PHOENIX, Ariz. – According to TMZ and other media outlets, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle and current NFL Network Analyst Warren Sapp was arrested this morning for assault and soliciting a prostitute. Sapp was in the Phoenix area with the NFL Network as a part of the network’s coverage of Super Bowl XLIX.
Sapp was arrested in 2010 and 2014 on domestic battery charges and filed for bankruptcy in 2012 as well.
He played in the NFL for 12 years with the Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.
The NFL Network hasn’t commented on the matter or said whether they will retain Sapp but they have removed his profile from their website. Reports also indicated that as recently as last year the network was looking to sever ties with Sapp.
[Update] 4:30 PT – According to TMZ, Warren Sapp was been released without bail. Sapp’s court date has been set for Feb. 23 and in the meantime he is allowed to leave the state of Arizona. The judge said that there was probable cause for Sapp’s arrest but he was released because he has never missed any prior court-ordered appearances.
[Update] 3:23 PT – NFL Network spokesperson Alex Riethmiller says that Warren Sapp has been fired by NFL Network. “Warren Sapp’s contract has been terminated and he no longer works for NFL Network,” Riethmiller said in a statement released by the network.
According to a statement released by the Phoenix police department, Sapp, “Admitted involvement in the act of prostitution, but denied assaulting the females.”
[Update] 2:42 PT – According to multiple media outlets Warren Sapp has been fired by the NFL Network due to his arrest on charges of assault and soliciting prostitution.
[Update] 2:15 PT – According to CBSSports.com Warren Sapp has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL Network. Sapp, 42, has worked for the network since 2008 and will be suspended without pay “pending the outcome of ongoing police investigation,” said NFL Network spokesperson Alex Riethmiller.
Keep checking in for more updates on this story.