There was at least one early morning instance in May 2009 when Nikki Sapp, then a Miami Heat cheerleader, looked like the bloodshot-eyed creature above!
The mugshot, found deep in the bowels of the Miami-Dade County law enforcement apparatus, was taken at the tail end of a night of partying in Coral Gables — when Sapp was pinched for DUI.
Hours earlier, the Heat won a playoff game against the Atlanta Hawks to even a series that the Heat would eventually lose.
But about 3:30 a.m., the then-22-year-old hottie slammed her Mini Cooper into a parked car and was arrested for DUI.
According to the Miami-Dade County Police report, Sapp blew twice Florida’s legal limit of 0.08 after the owner of the parked car called 911 to report the accident.
The witness, who’s not named in the report, told police Sapp was behind the wheel and alone in her car.
Cops said Sapp was having difficulties keeping her balance, slurring her words, reeking of liquor and sporting bloodshot eyes.
Sapp, who was a blonde then, reported suffering from burns when her airbag deployed but wasn’t transported to the hospital. No one else was injured.
According to records, Sapp was charged with DUI and DUI in an accident with property damages.
A year later, the witness didn’t appear for Sapp’s trial and she pleaded guilty to reckless driving.
Sapp was sentenced to six-month probation, $500 fine, DUI school and 50 hours of community service.
Sapp was no longer on the Heat dancers the following season.
Sapp, however, became an instant hit on the web last week after she walked the red carpet with Coach Spo at a fundraising dinner organized by Heat broadcasters Eric Reid and Tony Fiorentino.
Spoelstra, 42, kept the relationship with Sapp, who runs the Guy Hepner art gallery at Bal Harbour Shops, a secret for most of the two years they’ve been together.
When reached at the gallery, Sapp declined comment about the arrest.