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Former Bucs star Sapp files for bankruptcy

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 02:40 AM

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers star Warren Sapp owes more than $6.7 million to creditors and back child support and alimony, according to a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing in South Florida.

Sapp's $6.45 million in assets includes 240 pairs of Jordan athletic shoes worth almost $6,500, a $2,250 watch and a lion skin rug worth $1,200. He also reported losing his 2002 Super Bowl ring with the Bucs and his 1991 national championship ring from the University of Miami.

The court documents were filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Fort Lauderdale on March 30. TMZ.com first reported the filing. A phone message and e-mail left Saturday with his attorney, Chad Pugatch, were not immediately returned.

Sapp's average monthly income is $115,881, according to the filings, and includes $45,000 for a final contract payment with Showtime, $48,000 for an appearance with CCA Sports and $18,675 as an advance for a book deal. His contract with the NFL Network ends in August, the filings show, and it was unknown if the contract will be renewed.

Sapp was arrested in 2010 following an alleged domestic violence incident at a Miami Beach hotel. He would have faced one count of misdemeanor domestic battery, but prosecutors declined to prosecute saying in court documents that there were inconsistencies in the victim's statements and evidence.

Sapp also faces possible legal action from NFL tight end Jeremy Shockey after claiming that Shockey, who played for the New Orleans Saints under now-suspended head coach Sean Payton, told league officials about the Saints' bounty program. Payton is facing a year without pay after the NFL found evidence (since substantiated by audio recordings) that the team was paying defensive players bonuses for injuring opposing players during the 2011 season.

Sapp played in the NFL for 13 years, from 1995-2007, the first nine with the Bucs. He was a major force at defensive tackle, helping lead the Bucs to their only Super Bowl title. He was named to seven Pro Bowls, and selected the 1999 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

He played the last four years of his career with the Oakland Raiders.

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