Ex-NFL player Sapp charged in domestic violence case

The Clark County district attorney’s office has charged ex-National Football League player Warren Sapp in connection with an April domestic violence incident.

Sapp, 42, faces allegations that he assaulted his girlfriend of five years, Chalyce Moore by pulling on her arm, biting her finger, throwing her on the floor and stepping on her head, according to court documents. Three charges against the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers player for battery constituting domestic violence were filed Thursday in Las Vegas Justice Court.

A summons was issued for Sapp in lieu of an arrest, and his initial court appearance is scheduled at 8:30 a.m. on July 23.

The fight began at a pool area at the M Resort on the night of April 28, according to a Metro incident report. Moore told police they were with his friends at a cabana when the fight started.

The Hall of Fame defensive lineman threw a margarita in Moore’s face and followed her into a resort lobby, where police said he was seen on surveillance pulling on her arm and knocking her off her feet.

Police said the altercation continued all the way back to Moore’s home at the Boca Raton Condos, on West Serene Avenue near Las Vegas Boulevard South. At some point during the drive, Moore’s left middle finger was bitten so hard that it began to bleed and swell, according to the report.

Moore told police that Sapp began to pack his things as soon as they got inside her apartment, but the fight still continued. She “ended up on the floor but did not know how,” and Sapp, wearing white Jordan sandals, was standing on the right side of her face, according to the report.

Moore texted a friend about the incident, and her friend called the police. According to the report, Moore was hesitant to cooperate at first, but allowed detectives to record an interview with her and photograph her injuries the following day.

She told police that she had a stiff neck, a headache and vomited after the quarrel — all possible signs of a concussion. The report describes bruising to her arms, legs and head, with a checkered imprint on one of her temples. A bruise was also visible on her left lower lip during Moore’s first encounter with police.

Sapp’s previous legal woes cost him his job as a sports commentator for the NFL Network in February. He was terminated from the sports network after allegations were made that he solicited a prostitute and was arrested in Phoenix the day after the Super Bowl.

In 2010 Sapp was arrested in connection with another domestic violence battery in South Florida.

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