Bobby Sippio of NFL fame was arrested in Osceola County, Florida after he and Santana Coats were accused of trying to kill a third party, Sergio Moore, according to news reports. Moore, 27, is reportedly Sippio’s roommate as well as Sippio’s girlfriend’s brother. Sippio, 31, and Coats, 30, were both arrested by Osceola County officials on charges of kidnapping, aggravated battery, and armed robbery. Sippio reportedly remains incarcerated at Osceola County Jail after being denied bail bond. It is not clear whether either defendant has retained a private criminal defense lawyer. It is also unknown whether Coats has qualified for bail bond.
Sippio is most widely known for his professional football career. Starting as an Osceola High School quarterback, Sippio went on to play college football at Western Kentucky before playing for 10 different professional teams, including the Dallas Desperados, the Detroit Lions, and the Tampa Bay Storm. His last stint was with the Orlando Predators, for whom Sippio played wide receiver.
Sippio was reportedly released from his position with the Predators three weeks prior to his arrest for a violation of the team’s ‘moral character standards.’ “Bobby Sippio has been released by the Orlando Predators. He was placed on the inactive list two weeks ago due to conduct detrimental to the team. He has not been at team practices for the past three weeks, nor any team functions,” a spokesperson reportedly stated. The Predators are currently experiencing a losing streak, most recently with the Jacksonville Sharks (55-37).
According to news reports, Sippio and Coats were accused of committing the offenses against Sergio Moore, 27. Moore is reportedly Sippio’s brother’s girlfriend, but the woman’s name and age are not publicly known, and she does not appear to have commented on the alleged altercation. It is also not entirely clear what the alleged motive of the attack was. Although the allegations are for attempted murder, reports indicate that Sippio and Coats actually drove Moore back to his and Sippio’s apartment after the alleged attack, and no further explanation has yet been offered.
Sources indicate that Moore told authorities that the altercation began at approximately 11:00 p.m. on Thursday. Moore had reportedly agreed to help Sippio and Coats move furniture, and Moore purportedly told investigators that he got into Sippio’s vehicle under that pretext. Once in the car, however, Moore said he was faced with a gun. Sippio allegedly drove Moore to a secluded location with a pasture on Oren Brown Road, near Poinciana Boulevard in Osceola County. Sippio and Coats then allegedly attacked Moore, punching and kicking him before threatening him with the gun. The pair then allegedly drove back to Sippio and Moore’s apartment while threatening Moore with the gun.
Moore apparently suffered from lacerations to his head and cheek, swelling in his left wrist and hand, and a broken nose. He was reportedly treated for his injuries at Orlando Regional Medical Center. It does not appear as though his life is in jeopardy. Police reportedly indicated that Coats and Sippio were uncooperative with investigators in the case.
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