Warren Sapp, a former NFL star defensive tackle and analyst for the NFL Network, was arrested in Phoenix on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute and assault early Monday morning, police said Monday. He allegedly hired two escorts, who said he got into a physical altercation with them over money, according to TMZ. The network suspended Sapp pending the outcome of the investigation.
The incident happened in his hotel room and later in the surrounding hallway at around 7 a.m. Monday morning. Sapp was in Phoenix to cover Sunday’s Super Bowl for NFL Network. The two women suffered minor injuries and contacted police to report the incident. A hotel representative said the hotel was cooperating with police over “a matter involving a guest,” but did not elaborate.
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NFL Network removed Sapp's image and biography from its website, according to Fox Sports. The 42-year-old Hall of Famer, who won a Super Bowl ring and seven Pro Bowl trips in his 13 years in the NFL, was arrested and charged with domestic battery in 2010 while in Florida to cover Super Bowl XLIV for NFL Network, but those charges were dropped.
Sapp was known for his dominating play and strong, sometimes controversial personality. He was regularly fined by the NFL for on-the-field incidents and he regularly criticized the league in the press. His 6-foot-2, 300-pound frame made him hard to miss on the field. He was a fan favorite in Tampa Bay and Oakland, the two places where he spent his NFL career.
CBS basketball analyst Greg Anthony was arrested just over two weeks ago for soliciting a prostitute at a Washington, D.C., hotel. The former NBA player pleaded not guilty to the charge in a Washington court on Monday. He apologized in a statement to family for his “lapse of judgment,” according to the Associated Press.