The NFL just can’t seem to get away from bad headlines in recent months. One of their players is on trial for murder. Another player was caught on tape beating his girlfriend (now wife). Then they had the one who decided to beat the crap out of his toddler with a switch as if that’s totally acceptable. Now they have one more black mark on their reputation: Hall of Famer and NFL Network analyst, Warren Sapp, has been arrested in Arizona for beating up prostitutes he solicited.
At around 2:30am Monday, Phoenix police responded to a disturbance call at the Renaissance Hotel downtown. Guests reported hearing an argument and banging coming from the hallway or another room. They opened their door to see what was going on and saw a woman lying on the floor with marks from an apparent assault. Another woman was with her and told the guests to call the police they’d been assaulted by Sapp.
Police determined that the women were prostitutes and the dispute was over payment for their services. They, too, noted the injuries on the women.
Sapp was arrested and charged with solicitation and assault. He admitted to soliciting the prostitutes but denied assaulting them.
Sapp, a longtime Tampa Bay Buccaneer and former Oakland Raider, was nominated for the NFL Hall of Fame in 2013. In Tampa he’s a football hero with a reputation of being a loudmouth, but that wasn’t enough to save his job.
On Monday the NFL Network terminated Sapp’s contract. Sapp has been with the network as an analyst since 2008 and was in Phoenix for the network as part of its Super Bowl coverage.
NFL Network spokesman Alex Riethmiller released a statement saying,”Warren Sapp’s contract has been terminated and he no longer works for NFL Network.”
It’s rather surprising that NFL acted so swiftly. They have taken a lot of hits to their reputation especially with the way they handled the Ray Rice assault.
Maybe the company has finally realized that it’s not such a good idea to protect their stars when they beat the crap out of women. Who would’ve thought?