LAND O'LAKES — Christopher Ellis spent Saturday watching football games, and by 11 p.m, he was drunk and angry, authorities said. When his wife said she thought Warren Sapp — a former NFL player turned commentator — "seemed nice," Ellis began arguing with her.
According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Ellis, 49, followed her into the kitchen of their Lake Padgett Estates East home and grabbed her by the throat. He shoved the 37-year-old woman into their bedroom, pinned her on the bed, squeezed her throat, threatened to "punch her teeth out" and slapped her on the side of her head, a report states.
She freed herself and called 911. Ellis was arrested and charged with battery by strangulation. He was released Sunday from the Pasco County jail on $1,000 bail.