Warren Sapp accused of soliciting a prostitute in Phoenix

Sapp is a well-known former NFL player. He played in the league for 12 years as a defensive tackle with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders. He could face jail time if he is convicted of the charges against him. 2/2/15
Warren Sapp was in town covering the Super Bowl for the National Football League, but hours after the game was over, Sapp was arrested at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Phoenix.

Sapp is a well-known former NFL player. He played in the league for 12 years as a defensive tackle with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders. He could face jail time if he is convicted of the charges against him.

FOX 10 asked Warren as he left the 4th Avenue Jail if he had anything to say about the charges. Sapp did not say a word as he was released from jail. Earlier on Monday he faced a judge to hear the charges against him with his attorney by his side.

"You've been charged with soliciting prostitution, a class one misdemeanor, and two counts of assault also class one misdemeanor," said the judge.

Sapp had been tweeting pictures from the events leading up to the Super Bowl in downtown Phoenix and from the game just hours before his arrest, but there was one picture the former NFL Network Analyst didn't pose for willingly, his mug shot.

42-year-old Sapp was arrested by Phoenix Police early Monday morning after a disturbance at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Phoenix.

Two women told officers they were escorts hired by Sapp and that he assaulted one of them during an argument over money.

"The victims involved approached police officers, advised them of the activity, and we investigated it from there," said acting Police Chief Joseph Yanner. According to what the women told police, the argument spilled out into a hotel hallway.

Investigators say one of the women had injuries consistent with a struggle.

"The victims involved had some minor injuries, I don't know specifically what those were," said Chief Yanner.

The women involved are also facing charges.. One was cited for one count of prostitution and the other was cited for violating the city's escort permit requirements.

The NFL placed Sapp on leave and then fired this afternoon by the NFL Network as a result of his arrest. It was a job that earned him more than half a million dollars a year.

As of 1:12 p.m. Arizona time, Sapp's biography page was no longer on the NFL Network's web site.  TMZ would later report that Sapp had been fired by the network.

In June 2014, Sapp was arrested following an alleged domestic violence incident at a Miami Beach hotel.  He was also arrested in 2010 for domestic battery and the charges were later dropped.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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