Shortly after covering Super Bowl XLIX for the NFL Network, Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp was arrested and charged with soliciting a prostitute on Monday (Feb 2nd) morning.
According to CNN, Phoenix police that were working security at a downtown Phoenix hotel were contacted around 2:30 a.m. by a woman, who alleged that an argument over money “turned physical, spilling out into the hallway.” The woman was one of two women acting as escorts.
“During the investigation, detectives were able to establish that act of prostitution occurred in the room by at least one of the females,” Phoenix police spokesman Trent Crump said in a statement.
The 42-year-old retired NFL player was booked on charges of soliciting a prostitute and two counts of assault.
During an interview with police, Sapp admitted he has solicited the prostitute, but denied assaulting the females… though minor injuries from struggle were visible to investigators.
Sapp was previously arrested in 2010 for domestic battery, but those charges were dropped. He was also arrested for an alleged domestic battery in Miami in 2014.
Before the Superbowl, it was made clear that Arizona officials would be cracking down on prostitution.
TMZ reports that Sapp has been fired from NFL Network.