Bucs DT Sapp fined $50,000, warned by NFL

Updated: October 14, 2003, 8:24 PM ET

NEW YORK - Outspoken Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Warren Sapp was fined $50,000 and threatened with suspension by the NFL on Tuesday for "repeated abusive on-field conduct toward game officials."

The action came two days after Sapp bumped an official while taking the field before a game against the Washington Redskins at Fedex Field.

"There was absolutely no need for you to do so," NFL director of game operations Petr Hadhazy wrote in a letter to Sapp. "To the contrary, it is apparent that you deliberately made contact with the official."

Hadhazy noted the Buccaneers "had been strongly advised" to refrain from disrupting pregame warmups following inflammatory remarks by Sapp and Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington.

Hadhazy also cited Sapp's use of "excessively abusive language" with game officials after they tried to warn him not to disrupt warmups prior to a Monday night loss to Indianapolis on October 6.

In a September 14 loss to Carolina, Sapp was penalized for verbal abuse of an official.

In threatening to suspend the six-time Pro Bowler, Hadhazy said, "Your continuing disrespectful and intimidating conduct has no place in the game."

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