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Warren Sapp Coaching High School Students ... Despite Arrests

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0212_warren_sapp_tmzWould you let a guy who was arrested for 2 violent crimes last year coach your high school kid? 

What if that person was an NFL Hall of Famer? 

That's the conversation the people behind a high school football combine in Florida had recently about Warren Sapp ... people who ultimately decided Sapp deserves a chance.  

Sapp will be hosting the Showcase Combine in Hollywood, FL next weekend -- coaching and mentoring promising prep football players who want to play college football.

Event organizers tell us they were hesitant to bring Sapp on board at first considering he was convicted in two separate violent incidents in 2015. 

But after spending time with Sapp, organizers decided he deserves an opportunity to prove he's a changed man.  

We spoke with Jerome Harriot -- the head honcho in charge of the event -- who tells us, "People understand that people make mistakes and the reality is that people in this community know what he’s really like." 

Harriot says he truly believes Sapp can have a positive impact on the kids -- "He's a great coach. He can definitely put children on the right athletic and educational track."

As for Warren, Harriot says Sapp is "very excited and passionate about this." 

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