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Warren Sapp: Bill Belichick said he wanted to draft me so bad he had an erection

When Bill Belichick was coaching the Browns back in the mid-1990s, he had his sights set a defensive tackle from Miami named Warren Sapp. That is, assuming you believe Sapp’s recollection of his exchange with the three-time Super Bowl champion head coach. During an appearance on the “The Scott Van Pelt Show,” Sapp talked about a short meeting he had with Belichick following his pro day in 1995.

“He’s like ‘I just wanna tell you this before I go,’” Sapp recalled. “He said ‘I wanna draft you so bad that I have an erection right now. But Mike Lombardi would not let me draft you.’”

As JoeBucsFan.com pointed out, Sapp recently told Howard Stern that Lombardi, who worked in the Browns front office, wanted nothing to do with him because of some inaccurate information the Browns security team found about Sapp’s background that scared them away. Apparently Cleveland’s head coach at the time really appreciated Warren’s talent, and given how his ensuing career unfolded Sapp probably would have been a good pick for the Browns.

While it is not surprising to hear Sapp reveal information about someone that they don’t want going public, it will be exciting to see how Belichick reacts when the first reporter has the stones to ask him about this during a press conference. Will we see the Belichick who kept it loose leading up to the Super Bowl or the one who would rather have four root canals in a day than answer a question about an injury? Time will tell.

Helmet smack to Pro Football Talk

Warren Sapp still thinks Jeremy Shockey was Saints bounty snitch

Warren Sapp still believes Jeremy Shockey snitched on the Saints about their alleged bounty program, though he has slightly revised his original stance.

During a 40-minute visit with Mike Francesa on WFAN to promote his new book “Sapp Attack,” the former Bucs and Raiders defensive tackle maintained his belief that Jeremy Shockey snitched on the Saints.

“I stick by my source,” Sapp said. “Some of the information that was given to them, he was one of them.”

Sapp continues to slander Shockey despite being reprimanded by NFL Network, and despite apologizing to Shockey.

He also confirmed to Francesa that he was punished by NFL Network.

“I guess that’s what you call it,” Sapp said when asked about being reprimanded. “30 days at home.”

Count Francesa as someone who believes Shockey could have snitched on the Saints. The host responded to Sapp’s allegation by saying, “it wouldn’t surprise me.”

Sapp proved that he really hasn’t learned from the original incident. If he realized it was wrong to make that allegation on such a big stage, then he wouldn’t be repeating it now. It’s also noteworthy that he seemed to revise his original accusation.

The way Sapp first presented his allegation against Shockey, he made it seem like the tight end WAS the reason the Saints were investigated and punished by the NFL. In his interview with Francesa, he softened his stance and said the tight end was only one of the sources, which doesn’t make Shockey look as bad.

Either way, Sapp still looks foolish for continuing to slander Shockey months after being punished and apologizing.

H/T Jimmy Traina

Warren Sapp says he apologized to Jeremy Shockey

After publicizing his baseless claims that Jeremy Shockey was the snitch in the Saints bounty scandal and also somehow keeping his job with NFL Network, Warren Sapp has apologized to the man he threw under the bus. Or so he says.

Sapp was a guest on Toucher and Rich on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston recently and said that he apologized to Shockey when the two ran into each other not long after the whole ordeal involving them began. While Sapp still stands by his “reporting,” he said he was sorry for the way he handled it.

“I saw Jeremy about a week after it all went down at a Heat game … and I told him, I said, ‘I apologize for putting it on the street level and making it derogatory towards you,’” Sapp said (via Sports Radio Interviews). “The information that was passed to me, I stand by my source, but I hate that I put it on a level, that wasn’t the way it should be. … That’s what I apologized for, because I put it on a way lower level than it should’ve been. It was something serious that never shoulda went on and stuff like that. So that’s the problem I have with myself and what I said to him.”

Sapp also added that he believes he and Shockey are on proper terms now.

“The two times I’ve seen him I haven’t had a problem with him, but if he does we can go out in the grass and get it over with,” Sapp said. “I don’t have a problem with getting my knuckles a little scarred up.”

