A lawyer representing a woman who claimed that former NFL star Warren Sapp plowed into her during a Super Bowl party for ESPN has been issued an order to pay Sapp’s legal fees.
“This was a bulls–t case!” Sapp told Page Six exclusively. “They tried to extort me to payout on some s–t I didn’t do!”
“Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” actress Paula Trickey sued Sapp, claiming the player-turned-broadcaster ran through the crowded Arizona party in 2015 and struck her, causing injury. She was arrested that night for DUI. Football Hall of Famer Andre Reed initially signed an affidavit claiming he witnessed Sapp strike Trickey, but later recanted in a subsequent deposition, the filing said.
Sapp countered in court papers that he never attended the ESPN party and was across town being photographed and paid to appear at an NFL alumni party with rapper Pitbull.
On Aug. 3, Judge David Haimes ruled that Trickey’s lawyer John Phillips “failed to provide any evidence whatsoever to support” the case and should’ve withdrawn the claims. The court ordered him to pay a “reasonable attorney’s fee” for Sapp. We are told the fees could be up to $100,000, but ultimately the court will decide on what’s reasonable.
Phillips — who’s currently repping the family of Don Lewis, Carole Baskin’s former husband who disappeared — has filed for an appeal. “It was a legally unfair and insufficient ruling, which will be overturned on appeal,” he told us. He has also “repeatedly requested the judge recuse himself.”
But Sapp was still ecstatic. “Game over for the other side, its SANCTION time BABY!!” he told us. “I tried every way possible to show they had the wrong person! Literally no one believed me … I was not in two places at the same time!”
Sapp’s lawyer Ricky Patel, of Farrell, Patel, Jomarron & Lopez, told us, “We don’t believe in just winning a case, but believe in sending a message to those who wish to act improperly. We will not just beat the opposition, we will annihilate them!”