prostitute and two counts of assault, both misdemeanor offenses.

When he was questioned by police, Sapp “admitted involvement in the act of prostitution, but denied assaulting the females,” Crump said. “Minor injuries consistent with a struggle were observed by investigators on both females.”

Sapp made an initial court appearance Monday afternoon and was released on his own recognizance. His next court appearance was set for February 23.

Sapp, who was the 12th overall draft pick in 1995 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was known as a menacing defensive tackle and was the stalwart on a defense that earned the Buccaneers their first Super Bowl in 2002. Over his career, he earned seven trips to the Pro Bowl and was voted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2013.

Shortly after news of Sapp’s arrest broke, the NFL Network said Sapp had been fired. He worked for the network as an analyst since 2008.

“Warren Sapp’s contract has been terminated and he no longer works for NFL Network,” said a statement from Alex Riethmiller, vice president/communications for the NFL Network.

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  • zstik

    BTW.. To the classy Pats fans here.. Congrats on the Super Bowl victory. To the not so classy ones, my favorite hockey and basketball teams, both of which I have followed since the late 70’s are the Bulls and Blackhawks. When the Hawks beat the Bruins in the Stanley Cup, I didn’t run to their fans and spend my time justifying why the team I root for won and why the fans should suck it. I actually joined in with them later on and helped root their team to a World Series win. I hate the Red Sox but I thought it the decent thing to do as I did, in a way, feel for them in how they lost game 6. While agree that the antics performed by the Seahawks at times wouldn’t be classified as classy, that does not justify doing the same in victory. The point is to be above that. What is being overlooked here is that we just watched one of the greatest Super Bowl games ever. Pats overcame the total public and media bashing to win the game while the Seahawks came 1 yard away from winning while missing 4 starters for most of the game and 3 others who were playing pretty with substantial injuries. If Kam isn’t playing with a torn MCL, Seattle doesn’t spend most of the game playing cover 2 which stops a lot of the crossing patterns the Pats were making big plays on.

    Lets just enjoy the game for what it was.. Pats fans enjoy you SB win and Hawks fans heal up.. With luck, these two teams will meet next year in Santa Clara and we will be treated to another classic..

    Go Seahawks!!!

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