Benny Sapp Suspended

<p>Kirk Ferentz has suspended Cornerback Benny Sapp indefinitely from Iowa's football team.

Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz, saying he was "disappointed'' with Bennie Sapp's behavior, suspended the defensive back indefinitely from the team Monday.

Sapp, a junior from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was suspended for conduct detrimental to the squad.

Sapp was arrested early Sunday and charged with interference with official acts, disorderly conduct and public intoxication after an altercation in downtown Iowa City.

Sapp is the 10th Iowa athlete, and the eighth football player, to be arrested for a drug- or alcohol-related offense since last fall.

Sapp won't be allowed to report with the other Hawkeye varsity players Thursday. His future status will be reviewed at a later time.

"I am disappointed with Benny's behavior and I will give serious thought over the next few days as to his future with our team,'' Ferentz said. "In the meantime, my primary focus is on the 105 players that will be with us in preseason practices and preparing them for a successful 2002 season.''

A police report said Sapp was arrested at 2:14 a.m. Sunday in the 100 block of East College Street in Iowa City, according to the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Police patrolling the Pedestrian Mall saw Sapp push a woman into a building, causing her to hit her head against a window.

Sapp became belligerent when police approached him. A breath test showed Sapp's blood alcohol level to be .155. The legal limit is .10.

Sapp had to be subdued with pepper spray, a police officer said. Sapp was later taken to the Johnson County Jail, and was released on his own recognizance at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Sapp started all 12 of Iowa's games at cornerback last season. He had 12 pass breakups and three interceptions for a Hawkeye team that had a 7-5 record.


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