Sapp hit with domestic violence charge

Former star defensive lineman Warren Sapp was arrested Saturday after an alleged domestic violence incident at a Miami Beach hotel, police said.

Sapp was charged with one count of misdemeanor domestic battery and is expected to appear before a Miami-Dade County judge today, Miami Beach police spokesman Juan Sanchez said.

Shortly after police officials confirmed the charge NFL Network spokesman Dennis Johnson said that Sapp – who is an analyst – wouldn’t be part of the Super Bowl coverage for today’s game.

The incident occurred early Saturday at the Shore Club hotel.

The victim had a swollen knee and bruises on her neck, according to an arrest affidavit. She told detectives that she was partying with Sapp and asked for his room key when she grew tired. Sapp reportedly woke up the victim a few hours later and they started to argue. She said Sapp started to choke her and pushed her down on a couch. He then grabbed her by the shirt and neck and threw her down again, the affidavit states.

Sapp said he let the woman stay in his room but asked her to leave a few hours later. He said she fell on her leg when he tried to help her get off a couch.