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.

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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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Warren Sapp files for bankruptcy, claims he’s lost his Super Bowl ring

Warren Sapp made well over $40 million in his football career from salaries and other monies, yet he filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Florida to receive relief from the debt he’s accrued.

According to TMZ, Sapp owes more than $6.7 million to various creditors while he lists his assets at $6.45 million (some problem to have, huh?). Sapp’s paperwork claims the former defensive lineman lost his 2002 Super Bowl ring and his 1991 national championship ring from Miami.

We wonder if Sapp really lost those possessions, or if he’s claiming he has so that he doesn’t have to sell them in the liquidation process.

He reportedly owes around $940k to the IRS and hundreds of thousands in missed child support and alimony payments, which likely won’t be relieved by the bankruptcy filing.

Not only did Sapp completely mismanaged the millions he made during his playing career, but he’s also earning $45k per month and $540k per year as an analyst for NFL Network. He makes more in a month than many people do in a year, yet he’s in debt. That’s pathetic.

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Jose Canseco wants to fight Warren Sapp

Jose Canseco, last seen being dropped from the Mexican League over a testosterone issue, is targeting ex-NFL player Warren Sapp for his next celebrity fight.

Canseco apparently heard about the whole Jeremy Shockey-Warren Sapp spat and gave Shockey one of his infamous Twitter hugs late Saturday night. He then followed that by asking on Twitter “Does Warren Sapp MMA?”

Sapp responded on Sunday, leading to a proposal from Canseco:

So Canseco is now eyeing Sapp as a tuneup for his proposed fight with Shaq. I’d offer some commentary, but let’s be fair here, who doesn’t Jose Canseco want to fight as long as it means decent money and extra publicity?

Warren Sapp reprimanded by NFL Network: ‘He’s an analyst, not a reporter’

Warren Sapp created quite the buzz when he threw Jeremy Shockey under the bus and accused him of being a snitch in the NFL’s investigation of the Saints’ infamous bounty program. However, Sapp, who works for NFL Network, has been admonished by his bosses for making the allegation without going through the proper channels, as NFL Network Senior Vice President of Programming and Production Mark Quenzel explained to Pro Football Talk in a statement:

“We have discussed it with Warren and stressed that he is an analyst and not a reporter for NFL Network. In the future, if he comes across something he thinks is news he will let his producers know and before it is reported or Tweeted, that content will be subject to the same verification procedure that our reporters follow.”

Earlier this week Sapp tweeted and later repeated on air that Shockey was the whistle blower for the Saints’ bounty system. Shockey profusely refuted the claims, even showing a text from Saints coach Sean Payton that he thought exonerated him. Sapp hasn’t revealed his source.

We thought what Sapp did to Shockey was pretty reckless and was a fireable offense. Obviously Sapp losing his job is not going to happen now. Hopefully he’s learned that somebody with his stature and position can’t throw damaging accusations around so loosely without being entirely certain.

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