NFL Fires Warren Sapp Following Prostitution Arrest

NFL fired Warren Sapp from his job as analyst following his arrest in Phoenix on one count of soliciting prostitution and two counts of assault on Feb 2.


The defensive tackle hall of famer was detained on a $1,500 bond. He was later released in the afternoon, ordering him not to carry weapons, not to contact the victims and never to return to the crime scene.

“Warren Sapp’s contract has been terminated and he no longer works for NFL Network,” NFL Network spokesman Alex Riethmiller said in a statement.

Sapp was apprehended at the renaissance Hotel in Phoenix. Police from Phoenix Police Department responded to a call from the hotel involving a noise disturbance. As police were investigating, a woman approached them saying that she and another woman she was with were assaulted.

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The alleged assault happened in one of the hotel’s guest room where a heated argument between Sapp and the women escalated into a physical confrontation. The parties were arguing about money, according to a police statement obtained by the NFL.

Sapp was arrested thereafter and brought to Phoenix Police headquarters where he confessed of soliciting prostitution service from the women. He however denied that he assaulted the two women.

The two women involved in the incident incurred minor wounds, police officials told ABC15. One of the women was charged with prostitution but was later released. The other woman was charged for breaching Phoenix’s escort permit requirements but was also released thereafter.

Sapp started his career in football at the University of Miami. He then played in the NFL from 1995 to 2007 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders. He was part of the Tampa Bay team that championed the Super Bowl XXXVII in 2002 and has stayed with the Buccaneers for nine seasons. Sapp moved to the Raiders in 2004.

Sapp’s 96.5 career sacks are the second-highest on record for a defensive tackle and the 28th-highest overall for a defensive lineman. He was voted for Pro Football Hall of Fame in Feb of 2013, was included in Buccaneers’ Ring of Honor in Nov of the same year and subsequently retired his jersey with the number 99.

Back in the field, he already exhibited uncontrolled outbursts expressed in foul language. Sapp had his team fined for a number of times and had in fact expelled once from a game for misconduct.