After covering last night’s Super Bowl XLIX for the NFL Network last night in Glendale, Ariz., former defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders Warren Sapp was reportedly arrested for soliciting a prostitute in Phoenix, Arizona.
TMZ Sports (of course) posted Sapp’s mugshot online Monday afternoon:
— Anthony Michael (@tmzanthony) February 2, 2015
The NFL Network has removed his bio page from its website.
This is not the first time Sapp has run into legal trouble while covering the Super Bowl for the NFL. In 2010, while in Florida for Super Bowl XLIV, the former Hall of Famer was charged with domestic battery and was temporarily suspended by the network. However, the following month those charges were dropped.
UPDATE — 4:50 p.m. ET: Beyond solicitation, Sapp was also charged on two counts of assault. A sergeant for the Phoenix Police Department released this summary of the events:
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.
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