Warren Sapp on sexual harassment allegations: ‘Ain’t no #MeToo’

Warren Sapp keeps cool with a handheld fan between takes for NFL Network before a game between the Bucs and Carolina Panthers in 2013 in Tampa. [Times files (2013)]
Warren Sapp keeps cool with a handheld fan between takes for NFL Network before a game between the Bucs and Carolina Panthers in 2013 in Tampa. [Times files (2013)]
Published December 13 2017
Updated December 13 2017

Warren Sapp vehemently denied allegations that he sexually harassed a female employee when he worked at the NFL Network during a radio appearance this afternoon in Miami.

"Ain’t no #MeToo," the former Buc and Pro Football Hall of Famer said on the Andy Slater show on 940-WINZ. "There’s no sexual harassment. No way, no how. I was raised better."

The allegations sprung from a lawsuit Jami Cantor, a wardrobe stylist for the network from 2006 until 2016, filed against NFL Enterprises in Los Angeles Superior Court in October, alleging age and sex discrimination, sexual harassment and hostile work environment.

Cantor said that Sapp gave her sex toys as Christmas gifts, showed her nude pictures of women he claimed to have slept with, openly talked about his sex life and urinated in front of her.

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Sapp, who is not a defendant in the lawsuit, said he appeared on the radio show simply to clear his name, not to make excuses for anyone else named in the lawsuit.

"Mine is untrue," Sapp said. "I didn’t urinate in front of anybody. And if I walked in a bathroom with you, you would walk out. Any human being on earth would walk out.’’

Addressing the allegations one at a time, Sapp said:

• He remembers using the bathroom to urinate during a brief break while taping the Gameday Morning show, but there was a closed door between him and Cantor.

"She was not in the bathroom," Sapp said. "I was not urinating in front of her. At no time, no point, no how.’’

• "Makeup ladies’’ at the network asked him to bring them novelty lipstick/eyeliner after he had shown them pictures. But "it wasn’t about sex," Sapp said, and Cantor wasn’t present at the time.

"She wasn’t in there; she had nothing to do with it," he said. "If they re-gifted it, I don’t know.’’

• He might have shown Cantor photos of women modeling bikinis, but no nude photos.

• He didn’t talk about his sex life in front of others at the network.

"That didn’t go down like that," Sapp said. "No supervisor would allow you to have conversations about something inappropriate like that."

Sapp, who was fired from the network in 2015 after being arrested for assault and soliciting prostitution, said he believes he was singled out because his past makes him an easy target.

"I’m the notorious one," he said. "I’m always the bad guy.’’

Slater said he also reached out to Cantor to appear on his show but did not hear back.

NFL Network suspended analysts Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor "pending an investigation" into allegations by Cantor of sexual harassment and assault.

Sapp said he has spoken with Faulk since the lawsuit was filed but played coy when asked about their conversation.

"My CTE acts up sometimes,’’ he said.

The lawsuit also says that Cantor had been harassed by former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb, as well as by the former network employee Marc Watts.