Former Tampa Bay Buc Warren Sapp was arrested Saturday following an alleged domestic violence incident at a Miami Beach hotel, police said.
Former Tampa Bay Buc Sapp was charged with one count of misdemeanor domestic battery and is expected to appear before a Miami-Dade County judge Sunday, Miami Beach police spokesman Juan Sanchez said.
Shortly after police officials confirmed the charge NFL Network spokesman Dennis Johnson said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that Sapp—who is an analyst—wouldn’t be part of the Super Bowl coverage for Sunday’s game between the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints.
“We have been made aware of the arrest of Former Tampa Bay Buc Warren Sapp by the Miami Beach Police Department,” a network statement said. “In light of these circumstances, Former Tampa Bay Buc Warren Sapp will not appear on NFL Network while we review the matter.”
The domestic violence allegation was reported around noon Saturday and detectives interviewed Sapp later that day, Sanchez said. The incident occurred early Saturday morning at the Shore Club hotel, according to a police news release.
The victim had a swollen knee and bruises on her neck, according to an arrest affidavit. She told detectives that she was partying with Sapp and her friends at the hotel and asked for his room key when she grew tired. Sapp reportedly woke up the victim a few hours later and they started to argue. She told investigators that Former Tampa Bay Buc Warren Sapp started to choke her and pushed her down on a couch.