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Warren Sapp the latest to question Jadeveon Clowney’s work ethic

Jadeveon ClowneyThe debate continues to rage on over whether Jadeveon Clowney is worthy of the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. There is no denying Clowney’s athleticism, but there have been plenty of questions about his work ethic. On Monday’s edition of “NFL Total Access,” former NFL players Warren Sapp and Heath Evans ripped Clowney’s decision to decline private workouts with teams before the draft.

“I look at Jadeveon Clowney’s tape and I don’t see a guy that’s playing the game with his hair on fire,” Sapp said. “If it’s my pick, I’m taking Teddy Bridgewater. I believe Teddy Bridgewater is that quarterback who gets it done.”

Bridgewater has tumbled down the draft boards with poor performances during the offseason, but that’s a debate for another day. Sapp and Evans both blasted Clowney for turning down NFL teams who are interested in jumpstarting his career.

“What else is he doing, not waking up?” Sapp said. “The next job you have is rushing the quarterback, young man, getting ready for the NFL. If you wake up every morning and you’re not prepared to go out and do the things you have to be either be an outside linebacker or pass rushing specialist, what else is there?

“You can blow your knee out walking your doggy. So why would you not work out for a team that has twenty million-plus dollars for you?”

Evans was just as harsh.

“There’s just so many little things about this kid that deter you from getting on his side,” he said. “This kid turns down private workouts? He says, ‘Well, I don’t want to get hurt.’ You should be training harder on the day that you’re not at a private workout than how hard they would work you on the private workout.”

Of course, Sapp had to throw in some crap about how he is a first-ballot Hall of Famer who was happy to work out for NFL teams when they wanted him to, but both he and Evans have a point. You can understand Clowney not wanting to risk injury, but he must be working out anyway. Why not get a head start on working with NFL teams?

Warren Sapp: I begged Michael Strahan for forgiveness

Michael Strahan Warren Sapp

Warren Sapp has apparently said all he has to say about Michael Strahan, because he finally waved the white flag on Saturday night. Despite Sapp’s insistence over the last year that Strahan does not deserve to be in the Hall of Fame, the former New York Giants defensive end was inducted into Canton over the weekend. And Sapp welcomed him with open arms.

“I hugged him and wouldn’t let him go,” Sapp said on Sunday, via Anwar S. Richardson of Shutdown Corner. “I said, ‘Please forgive me.’ I said, ‘Dumb Lex Luthor came to the city of Gotham and pulled Superman’s cape. How foolish could I have been, my man? Please forgive me.

“And if he tells the story any different that, he’s lying to you, America, because I sure did apologize. I’m going to beg for forgiveness because there’s a party in Canton, and I promise you, I’m not going to miss it.”

Just last week, Sapp got so wrapped up in his war of words with Strahan that he challenged him to a fight. For whatever reason, Sapp has been dead set against Strahan joining him in the Hall of Fame and believes his sack record should have an asterisk next to it. He has apparently changed his mind.

“Welcome to the club, buddy,” Sapp said. “I’m so happy he’s there. We’re all there. This game cannot be told without Michael Strahan and Warren Sapp because Sapp and Strahan go well together.”

For the most part, it seems like Strahan would love to go without Sapp. Warren has been the one attacking him for seemingly no reason. Both players are two of the best defensive linemen to ever play the game. Sapp should have stopped talking sooner.

Warren Sapp gets personal with Michael Strahan, challenges him to fight

Michael Strahan Warren Sapp

The issues between Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan continued a day after they traded shots.

The beef began when Sapp was asked Tuesday whether he felt Strahan would get into the Hall of Fame this year. Sapp said he felt Strahan’s resume comes up short. But he wasn’t just offering his opinion, he went extra hard by talking about Strahan’s “mythical sack record” and lack of consecutive Pro Bowls.

Strahan responded later in the day and didn’t understand Sapp’s issue with him. He also said Sapp was going about it like a “coward,” saying that Sapp should speak with him if he has an issue.

On Wednesday, Sapp clarified that he views Strahan as a Hall of Famer, just not this year because of the competition in the class. Still, he took some more shots at Strahan.

“It was about his resume; I wasn’t talking about the man. But the sheep and the lion and all that? I don’t understand. He still can’t rush that right end. Three years, 12 sacks!” Sapp told Newsday Wednesday.

