Former NFL player Warren Sapp arrested in Phoenix on prostitution charges

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PHOENIX -- Former NFL player Warren Sapp has been arrested by Phoenix police officers on prostitution and assault charges, according to Sgt. Trent Crump with the Phoenix Police Department.

Sapp was arrested at the Renaissance hotel in Downtown Phoenix on Monday morning.

At 2:30 a.m., Phoenix police officers working security at the hotel were investigating a noise disturbance when they were contacted by a female who said she had been assaulted.

The incident allegedly occurred in a guest room, after a meeting in the lobby while she and another female were there as escorts. During a meeting in the room, an argument ensued, allegedly over money and the altercation turned physical, spilling out into the hallway.

During the investigation, detectives were able to establish that an act of prostitution occurred in the room by at least one of the females.

Police said Sapp admitted involvement in the act of prostitution, but denied assaulting the females.

Investigators said both females had minor injuries consistent with a struggle.

Sapp was transported to the Maricopa County Jail and booked on charges of soliciting prostitution and two counts of assault, both misdemeanor offenses.

One female was cited for one count of prostitution and released.

The second female left the scene prior to detectives arrival but was later located at a Peoria hotel. She was interviewed and cited for a violation of escort permit requirements and released.

Sapp, 42, was in Phoenix covering the Super Bowl for the NFL Network.

According to Alex Riethmiller, spokesman for NFL Network, Sapp's contract has been terminated and he no longer works for NFL Network. Sapp had been an analyst at the network since 2008.

The Hall of Fame defensive lineman played in the NFL from 1995 to 2007 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders.