Warren Sapp’s Name Sparks Pasco County AssaultJanuary 18th, 2012
It seemed Christopher Ellis of Land O’ Lakes in enchanted Pasco County was just like every other red-blooded American male last weekend who wanted nothing more than to swill copious amounts of adult beverages and watch playoff football.
Trust Joe, he can relate.
But the introduction of the name of former Bucs star and fan-hostile Warren Sapp into what otherwise was a pleasant evening for Ellis triggered an outburst that led to an alleged choking incident and spousal assault.
Joe will let the Tampa Bay Times take it from here.
According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, Ellis, 49, followed her into the kitchen of their Lake Padgett Estates East home and grabbed her by the throat. He shoved the 37-year-old woman into their bedroom, pinned her on the bed, squeezed her throat, threatened to “punch her teeth out” and slapped her on the side of her head, a report states.
She freed herself and called 911. Ellis was arrested and charged with battery by strangulation. He was released Sunday from the Pasco County jail on $1,000 bail.
Joe’s going to take a wild stab and guess Ellis was wearing a Tim Tebow jersey at the time of the battery.
Ah, football and booze and the NFL Network. There’s a reason Joe calls it “The Man’s Channel.”