Warren Sapp has been arrested again. This time, Sapp faced charges that he allegedly solicited a prostitute and assaulted two women at a downtown Phoenix, Arizona, hotel, police officials report. The 42-year-old NFL Hall of Famer and former lineman has a history of Super Bowl troubles, and this year was no exception.
Sapp was involved in an incident involving a noise disturbance that took place at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown hotel early Monday morning, resulting in Warren Sapp being arrested again.
Fox News reported comments made by police spokesperson Sgt. Trent Crump regarding Sapp’s arrest.
“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.”
According to Sgt. Crump, police took Warren Sapp to police headquarters “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 later booked in Maricopa County Jail on two misdemeanor offenses and two counts of assault and suspicion of soliciting prostitution.
Police also confirmed that one woman was cited for prostitution and eventually released. Police were able to locate the other woman in a Peoria hotel, cited her for violation of the city’s escort permit requirements, and then she was eventually released.
NFL spokesperson Alex Riethmiller provided the following statement.
“Warren Sapp’s contract has been terminated and he no longer works for NFL Network.”
Warren Sapp is no stranger to trouble. Sapp was arrested on a domestic battery charge the day before the 2010 Super Bowl. However, charges were dropped due to surveillance video and inconsistencies between the victim’s evidence and statements.
Sapp also filed bankruptcy in 2012; he owed more than $6.7 million to creditors, in alimony, and in child support.
The Los Angeles Times reported a comment made by Jon Erickson, director of sales and marketing for the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown hotel.
“We have been contacted by the Phoenix Police Department regarding a matter involving one of our guests. We are cooperating with the police as they investigate this situation.”
Warren Sapp was a tackle and defensive end. Sapp played in the NFL from 1995 to 2007 for Oakland and Tampa Bay. He contributed to helping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win a Super Bowl and was later inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.
Warren Sapp appeared before Phoenix Municipal Court judge Monday afternoon and was released pending a scheduled court date of February 23. According to authorities, Warren Sapp faces a maximum penalty of $2,500 in fines, six months in jail, three years’ probation, and mandatory 15 days in jail if convicted on the prostitution charge.
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