And just when he was saying his criticism of Strahan was not personal but strictly football-based, he got personal.

“I was just talking about his resume,” Sapp told Jim Rome. “I didn’t say anything about his gap tooth or his S words or his F words that I don’t understand. What the hell he is saying? So if he wants to go personal we can go personal, but I was just stacking his resume against the class.”

Sapp was also upset with Strahan for calling him a coward and then challenged the former Giants defensive lineman to a fight.

“Pick the spot and I’ll come see you and you can have a dose of it,” Sapp told Rome. “If you think that’s what it is, pick the spot and I’ll come see you.”

Yes, this is definitely personal. I don’t care what Sapp says — he definitely has an issue with Strahan.

Michael Strahan doesn’t understand what Warren Sapp’s problem is

Michael StrahanMichael Strahan responded on Tuesday to Warren Sapp, who once again criticized the former New York Giants defensive lineman’s credentials for the Hall of Fame.

On Tuesday, Sapp, who was part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013, told Newsday that Strahan should fall short of making it into Canton this year. Strahan is one of the finalists for the Class of 2014, which will be announced Saturday.

Strahan doesn’t get why Sapp is so critical of him.

“I don’t understand what the problem is, to be … honest with you,” Strahan said, via the New York Daily News. “If you have a problem with me, I’m the type of guy you come and talk to me. I’m not a coward to talk to somebody else when I have somebody’s number. I’m going to come to you and tell you if I have a problem.

“So I don’t understand what this whole thing is about.”

Sapp has long said that Strahan doesn’t measure up as a Hall of Famer. He believes Strahan is receiving support because he played in New York, is on TV, and is viewed as a likable, friendly guy. Strahan gave a sarcastic response to all that.

“I am. I’m all hype. I lasted 15 years on all hype, 1411/2 career sacks — all hype . . . Yeah, I was all hype.”

This feud has been brewing for over a decade, and it really is clear that Sapp just doesn’t like Strahan. When Strahan set the sack record thanks to Brett Favre lying down, Sapp called it a “travesty.”

The two sparred last February, and Sapp took another shot at Michael in June. And now he’s doing it again. I guess if you get your buddy to lay down for you to give you a record, Sapp won’t ever let it go.

Sure, that was a crappy way to set a record, but Sapp’s being so biased here. Strahan might not be as good as Sapp, who is one of the greatest defensive tackles ever, but Strahan is still a Hall of Famer. Once he gets that gold jacket, Sapp better start treating him like someone who earned it.

Warren Sapp: Michael Strahan does not have a Hall of Fame resume

Michael Strahan Warren Sapp

Warren Sapp is dead set against Michael Strahan being elected to the Hall of Fame. Sapp dislikes Strahan for whatever reason, and the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman has been beating the same drum for about a year now. He was beating it again at Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday.

“I don’t think his resume stacks up,” Sapp said when asked about Strahan’s chances of getting into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, according to Newsday’s Neil Best. “He only has four straight pro bowls and a mythical sack record. When you really measure him up he comes up short.”

Sapp has long contested that Strahan’s single-season sack record of 22.5 should have an asterisk next to it because Brett Favre basically laid down to give him the record. Last year, Sapp opened fire on Strahan when he said he knew he was about to be elected into the Hall of Fame when the vote came down to him and the former New York Giant.

You can understand Sapp pulling for his former teammate when he said over the summer that Simeon Rice should make the Hall of Fame over Strahan, but his latest argument is pretty weak. Strahan may have only gone to the Pro Bowl in four consecutive seasons, but his total number of Pro Bowl appearances (7) is the same as Sapp’s. Both were also named First-Team All-Pros four times. And it doesn’t hurt that Strahan is 5th in the NFL in career sacks with 141.5.

Sapp has also argued that Strahan would not have had so much success if he didn’t switch to left defensive end, which allowed him to match up against the opposing team’s right tackle. And finally, he thinks Strahan gets more credit than he deserves because he is on a talk show.

“Oh it’s Michael, aw, he’s our guy, he’s on TV with Kelly and oh, he’s such a good guy!” Sapp said Tuesday.

Give it up, Warren. You sound pathetic.

