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Warren Sapp charged with domestic battery: My neighbor still remained free

June 27, 2015

Warren Sapp, NFL Hall of Fame, was charged with domestic battery. Apparently, he bit his girlfriend, threw her to the ground and stepped on her head in an incident at an M Resort in Nevada. While this zero tolerance for any type of domestic troubles kept rearing its ugly head, it hadn’t stopped a lot of its players from carrying a police record.This man had three charges against him that carried up to 18 months if he was found guilty. He already had another charge against him for soliciting a prostitute during Superbowl weekend.

At least he had a paper trail. My neighbor, who still used his woman as a verbal and physical punching bag, remained free even though the cop saw the evidence that she was hit. Until she decided enough was enough, the only thing for me to have done was to keep contacting the police and telling management of the problem when it occurred.

In Sapp’s case, the argument started when the former football player allegedly threw a margarita in her face at the resort’s pool. The police report said security tape at the resort showed Sapp aggressively pulled on the woman’s arm or purse inside the resort, causing her  loss of  balance.

His girlfriend of five years also told police that they argued on the way home and upon getting to the condo. She didn’t remember how he bit her middle finger, how she landed on the floor or why he stepped on the right side of her face. The document said there might have been head trauma.

Here’s what the Bible said:

1 Timothy 3:1-6

The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? … (ESV)

The incident on June 20 at my apartment complex might have started in the SUV. I heard the woman’s voice scream What the hell’s wrong with him There was a crack. She screamed ouch and repeated the same phrase again, adding, “Gimme my phone!” There were a stream of f-bombs from him both outside and in the house. He threw a few things so hard that my living room pictures rattled on the wall, By this time my call to 911 went through.

In looking at the options open to me, it was better just to keep reporting these outbursts rather than trying to make a citizen’s arrest. Upon my investigation of this possibility, any miss step could land the accuser in a court of law facing criminal charges because:

1. Laws vary by state as to how one made a citizen’s arrest. In some cases, one had to witness the act of violence
2. Knowing the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony. Sapp’s girlfriend had injuries to her finger and to her head. Ray J had broken ribs and other unnamed injuries when his girlfriend beat him up for spending the night at a strip club. The cop saw the injury to my neighbor and told her there was enough evidence to have had him arrested.
3. Trying to keep the perpetrator at on site was paramount for the arrest. It might have been advisable in my case to have someone able to hold them till cops arrived.

At the time of the cited article, Sapp was unavailable for comment and it wasn’t clear whether he had a lawyer. His court date was July 23. In my neighbor’s case, it was my prayer that she came to her senses  because there was a preteen girl in the house.

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