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Warren Sapp on sexual harassment allegations: 'You are not going to put that on me'

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 12/13/2017 A.J. Perez, USA TODAY Sports
Warren Sapp et al. standing next to a man: Warren Sapp, shown at a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game in October, denies he sexually harassed anyone while at the NFL Network in a radio interview Wednesday. © Reinhold Matay, USA TODAY Sports Warren Sapp, shown at a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game in October, denies he sexually harassed anyone while at the NFL Network in a radio interview Wednesday.

Warren Sapp proclaimed he’s never sexually harassed anyone like the allegations made against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein or former NBC Today show host Matt Lauer.

However, in a radio interview Wednesday, he backed up some details made by a former NFL Network wardrobe stylist in a lawsuit this week.

Sapp, a Hall of Fame defensive lineman who was one of the NFL Network's top talents before he was fired in the wake of his arrest for soliciting a prostitute in 2015, allegedly urinated in front of stylist Jami Cantor, according to an amended lawsuit obtained by USA TODAY Sports.

He also allegedly gave Cantor “sex toys as Christmas gifts three years in a row,” showed her pictures of women he had relations with and “openly talked about his sex life in front” of Cantor, according to the suit.

“I’m still tying to figure out where’s the sexual harassment?” Sapp told radio host Andy Slater on WINZ-AM, a sports talk station in the Miami area.

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Sapp didn’t dispute that there was an incident with Cantor in the restroom. 

“I did walk in the bathroom, but I did not urinate in front of her,” Sapp said. 

That incident, Sapp said, occurred when he was in a hurry to use the restroom during a commercial break. Cantor said in the lawsuit that she was forced to work in the restroom at times during her 10 years at the NFL Network, which ended last year.

“I didn’t pee in front of my wife and I was married to her for nine years,” Sapp said. “It’s just not something you (do). What is that about? It’s not cute. It’s not sexual. It’s not something you want to see. Last time I checked, if you ate some asparagus, it might stink."

He also said the sex toys he brought in were after a “general conversation” after a couple makeup artists saw the devices in a magazine and it wasn’t “about sex.”

“We were sitting there around Christmas time and everybody brought a Christmas gift, a little holiday joy for everybody,” Sapp said. “So, my man had made a little novelty thing that looked like mascara, eyeliner and different things. Little toys for ladies that move around a little bit. I showed them pictures and (the makeup artists) said bring me some, so I brought them some for the makeup ladies.”

Sapp didn’t say whether Cantor requested the gift.

Sapp said it was possible he showed Cantor a picture of a woman he was dating at the time, although Sapp said that woman would have had a bikini on and wasn’t fully naked.

“Where is the harassment at?” Sapp said. “I’m the notorious one. I’m always the bad guy. That’s why I’m in here today. Ain’t no #metoo, nothing. No sexual harassment. You are not going to put that on me.”

Sapp said that there was "nothing that was memorable" about his talk with Faulk since Monday's revelations, although he added "my CTE acts up sometimes."

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