If you're in the media covering the Super Bowl, the week leading up to the game can be a long one. Lots of hours, lots of prep work, not much sleep. I can attest to this, having done a five-hour radio show for all five days from Radio Row last week. (To be clear, it is fun work, but can be physically and mentally exhausting.)
By the end of the week, and certainly by the time the game is over on Sunday, everyone is ready to blow off some steam, relax a little bit. Most will do this with a few drinks, maybe a nice late night steak dinner, perhaps hang out at a club in the company of friends.
And then there are the Warren Sapps of the world, who go "next level" in their decompression methods at the end of a long week of work. And by "next level" I mean highly illegal.
And so it was that early Monday morning, Warren Sapp, who played defensive tackle in the league for 13 seasons and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013, was arrested suspicion of soliciting a prostitute and allegedly assaulting two women, Phoenix police said. Sapp, 42, was taken into custody and subsequently booked into a Phoenix jail.
Sapp appeared in a courtroom late Monday afternoon and was released pending a February 23 court date. Sapp faces a maximum penalty of $2,500 in fines, six months in jail, three years' probation and mandatory 15 days in jail if convicted on the prostitution charge.
Here is Sapp's mugshot...
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 2, 2015
On a scale of 1 to Florida Man, I put the Sapp mugshot at a firm 5.3, mostly on the strength of the resignation in his eyes.
As it turned out, Sapp was doubling down on hookers on Sunday night after the game with two paid escorts in a room at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Phoenix, when a disturbance broke out around 2:30 a.m., forcing Phoenix police on duty as security at the hotel to respond to a call from one of the women alleging that she had been assaulted.
"The incident was alleged to have occurred in a guest room, after meeting in the lobby while she and another female were there as escorts," said Sgt. Trent Crump, a police spokesman. "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."
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According to officers, Sapp admits to the solicitation charges, but denies assaulting either of the women. One of the women was cited for prostitution and released, while the other was cited for a violation of the city's escort permit requirements and released.
Sapp had spent the last few years on the NFL Network as an analyst, but was initially suspended upon reports of the charges before having his contract terminated later in the day on Monday, thus costing him a lot more than the nickels and dimes he was probably arguing over with the two prostitutes.
The lesson, as always, is make sure you get everything up front in writing from hookers when you solicit their services. They will up-charge you for the extras. EVERY. DAMN. TIME.