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Jeremy Shockey blasts Warren Sapp over damaging snitch allegation

Warren Sapp irresponsibly tweeted Wednesday that Jeremy Shockey was the “snitch” who told the NFL investigators about the Saints bounty system. Shockey, who played for the Saints two of the three years they had bounties, denied Sapp’s accusation, but the allegation spread across the internet and ended up on many major sports websites. It was even discussed on NFL Network which is owned by the league. There is a serious conflict because the league promised to protect anyone who reports wrongdoing in the NFL. Now the only thing Shockey can do is defend his reputation.

Shockey has said he has a strong relationship with Saints coach Sean Payton and that he wouldn’t rat him out. Shockey even suggested he and Sapp take a lie detector test and show it on TV. But his most powerful words came when he blasted Warren Sapp.

“Sapp can say what he wants about me, but if he really says that he’ll put his life on the line for his source, we’ll see,” he told Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports. “I’ve never been a guy who failed multiple drug tests. I’ve never been divorced. I don’t have four kids by four different women. I don’t lie. This attacks my character and it’s not fair.”

Wow, talk about a burn. It’s nice Shockey brought all that up about Sapp because many people don’t realize what a clown he is. We’ve tried to point it out before and we’ll do it again.

Sapp’s claim about Shockey is irreversible. Once the word gets out that Shockey is the snitch — which is exactly what Sapp did — that’s all most people will hear. They won’t know about Shockey’s denial (or they’ll dismiss it). They won’t do the research and realize that Shockey was upset when he first heard about the allegation several weeks ago. They dismiss the reports from Mike Freeman of CBS and Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk who both say Shockey was not the snitch. Nope, most people from now on will think Jeremy Shockey is the reason the Saints got into so much trouble, even if it’s not true, all because of Sapp.

Sapp’s disgustingly irresponsible tweet is grounds for firing. Anyone with Sapp’s clout (or less for that matter) should never throw out a name unless they are 100% certain about their report and have evidence to prove it when it comes to such a sensitive subject. You especially don’t do that when you’re an employee of a league looking to clean up the game, not discourage people from ever stepping forward again. This was a colossal mistake by Sapp on several levels. The only proper response is for him to apologize for saddling Shockey with a snitch label for life and to be fired for his recklessness.

UPDATE: Shockey has tweeted a screen shot of a text conversation between him and Sean Payton which seemingly proves that there are no hard feelings.


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  • Brandon Corbitt

    Just because Shockey is willing to take a lie detector test and was upset as soon as the news about this came out does NOT make him innocent.  Multiple players (especially recently) who have been caught with anything (mostly steroids) will talk about how they never did it and how theyre upset with the assumptions that they did.  Also in regards to Warren Sapp being fired, he works in a job that is kept alive by RUMORS, whether it be trades or news such as this.  Imagine if this were a player (and I will once again use the same scenario) using steroids, and Sapp had someone contact him about it.  Would we not want him to report it even though he wasnt there to watch the needle go in?  Not at all, and on the flip side of it, if he didnt report it we would all be upset that he didnt.  Before you go making decisions as NFL commisioner on who should be fired, take a look at all the angle and possibilities.  No one waits for 100% certainty in that kind of work (as you should well know).  Also as a side comment, since Shockey wants to blast Warren Sapp about the mistakes in his life, makes him also look a bit more guilty, trying to take the spotlight off of himself.

  • Anonymous

    The biggest issue here Brandon is not even Shockey’s guilt. The biggest issue is that now people in the NFL won’t step forward when their team is doing something unethical and illegal? Is it snitching and makes you a bad teammate? Yeah, probably. But this isn’t the streets, its a company. If a company is producing a dangerous product and an employee steps forward, they are supposed to be protected from firing or mistreatment. If Shockey DID step forward and report that his branch of the company was doing something unethical and illegal, his anonymity should be protected. Instead he will receive the ire of fans, teammates and may very well be unhireable.

  • brandon Mack

    What goes on in the locker room should stay in the locker room… and not on the desk of the great overseer Goodell. Shockey should receive the ire of fans and teammates if he is running his big mouth out of spite. Football is a dangerous sport; players know the risk involved. Prevention of helmet to helmet contact is impossible, and the defense is always penalized. How many times have you seen an offensive player be penalized for initiating a dangerous hit. This practice creates an unfair advantage for the defense. Pretty soon we will be watching the NFFL (National Flag Football League) or the NTHTFL (National Two Hand Touch Football League)

  • brandon Mack

    re: Advantage offense

  • Anonymous

    People need to be very careful what they tweet.  There are still libel laws in this country and Sapp cannot deny it.  If I were Mr. Shockey I would be consulting an attorney.

