FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Former football star Warren Sapp was arrested Saturday following an alleged domestic violence incident at a Miami Beach hotel, police said.
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 Warren Sapp by the Miami Beach Police Department," a network statement said. "In light of these circumstances, 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 Sapp started to choke her and pushed her down on a couch.
As the argument escalated, Sapp grabbed the woman by her shirt and neck and threw her down again, the affidavit states.
Sapp told investigators that he let the woman stay in his room but asked her to leave a few hours later. He told police that the woman fell on her leg when he tried to help her get off a couch.
A telephone message left for Sapp's attorney was not immediately returned, nor was an e-mail.
Sanchez said Sapp was expected to be transferred to Miami-Dade County jail Saturday.
Sapp, a former defensive tackle, played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders during his NFL career. He was also once a contestant on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."
Michael Irvin Accused Of Rape. Woman Sues irvin
Michael Irvin has been accused of rape, according to an article at the Miami Herald. A woman has sued the Hall of Fame receiver for an alleged July 2007 sexual assault.
According to the lawsuit, Irvin got the woman drunk before he and an accomplice demanded that she perform sexual acts. The Herald adds:
That's when the unidentified man held her down and covered her mouth, according to the suit, then Irvin raped her, she said. When Irvin was done, the other man forced her to perform oral sex.
No criminal charges have been filed. In late 1996 and early 1997, a woman accused Irvin and a teammate of raping her during a cocaine-fueled assault. The allegation was later determined to be fabricated. In 2005 Irvin was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.
UPDATE: The AP has more:
MIAMI -- A woman claims in a lawsuit filed only days before the Super Bowl that former Dallas Cowboys star Michael Irvin sexually assaulted her at a South Florida hotel, an allegation labeled a false attempt at "civil extortion" Friday by Irvin's attorney.
The woman, identified only as "Jane Doe," filed the lawsuit Thursday in Broward County Circuit Court seeking unspecified damages for the assault that allegedly occurred July 4 or 5, 2007, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood.
The incident was reported to Seminole tribal police on July 20, 2007, but the woman later signed a waiver of prosecution, Seminole tribe spokesman Gary Bitner said.
"I think she just wanted to put this behind her," Bitner said. The case was referred to state prosecutors.
Ron Ishoy, a spokesman for the Broward State Attorney's office, said the matter remains under investigation but no charges have been filed. Because the woman waited more than two weeks to report the incident, there was no physical evidence or hotel surveillance video, Bitner said.
Irvin, 43, is a member of the pro football Hall of Fame who starred at wide receiver for the Cowboys from 1988 to 1999. The Fort Lauderdale native was also a star in college for the University of Miami, playing on the Hurricanes' 1987 national championship team.
Irvin is now an analyst for the NFL Network. His attorney, Larry Friedman of Dallas, said he was approached by the woman's attorney shortly before Irvin was to appear on last season's "Dancing With The Stars" competition.
The offer, according to Friedman: Irvin must pay the woman $1 million or a lawsuit would be filed to coincide with the Super Bowl, which is being played Sunday in Miami.
"I call it civil extortion: pay us or we'll ruin your life," Friedman said. "Nothing happened. There was no encounter between this Jane Doe and Michael Irvin. The entire story is false, it's bogus, it's made up."
The woman's Florida attorney did not immediately respond Friday to a phone call and e-mail seeking comment.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, speaking at a Super Bowl news conference Friday, said he was not aware of the assault allegation. The NFL Network is a part of the football league.
"We'll obviously take it seriously, make sure we understand the facts and then take the appropriate steps," Goodell said.
According to the lawsuit, the woman claims Irvin got her drunk and took her to his hotel room where he and another, unidentified man insisted on sexual favors. The woman claims Irvin raped her and the other man forced her to perform oral sex.
Irvin has had previous brushes with the law, including a no-contest plea to a cocaine possession charge in 1996. Later that year, Irvin and another Cowboys player were accused of sexual assault by a woman, but an investigation found the story was false and the woman recanted.