LAS VEGAS —
Authorities in Las Vegas have charged Hall of Fame defensive
lineman Warren Sapp with biting his girlfriend, throwing her to
the ground and stepping on her head in an April incident that
began at the M Resort in Henderson, Nevada.
complaint filed Thursday in Las Vegas Justice Court charges Sapp
with three domestic battery misdemeanors that carry up to 18
months in jail if he's convicted.
The accusation is
the latest charge against Sapp, who was arrested Feb. 2 in Phoenix
for assaulting and soliciting a prostitute during Super Bowl
weekend. He pleaded guilty to both charges. The solicitation
charge was dropped last month when he completed a diversion
The NFL Network,
where Sapp appeared as an on-air analyst since 2008, fired the
former tackle and defensive end hours after his February arrest.
later, a Las Vegas police report said Sapp and his girlfriend of
five years were arguing when the former football player allegedly
threw a margarita in her face at the resort's pool. The police
report says security footage at the resort showed Sapp
aggressively pull on the woman's arm or purse inside the resort,
causing her to lose her balance.
told police that the arguing continued during the drive home and
at her Las Vegas condo.
She told police
that Sapp bit her middle finger at some point but couldn't
remember how it happened. After returning to her condo, she told
police she wasn't sure how she ended up on the floor but she
remembered that Sapp had stepped on the right side of her face.
She thought she may have suffered a concussion, according to the
Sapp could not be
immediately reached for comment, and it isn't clear if he's
represented by an attorney.
Sapp, who filed
for bankruptcy in 2012, played in the NFL from 1995 to 2007 for
the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders and was inducted into
the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.
He is due in
court July 23.