Warren Sapp: Richie Incognito called me the N-word during game

Warren SappAs the debate rages on over whether or not Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito is racist, Warren Sapp has been kind enough to share a personal story about a time he and Incognito faced one another. Sapp is always happy to deflect attention onto himself, but that’s a story for another day.

During an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show” Wednesday, Sapp claimed Incognito once called him the N-word during a game.

“I beat him up so many times it don’t make sense,” Sapp said of facing Incognito. “One time he kicked me in a game and called me the N-word. I looked at him and said, ‘Oh, you want me to punch you in the mouth so they kick me out of the game.’ I said, ‘I got a better plan for you. I’m gonna beat your quarterback up so they cut your ass.’

“He kicked me and called me the N-word. I said, ‘Really? That’s all you got (laughing).’”

Sapp was then asked if the exchange bothered him.

“No, come on,” he replied. “That’s a term of endearment where I’m from. Come on, in a football game? He only wants to get me kicked out. He don’t wanna fight because the only thing he’d have to do is call me after the football game. Just come over to the locker room and say it after the game.”

Sapp went on to explain that calling people names and hitting below the belt — figuratively speaking — is normal during a game. He admitted that he has done plenty of it, but he said the surprising thing about Incognito’s situation with Jonathan Martin is that they are teammates.

“Sometimes you say stuff to a guy during games that can really throw them off,” he said. “You normally don’t do it to your own teammate. Offensive lineman are like cattle. They go in groups. There’s never one. There’s always two or three. … If an offensive line alienates one of their own, that’s something in a football environment that I have never seen.”

It doesn’t sound like Sapp was accusing Incognito of being racist. Rather, he was trying to highlight that he acts like a d-bag. We really didn’t need any evidence aside from this video to realize that. Plus, Incognito is an honorary black guy. He’s allowed to use the N-word.

Full Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin history:
Jonathan Martin reportedly went AWOL after cafeteria prank
Jonathan Martin reportedly called ‘Big Weirdo,’ bullied by teammates
Richie Incognito said to be one of Jonathan Martin’s main tormenters
Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito text message conversation
Jonathan Martin reportedly left Dolphins because of emotional issues, not bullying
Jonathan Martin ‘genuinely scared’ of what Richie Incognito might do to him
Richie Incognito suspended indefinitely by Dolphins
Richie Incognito reportedly told Jonathan Martin ‘I’ll kill you’ in racially charged voicemail
Report: Richie Incognito will never play for Dolphins again
Video: Richie Incognito dropped N-bomb during fit of rage at a bar
Antrel Rolle: Jonathan Martin is a ‘grown-ass man,’ just as much to blame as Incognito
Dolphins coaches reportedly asked Richie Incognito to toughen up Jonathan Martin
Richie Incognito makes first comments, says ‘this will pass’
Dolphins players reportedly felt Richie Incognito was ‘honorary’ black man

Warren Sapp: That was an embarrassment to a very proud organization

Warren SappWarren Sapp was among those disappointed — and likely disgusted — with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ performance on Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers.

The Bucs lost 31-13 at home to the Panthers and looked terrible all night. They barely did anything offensively, and they struggled to stop the Carolina offense. They even went for it on 4th and 10 at their 16 when they were down 28-6 with just under eight minutes left.

The entire performance was a joke and you could hear the disappointment in Sapp’s voice as he spoke on the NFL Network set following the game.

“That was hard to watch, that was hard to watch,” Sapp said. “That was an embarrassment to a very proud organization who has dug itself out of 0-23 and just put ourselves in position to where we can hang up a world championship banner and we played some great defense. I’ve never seen a team go for it inside their 20 on 4th and 10. Just tells you we have no chance of winning this game.”

Sapp is one of the greatest players in the Buccaneers’ history. The team went 0-14 in its first season and lost the first 12 games of the next year, meaning they were 0-26 to begin their history. But they became successful after Tony Dungy took over in 1996 and won the Super Bowl under Jon Gruden in the 2002 season. They expect to be a lot better than they have been.

This is the second season under Greg Schiano. They went 7-9 last season, but things have looked like a disaster all this year. From the Josh Freeman situation to the MRSA cases, little has gone right for the Bucs. There’s no wonder they’re 0-7.