*Regardless of whether former NFL defensive tackle Warren Sapp is guilty or innocent of charges that he battered a female acquaintance on Friday night, Sapp has apologized, through his lawyer, for the distraction that the incident created.

“He sincerely apologizes to the NFL family and fans for taking away any distraction from today’s big game,” Christopher Lyons said, per the Associated Press.  “We ask that everyone reserve judgment on the matter until all the facts come out in a court of law.”

There is at least one report that the allegations against Sapp, who played for the Buccaneers and Raiders and currently works for NFL Network, are false.

Sapp was released on $1,500 bond earlier today.

Earlier we reported …

Warren Sapp Gets Arrested; Dropped by NFL Network

*Former NFL star (Tampa Bay, Oakland) Warren Sapp was arrested after an alleged domestic violence incident at a Miami Beach hotel, police said. Sapp was charged with one count of misdemeanor domestic battery and is expected to appear before a Miami-Dade County judge Sunday.

Shortly after police confirmed the charge, NFL Network spokesman Dennis Johnson said in an e-mail to the Associated Press that Sapp wouldn’t be part of the Super Bowl XLIV coverage for Sunday’s game

Read MORE of this report HERE.