FORT LAUDERDALE — Warren Sapp’s being sued by a Los Angeles TV actress who claims the former NFL star body-slammed her at an ESPN party while he was being escorted out by bouncers.
The incident allegedly occurred that fateful Super Bowl weekend in 2015 in Scottsdale, Ariz. You know the one, when former University of Miami lineman Sapp was arrested hours after the big game between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks in connection with an assault on a hooker.
Now, if you believe a lawsuit just filed in a Broward County circuit court by a 50-year-old TV series regular with the unlikely name of Paula Trickey, Sapp injured her seriously a couple days before the hooker incident.
According to the court papers Trickey, whose body of work includes Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Attack Of The 50-Foot Cheerleader, was minding her own business at an ESPN pre-Super Bowl party in the early hours of Jan. 31, 2015 when she was allegedly knocked to the ground.
The lawsuit reads that former Tampa Bay Buccaneers legend Sapp, 44, was drunk and being escorted out when “he struck her with his body,” causing her to hit the floor.
Trickey says he should’ve looked around him as he “quickly” departed the party. Sapp, the complaint reads, “exhibited negligent use of force or body kinetics” and was lit up and unruly when he ran into her.
Trickey claims she suffered “severe bodily injuries.”
“There are places in my body I didn’t know existed that are still hurting two years later,” Tricked said in an interview. “I’ve had constant pain shooting through my body since then.
“He was pretty tanked that night, and it didn’t surprise me to hear he was arrested a couple days later.”
When Hollywood, Fla. resident Sapp was reached on his cellphone, he laughed hysterically when told about the lawsuit and hung up the phone.
Sapp was fired from his $45,000-a-month job as analyst at the NFL Network in the wake of his arrest in the hooker attack. He hasn’t reappeared on TV on a regular basis since.