Now, we still have yet to hear from Shockey if Sapp’s attempted apology was substantial enough for him. If it’s not, we should buy air time for this grass fight Sapp appears eager for.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Warren Sapp dropped by Showtime, returning to NFL Network

There was speculation that Warren Sapp might be out of his broadcasting gigs after his false snitch accusation about Jeremy Shockey, especially after he was reprimanded by NFL Network. But Sapp so far has gone 1-for-2 and is producing a batting average good enough to get him into the Hall of Fame.

Showtime announced last week that Sapp was being dropped from his role on the weekly show “Inside the NFL.” But NFL Network made it publicly known that Sapp will be back with them.

NFL Network executive producer Eric Weinberger told USA Today Sports that “this is probably going to be news to some blogs and articles out there who’ve said his time is up here, but we picked up an option year on his contract.”

That’s big news for Sapp who has bankruptcy debts to deal with. So for those of you who enjoy Sapp’s analysis, you’ll get to see him on NFL Network for the next year. And for those of you who aren’t fans, you can only hope a celebrity death match between Sapp and Trent Dilfer is arranged.

H/T Black Sports Online
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Warren Sapp disses Trent Dilfer in new book; Dilfer takes high road

Warren Sapp has never been shy about sharing his opinion, regardless of whose feelings he may be hurting. He has a new book called “Sapp Attack” coming out, and it seems like it won’t spare anyone.

Excerts from the book were published by the Tampa Bay Times and it looks like Sapp takes shots at Lane Kiffin, the Bucs organization, and Keyshawn Johnson. The harshest criticism seemed reserved for Trent Dilfer.

“Dilfer … basically was an interception waiting to happen. There were times we practically pleaded with him, ‘We know you’re not going to score a touchdown, but please, just don’t turn it over.’”

Dilfer, who has put together arguably a better career as a broadcaster than professional quarterback, responded in a mature way.

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Warren Sapp says he chose bankruptcy over jail

Warren Sapp opened up about the financial problems he’s facing and told the Tampa Bay Times in a recent interview that he opted for bankruptcy over jail.

“Do you think I wanted to declare bankruptcy? Do you think if there was any other way possible I would have done it? It was either this or go to jail. Those were my choices,” Sapp said.

Sapp told the paper he grossed about $60 million during his playing days, but things began going badly in 2005 with real estate deals gone wrong. He was working on a low-income housing project and he says construction began on three houses before buyers had been approved for the mortgages, which is not the way he wanted to order things. The houses went unsold and he ended up owing $1 million to his partners. He says 100% of his lofty wages from NFL Network were garnished for 11 months to pay the debts, leaving him with more debts because he was unable to pay his bills.

Sapp also said most of his enormous 240 pair shoe collection was given to him by Nike, and he laughed off his lion and zebra rugs, as well the painting of nude women in his bedroom.

It’s really tough to feel badly for Sapp, who admitted he was a little embarrassed by the bankruptcy filing. Even if he owed $1 million because of failed real estate deals, the guy earned easily over $30 million after taxes. That shouldn’t be enough money to put him in debt. Clearly the extent of his financial issues went well beyond that one bad deal.

Now that the two are in the same financial position, I think the only solution is to have Sapp and Jose Canseco fight with the pot going to the winner. Tell me that wouldn’t be the dirtiest fight ever.

Warren Sapp ‘likely’ done at NFL Network, report says

Already filing for bankruptcy last week, Warren Sapp could be facing additional problems in his future.

The Boston Globe reports Sapp’s stint as an analyst with NFL Network is “likely over.” This comes in the wake of Sapp’s controversial accusation last month that Jeremy Shockey was the whistle blower in the Saints’ bounty scandal. The network reprimanded Sapp, saying he is an “analyst, not a reporter,” but did not fire him. However, Sapp hasn’t appeared on the network since that week.

According to Sapp’s bankruptcy paperwork, he makes roughly $540,000 per year for his NFL Network gig. The Globe’s report cites a source that says his contract is not expected to be renewed when it expires in August. Pro Football Talk confirms that Sapp will be “benched” until his deal is up.

We’ve been vocal in the past about our belief that Sapp should have been dismissed from the network for his reckless handling of the serious allegations he leveled against Shockey. It appeared he was just going to get away with a slap on the wrist. Now it looks as if his contract simply won’t be picked up, as a consequence. Better late than never.

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