Warren Sapp’s attempts to prove he’s not a creep after being accused of sexual harassment appears to have gone awry after he confirmed today that he sent staff members vibrators because he thought the sex toys were ‘cute’.
Sapp, who was fired from his job as an NFL analyst in 2015 following accusations of soliciting a prostitute and assault, even shared photos of the vibrators on Twitter in a bizarre attempt to defend himself against the sexual harassment claims.
Sapp was one of a multitude of men named in a lawsuit, filed by Jami Cantor, in which she claimed she was subjected to constant sexual misconduct by the former football greats employed by NFL.
Sapp, considered by many to be one of the all-time great defenders in the league, ‘gave Plaintiff sex toys as a Christmas gifts three years in a row, showed Plaintiff nude pictures of numerous women he claimed to have slept with, and openly talked about his sex life in front of Plaintiff.’
He also allegedly urinated in front of Cantor when she was forced to use the same facilities as him while completing some styling work.
‘Sorry mama, but your office shouldn’t be our shi**er,’ Sapp allegedly told Cantor.
Rather than deny the allegations, on Wednesday Sapp confirmed that he had given vibrators as gifts, sharing an image of the $169 Womanizer 2GO USB Rechargeable Lipstick Clitoral Stimulator.
‘You thinking Sex now?’ he asked incredulously, alongside the picture, adding in another tweet, ‘I’m sorry thought they was cute!’
It’s unclear why Sapp believes that a clitoral vibrator made an appropriate gift for a colleague or why he thinks that someone receiving such a gift would not believe it was in some way sexual.
The 44-year-old, father-of-four, claims that he was only named in Cantor’s suit because he’s ‘always the bad guy’ – possibly a reference to repeated run ins with the law.
In 2015, he took a plea bargain after he was accused of biting and stomping on the head of his girlfriend Chalyce Moore, at the M Resort in Las Vegas in April that year, TMZ reported at the time.
Chalyce’s friend told police she sustained multiple injuries in the attack, including abrasions and bruises on her legs, shoulders, lower lip and a checkerboard imprint bruise – consistent with a 6’2″, 300 lb former football player’s size 15 shoe print, on her temple.
However, he avoided jail and was ordered to undergo counselling and carry out community service.
He’d been fired from his NFL Network analyst job earlier that year after he was arrested for assault and soliciting a prostitute.
He was caught, according to Phoenix police, when Sapp argued about money with one of two women in his downtown Phoenix hotel room and the fight turned physical, leaving the women with minor injuries.
Sapp pleaded guilty in April 2015 to one count of soliciting prostitution and one count of assault. But the charges were dismissed after he completed rehabilitation programs.
Sapp, a tackle and defensive end, played in the NFL from 1995-2007 for Tampa Bay and Oakland. He was a vital contributor for the Buccaneers as they went from also-ran to Super Bowl champion after the 2002 season. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.
However, Sapp has had a history with legal troubles around the Super Bowl. He was arrested the day before the Super Bowl in 2010 on a domestic battery charge, but prosecutors later dropped the case because of inconsistencies between the victim’s statements and evidence, including surveillance video.
Despite making millions in his playing career, Sapp filed for bankruptcy in 2012 in Florida after owing more than $6.7 million to creditors and back child support and alimony.
Now Sapp, and several of his former NFL colleagues, are scrutiny after Cantor filed her complaint in Superior Court for the State of California, County of Los Angeles on Monday claiming sexual misconduct.
The network has since suspended three analysts accused of sexual harassment and assault by the former wardrobe stylist.
Among those named in the filing are Marshall Faulk, with the court papers stating: ‘Mr. Faulk greeted Plaintiff by fondling her breasts and groping her behind. As time went on, Mr. Faulk became more aggressive, such as inviting Plaintiff to his hotel room, stroking and pulling out his genitals in front of her, pointing to his crotch and asking Plaintiff, ‘when are you gonna get on this already?’
‘He also pinned Plaintiff against a wall, demanding oral sex while he pulled his pants down.’
Cantor also names Donavan McNabb, Sapp and Heath Evans in her complaint, among others.
The complaint, filed by Cantor’s attorney Laura Horton, also accuses former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor of sending ‘sexually inappropriate pictures of himself, and a nude video while masturbating in the shower.’
Eric Davis, who won a Super Bowl while playing for the San Francisco 49ers, allegedly ‘grabbed Plaintiff’s behind, slid his hand between Plaintiff’s legs, and touched Plaintiff’s privates, while saying, ‘I can’t handle your a** it is so luscious.”
Cantor also claims that when she slapped Davis’ hand away during that alleged groping he ‘aggressively told Plaintiff to never push his hand away again.’
He also allegedly made a large number of lewd comments to Cantor on set states the filing, including: ‘when are we going to spend time together?,’ ‘I want you so bad,’ ‘my c**k is so hard because of you right now,’ ‘you look like a woman who knows what to do in bed,’ ‘you look like you would be an animal in the sheets,’ ‘[Mr. Davis] loved really rough sex and would love to be able to spank [Plaintiff] so hard it would leave marks,’ and ‘can tell you like it rough and would love it.’
McNabb, who shot to fame with the Philadelphia Eagles, told Cantor she looked like a ‘s*uirter’ claims the court filing, and said she ‘looked like the kind of girl that s*uirted when getting f***ed.’
He had left NFL network in 2013, and later lost his subsequent job with Fox Sports after a drunk driving arrest two years later.
Heath Evan, who played with the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints, allegedly sent nude photos to Cantor on at least two occasions while propositioning her for sex multiple times.
It was not just the former athletes either, with producer Eric Weinberger accused of sending both nude photos and explicit texts in the complaint.
Cantor claims Weinberger said she was ‘put on earth to pleasure me’ and once told her to meet him in a bathroom as he was ‘super horny.’
It is also alleged that he ‘grabbed her behind, touching Plaintiff’s crotch, groping her breasts, and put his hands down Plaintiff’s pants.’
When he stuck his hand down her pants, Weinberger told Cantor he wanted to ‘check if she was wearing underwear’ according to the complaint.
Weinberger has also been suspended it was announced on Tuesday.
‘These are very serious and disturbing allegations that we were made aware of today,’ said a spokesman for the Bill Simmons Media Group.
‘We are placing Eric on leave indefinitely until we have a better understanding of what transpired during his time at the N.F.L., and we will conduct our own internal investigation.’
Cantor, who was fired in October 2016 after a decade with the network, is accusing her former employer of age and sex discrimination, sexual harassment and hostile work environment, and wrongful termination in her complaint.
It was first filed back in October but then updated on Monday to include detailed complaints against her former co-workers.
‘Plaintiff was terminated by her supervisor at the NFL, Jessica Lee, and NFL’s Human Resources, Andres Astralaga,’ states the complaint.
‘Lee and Astralaga accused Plaintiff of stealing clothes from one of the talent. The NFL had security camera video. If they would have looked at the video they would have seen that Plaintiff did not steal any clothes.
‘NFL did not return Plaintiff’s personal items or reimburse her for her business expenses. Instead, NFL continues to use Plaintiff’s personal wardrobe items to dress their talent, and told Plaintiff’s vendor contacts Plaintiff was terminated for stealing and to not work with Plaintiff anymore.’