A married mother of three, Carroll has a son who plays defensive back for the Miami Dolphins.
Carroll was the brunt of late-night talk show hosts last summer after she apologized for offending lesbians when she said black women who engage in those relationships don’t look like her.
Carroll, who was implying that black lesbians aren’t attractive, made the remarks when she was asked about court documents in which a fired staffer claims that she walked in on Carroll and a female travel aide in a compromising position. Carroll denies that claim.
The former staffer is charged with violating state law for allegedly giving a recording of a conversation with Carroll’s chief of staff to a newspaper reporter.
Anderson reported from Miami. Associated Press writers Kelli Kennedy in Miami; Tamara Lush in St. Petersburg and Tim Talley in Anadarko, Okla., contributed to this story.