Michael Strahan responds to Warren Sapp; Chad Johnson mediates

Michael Strahan Warren Sapp

Michael Strahan responded early Friday morning to Warren Sapp, who seemingly bragged Wednesday about making it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame over Strahan.

Sapp was announced last weekend as one of the members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013. He made it over Strahan, who is one of the best defensive ends in NFL history and will almost assuredly be elected to Canton next year.

During an interview with WDAE’s Tom Jones and Rick Stroud Wednesday, Sapp was asked if he had doubts about making it. He said he did when it came down to him and Strahan.

“Say if I rewind this to Saturday at 12 o’clock me and you are sitting and I say, ‘It breaks down whatever and whatever and then you have Michael Strahan and me. C’mon, the menace and the media darling,’” Sapp said, via Joe Bucs Fan. “C’mon. Madness, or Good Morning America? I mean, c’mon.”

Strahan, who is enjoying a post-football career as an analyst for “FOX NFL Sunday” and host of “Live! with Kelly and Michael,” didn’t understand why Sapp had to invoke his name. He sent a few tweets to Sapp Friday about the matter:

Sapp then suggested Strahan give him a call to talk privately rather than publicly on Twitter if he wanted to discuss things:

That was enough fighting for Strahan, who decided to end the beef by congratulating Sapp, who later responded positively by saying Strahan would be joining him in Canton before long.

Before Sapp responded to Strahan to make peace, Chad Johnson jumped in to remind his colleagues of how good they are and to tell them to stop fighting.

Chad Johnson tweet

We can consider the matter closed as of Friday considering there hasn’t been anything else out of the men on the subject.

What Sapp said makes plenty of sense. I was surprised he made it over Strahan, who had similar qualifications, given that Strahan seemingly had a better relationship with the media. But there was a way Sapp could have presented his comments so that they would have come across less like he was boasting. However, the way Sapp said it makes him who he is — he has always been known as a big talker.

Below is audio of Sapp’s comments on WDAE:

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  • Kevin_Indianapolis

    Obviously, they are saving Strahan’s induction for next year, when the Super Bowl is in NY.  

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I was thinking that he’ll probably get in next year for it for that reason, but I don’t know that I would call it saving it. And I’m guessing Strahan would prefer to just be in ASAP rather than having to wait.

  • Kevin_Indianapolis

    The Pro Football Hall of Fame doesn’t announce vote totals.  No one knows the true process.  It’s a sham, really.  It just doesn’t have the historical significance of the Baseball Hall.  Doesn’t matter if Strahan gets in this season or next.  Strahan was a better candidate than Sapp.  He’ll get in next year.  There’s no way that a group of voters would have voted Sapp over Strahan.  

  • StillAmused

    Who had the better football career can be debated, but this exchange shows without a doubt that Strahan has more class than Sapp will ever have. Warren obviously has some insecurity issues as far as being compared to Micheal. I don’t know his train of thought here, but he had absolutely nothing to gain by mentioning Micheal, and doing so has exposed his lack of character for all to see. As Strahan said, “You don’t need to take a shot at me to justify yourself to other people.” Classy response to a classless statement.