Sapp avoids jail time with plea deal in domestic violence case

Published Oct. 2, 2015

Former Bucs great Warren Sapp took a plea deal Thursday that spares him jail time in a Las Vegas criminal case involving a scuffle with a former girlfriend that began after margaritas at a casino hotel swimming pool.

Sapp, 42, pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor domestic violence charge, court officials said. A judge fined the Pro Football Hall of Famer $345 and ordered him to pay $2,555 in restitution, log 48 hours of community service and six months of counseling, and stay out of trouble for six months.

Two other misdemeanor domestic violence charges connected to the April altercation were dismissed. Sapp also has to have no contact with the ex-girlfriend, prosecutor Lisa Luzaich said.

Sapp's attorney Rich Tanasi did not immediately respond to messages.

Sapp was accused of assaulting 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, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Three charges against Sapp for battery constituting domestic violence were filed in June.

The fight began at a pool area at M Resort on the night of April 28, according to a Las Vegas police incident report. Moore told police they were with his friends at a cabana when the fight started. Sapp threw a margarita in Moore's face and followed her into a resort lobby, where police said he was seen on surveillance recordings pulling on her arm and knocking her off her feet, the Review-Journal reported.

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. 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 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.

The accusations came a couple of months after Sapp was fired as an on-air analyst for the NFL Network after a Feb. 2 arrest in Phoenix for assaulting and soliciting a prostitute during Super Bowl weekend.

He pleaded guilty to both charges, and the solicitation charge was dropped after he completed a diversion program.

Sapp, who played defensive tackle for the Bucs from 1995-2003 and was part of the 2002 Super Bowl championship team, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Bucs' Ring of Honor in 2013.