HOLLYWOOD — Warren Sapp, you got served!
A process server finally managed to hand deliver a Broward County lawsuit to former University of Miami star Sapp during an undercover operation.
Florida lawyer John Phillips, who represents a woman who says Sapp was drunk and belligerent in a nightclub in 2015 when he ran into her and knocked her to the ground, says he’s been trying to serve Sapp since he filed the lawsuit in November 2016.
South Florida process servers went to Sapp’s Hollywood beachfront condo and elsewhere in the area more than 50 times – at times they heard someone inside who wouldn’t come to the door – but they were never able to hand him the paperwork, a mandatory step in legal proceedings.
Then, said Phillips, he heard Sapp was doing Raiderfest VII, a memorabilia and autograph festival that took place Sunday in Rowland Heights, Calif., right outside Los Angeles.
Two process servers paid $80 for access then lined up for autographs and photos with Sapp, who was the silver-and-black’s defensive tackle from 2004 to 2007.
Phillips published two videos of the service on his YouTube channel, and Sapp is heard asking the process server stepping to him with a large envelope: “Wassup, baby?”
They take a picture, with the 300-pound Sapp showing off his 2003 Super Bowl ring, and the process server hands Sapp the legal papers from inside the envelope, telling him: “Here you go, Mr. Warren, you’re being served as well.”
Keeping it classy, Sapp replies: “Thank you.”
The judge in the case has had to grant several extensions to get Sapp served.
“It’s pretty clear Mr. Sapp was running from us,” Phillips said, “so the judge was very patient.
“Mr. Sapp wrote on Twitter he wasn’t at the party where my client was hurt, but he never came to us with that information. Instead of him running, we could’ve been working on a resolution.”
Hollywood, Calif., actress Paula Trickey, who starred in staples like Attack Of The 50-Foot Cheerleader and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, claims a drunk Sapp body-slammed her at an ESPN Super Bowl party in Phoenix, Ariz., in January 2015.
It so happens that, the same week, Sapp was fired from NFL Network after being arrested during an argument with a prostitute at his hotel.