Warren Sapp Of NFL Network Arrested In Phoenix For Soliciting Prostitute, Assault
NFL Network analyst and former Buccaneers defensive lineman Warren Sapp was arrested in Phoenix this morning for soliciting a prostitute.
Sapp—who was in Phoenix covering Super Bowl 49—was also arrested for assault, and according to TMZ, the former 'Dancing With The Stars' alum was taken into custody around 7 a.m. at a downtown Phoenix hotel.
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office confirmed the arrest, also saying there were two female victims who both allegedly suffered minor injuries.
On February 2, 2015 at 2:30 a.m. Phoenix Police 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 incident was alleged to have occurred in a guest room, after meeting in the lobby while she and another female were there as escorts. 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. Sapp was detained and transported to Phoenix Police Headquarters. While there he was 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.
Sapp was transported to the Maricopa County Jail and booked on charges of Soliciting Prostitution and two counts of assault, both misdemeanor offenses.
One female was cited for one count of Prostitution and released, the second female left the scene prior to detectives arrival but was later located at a Peoria hotel. She was interviewed, and cited for a violation of the City's escort permit requirements and released.
Run ins with the law are no new thing for Sapp—he was arrested in 2010 for domestic battery (those charges were eventually droppped), and again for alleged domestic battery in May 2014.
NFL Network spokesman Alex Rieth Miller says Sapp has been "suspended indefinitely" without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.