Former NFL great Warren Sapp pleads no contest to domestic violence against girlfriend

Hall of Famer Warren Sapp took a plea deal Thursday that spares him jail time in a Las Vegas criminal case involving a scuffle with his former girlfriend that began after margaritas at a casino hotel swimming pool.

The 42-year-old former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders defensive tackle pleaded no contest in Las Vegas Justice Court to one misdemeanor domestic violence charge, court officials said.

Sapp allegedly threw his girlfriend Chalyce Moore to the ground, bit her finger so hard it bled and swelled and stepped on her head.

A judge fined Sapp $345 and ordered him to pay $2,555 in restitution, log 48 hours of community service and six months of counseling, and stay out of trouble for six months. Two other misdemeanor domestic violence charges were dismissed.

Sapp also has to stay away from the victim, prosecutor Lisa Luzaich said. He faces six months in jail if he violates terms of the deal.

Sapp’s attorney, Rich Tanasi, didn’t immediately respond to messages.

Sapp was charged in June with arguing with the woman and pulling her arm or purse in an April incident at the M Resort in Henderson, and knocking the woman down a short time later at her Las Vegas condominium.

The woman told police she ended up on the floor and thought she may have suffered a concussion when Sapp stepped on the right side of her face.

The accusation came just months after Sapp was fired as an on-air analyst for the NFL Network after a Feb. 2 arrest in Phoenix for assaulting and soliciting a prostitute during Super Bowl weekend.

He pleaded guilty to both charges, and the solicitation charge was dropped after he completed a diversion program.

Sapp denied assaulting the women at the time, but admitted that he engaged in an act of prostitution, police said.

One of the women was cited for prostitution and the other for violating the city’s escort permit requirements.

Under the plea deal, court documents showed Sapp had to pay one of the women $1,171 and the other one $150 stemming from the incident.

Sapp played in the NFL from 1995 to 2007, and filed for bankruptcy in 2012.

Sapp played 13 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders before being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013.

He had 96.5 sacks in his career and was the cornerstone of the defense that played a major part in the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl win in 2003. He played college football at the University of Miami.

Source: The DailyMail

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