The NFL acted in phases following the news of former NFL player and the network’s on-air personality Warren Sapp’s arrest in Phoenix early Monday morning.
A little after noon, the network suspended him indefinitely, but as more details emerged, Sapp, 42, was fired soon after he was arraigned on the charges of soliciting a prostitute and two counts of assault, both misdemeanor offenses, per CNN.
‘Police said officers working security at a downtown Phoenix hotel were contacted around 2:30 a.m. by a woman who alleged that an argument over money in a guest room “turned physical, spilling out into the hallway,” She was one of two women acting as escorts, according to a news release from Phoenix police.
“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 the news release… When he was questioned by police, Sapp “admitted involvement in the act of prostitution, but denied assaulting the females,” Crump said. “Minor injuries consistent with a struggle were observed by investigators on both females.” Sapp made an initial court appearance Monday afternoon and was released on his own recognizance. His next court appearance was set for February 23.’
The NFL Network later issued this statement:
“Warren Sapp’s contract has been terminated and he no longer works for NFL Network,” said a statement from VP/communications.