  • Anonymous

    Kudos to Larry Brown for a well written, to the point, article. When I see even a peek or hear even one word of Sapps I literally cant change the channel fast enough. He has been a low IQ, big mouth idiot for a decade or more, and I question the upper mgmt of ANY company that would actually give him a speaking job. LOL. I mean, come on! Dude is a clown of clowns whos every word is an attack, and it is clear that he lives for confrontation. Whats funny is; somehow it took the big, pointless mouth of Sapp to actually feel sorry for an asshole like Shockey. Go eat another cheeseburger Sapp, your nothin but an Etough guy.

  • Anonymous

     Your comments have already shown that Sapp’s words have accomplished what Larry Brown stated in the article:

    “Sapp’s claim about Shockey is irreversible. Once the word gets out that
    Shockey is the snitch — which is exactly what Sapp did — that’s all most
    people will hear. “

  • Anonymous

    First off, Shockey very well may be completely innocent. Warren Sapp is possibly destroying someone’s career, without presenting a shred of evidence and you are only spreading the slander against a possibly innocent person. Secondly, the fact that I have to use the term ‘guilty’ or ‘innocent’ is absurd. this was not a crime. As an Eagles fan, I am as big a fan as the next guy of big hits and yes, injuries do happen and it is part of the game and part of me is sad to see the game becoming too soft. However, for people to say they know the risks is unfair because they know the risks of the everyday game. They do not know that when they were playing the Saints, the players on the Saints defense were being financially rewarded, hell bribed, to go out with the intention of literally wounding them. Big hits are part of the game, intentionally hurting someone through incentive laden cheap shots, low blows and whatever else is not. Big, legal hits are more than enough as I am pretty sure none of us could take a regular hit from a Ray Lewis or Jonathan Vilma, in pads, and not get hurt.

  • Anonymous

    Shockey should consult an attorney and sued Sapp for defamation of character and criminal intention to destroy Shockey chance to continue to make his living as a professional football player.
    This guy Warren is inept, offensive, and very immature. I just can’t believe this guy can be any sort of analyst, especially for the NFL network. What a shame to hire this mediocrity, having plenty of respected talent out there.
    Shockey may not be perfect, I don’t believe for a minute he is a snitch. If Warren has the ball to accuse Shockey openly, well he should have the ball to prove it. Otherwise, he should be punishing by legal means for defamation of character. I believed Warren have a personal vendetta against Shockey.
    Beside that Mr. Warren you may be an professional ex-football player with a Super Bowl ring, but as a citizen you are a disgrace since you don’t understand that what the Saints did to other players is discussing, unethical, and criminal.
    The NFL should stripped down the Super Bowl title from the Saints since they accomplished by committing criminal behavior.
    Any player that came forward as snitch not only should be protected, but commended for his courage to restore the integrity of the game. We live an imperfect world where some people are willing to commit crimes and shameful actions in other to conquer their desires.
    Warren I don’t know what kind of values you possess, but I strongly believe that We as citizens, and involved directly or indirectly any kind of organization/team have the moral responsibility to bring to justice this twisted and coward criminal behavior that intent to destroy innocent people/players life’s, so that and for our future generations, we maintains high standards of sportsmanship respect, hard work, and ethical conduct that will inspire our youths to compete around an healthy and ethical environment.

  • Anonymous

    Didnt Warren Sapp refer to the owner of the Tampa Bay Bucs as a slave master?And in a short amount of time was traded to the Raiders for next to nothing? Yeah,I believe thats the truth.Just consider the source and see this situation for exactly what it is.

  • Anonymous

    Warren Sapp is a turkey.

    As a threshold matter, he tries to be “controversial” to stay relevant (e.g., “the Steelers defense is old and slow”) and acts like a spaz on Inside the NFL. There are many more analysts that do a much better job. Now he throws Shockey under the bus. Sapp is a douche that suffers from the common affliction many former players suffer from: being bitter from being out of the game, bitter they aren’t the center of attention. 

  • Anonymous

    Plain and simple, Sapp is a Moron, he should learn to keep his mouth shut.If your defending him, your just as much a moron as he, he is  grown man, who should be able to control his outburst, and , well, he cant, cause hes a damn meathead, he should be canned right now, not after an investigation, NOW. What he said cant be taken back, and even if proven wrong, its still a shot that wont ever be forgotten…

  • Anonymous

    I am no fan of Jeremy Shockey.  However, when matched against a piece of crap like Warren Sapp, I am Jeremy’s biggest fan.  Somehow, someway….Sapp MUST pay the consequences for his flat-out slander OR he must provide the ‘truth’ that led to his assertions.   I hope Jeremy rolls Warren for this and that the NFL Network pretends it has some integrity and fires Sapp immediately.  

  • Anonymous

    Warren Sapp is the snitch who made things more dangerous in the NFL.Some one snitch on Shockey to Sapp then Sapp snitched on Shockey that he’s this snitch.Sounds like a bunch of snitches,but if a boss at your work is trying to get employees to do things to put other employees and your self in danger so you report them are you the snitch?Our the one following rules and looking out for others and your selfs  well being?Sapp needs to be fired,he has shown he has no business in the career or position he is in.FIRE SAPP TODAY!