NFL standout and Dancing With the Stars season 7 runner-up Warren Sapp was arrested Saturday accused of attacking his girlfriend of two years at Miami Beach's Shore Club hotel.
Police were dispatched to the hotel after Sapp's girlfriend, not named by authorities, called to report the 5 a.m. attack around noon. She was later taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center and treated for a swollen knee and bruising on her neck.
According to Miami Beach police spokesman Detective Juan Sanchez, the victim told police she and Sapp got into an argument in their hotel room about her hanging out with other men earlier that evening. The woman alleged that the football star choked and pushed her down on a couch during the argument.
Sapp told police he was helping her off the couch when she fell backward and hurt her leg. "Mr. Sapp did volunteer when we approached him and asked him to come back for questioning," Sanchez told The Sun-Sentinel.
The 37-year-old Sapp, retired since 2008, was in Miami to cover Super Bowl XLIV as an analyst for the NFL Network. On Saturday, the network relieved him from his weekend duties as an on-air correspondent.
"We were made aware this afternoon of the arrest of Warren Sapp by the Miami Police Department (sic). In light of these circumstances, Warren Sapp will not appear on NFL Network while we review the matter," the network said in a statement to Miami's CBS4.