Prosecutors dropped misdemeanor domestic battery charges against former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders NFL player Warren Sapp on March 24 after finding inconsistencies between the evidence and the victim’s statements.
Miami Beach police arrested the former defense tackle on Feb. 6 after a woman claimed she was battered in Sapp’s hotel room. According to an arrest affidavit, she said Sapp choked and pushed her down on a couch during an argument, and grabbed her shirt and neck.
“ victim gave sworn testimony that she was in excruciating pain from the moment she fell on her knee and was teary-eyed while in the lobby moments after the incident,” a prosecution memo states, according to BlackAmericaWeb.com. “However, there is a security witness who observed the victim giggling with an anonymous man, as well as walking in high heels without any trouble.”
The woman also told investigators that she had trouble walking after the alleged assault, but surveillance video shows her walking without a limp, according to the prosecution memo. The tape also shows her walking with a man unassisted down the hotel hallway, but she told police that the man had helped her walk. ?
Sapp worked as an analyst for the NFL Network but was pulled from the air after his arrest. He was also excluded from the network’s coverage of the Super Bowl. On March 24, the network released a statement saying it would now “sit down” with Sapp to review his status.?
Christopher Lyons, Sapp’s attorney, said that his client “was always confident that the system would work and he would be cleared of any wrongdoing. Warren looks forward to putting this matter behind him.”