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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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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.

Warren Sapp wouldn’t sign Randy Moss because he’s a ‘frontrunner’

Randy Moss did not play in the NFL last season, but he announced last week he’s planning to make a comeback for the upcoming season. Warren Sapp, his former teammate in Oakland, says he wouldn’t sign the wide receiver.

“I’ve already played with [Randy] Moss, and what Cris Carter said — first time Cris ever said anything I agree with, I mean it’s the first time that he actually said something with some substance,” Sapp said on The Dan Patrick Show. “I just call Randy a frontrunner.”

Cris Carter is another former teammate of Moss. Carter called Randy a quitter during a recent interview. Sapp then explained the difference between being a quitter and a frontrunner.

“When everything is good, it’s wonderful, it’s great,” Sapp said. “But when a little adversity hits, it’s ‘No, no, no. Don’t ask me to help us come up out of this.’”

Both Sapp and Carter are correct. Not only did Randy quit on the Raiders, but he essentially forced the Patriots to trade him. After that, he “vomited” on the Vikings‘ locker room, and then hardly contributed with the Titans. Moss’ career numbers don’t lie — he is a frontrunner (or quitter, if you prefer).

Here is the audio of Sapp’s comments:

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Chaz Schilens on Warren Sapp: Everyone on the Raiders Thinks He’s a Joke

Warren Sapp has made a living off trash talking. He did it during his playing career for the Bucs and Raiders, and he’s doing it now as a broadcaster. He’s made explosive comments about LeBron James and Keyshawn Johnson and received the type of attention he was seeking. But Raiders receiver Chaz Schilens sees right through the act, and so do his teammates.

“Warren Sapp is a fool,” Schilens said, apparently bothered by Sapp’s disrespect of the Raiders. “That dude is stupid. He played for the Raiders 20 years ago, no one cares what he says, nobody likes him, he’s a joke … Everyone on this team thinks he’s a joke. So, he can make his predictions next week, and we’ll watch ‘em and we’ll go out and win. … That’s about it.”

Sapp had his feelings hurt and went on the offensive. He responded via his Twitter account.

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Warren Sapp: Pretty Boy LeBron James Would Never Make it in NFL

As tired as I’ve grown of hearing people talk about LeBron James playing football, this was just too funny to pass up.  With Jalen Rose appearing as a guest panelist on the NFL Network’s No Huddle on Wednesday night, the topic of LeBron possibly taking his talents to the NFL arose.  Jalen danced around the subject a bit before ultimately concluding that football would be “too physical” and “too demanding” to make the transition, but Warren Sapp was hardly as generous when talking about King James and the NFL.

“How about LeBron do one-sixth of what (Michael) Jordan did, let’s see him go win a championship,” Sapp said according to the USA Today. “Go do that. Go see if you can conquer your sport before you come over here because them boys on defense, we like pretty boys like that. We want to split them.”

Maybe a little dramatic with the tough guy act from Warren, but he’s certainly right.  It’s easy to be one of the strongest guys on the basketball court, but LeBron would get smacked around in the NFL by guys who are just as big as him but hit people for a living.  Maybe he’d haul in a great pass down the middle of the field, but the fun would end when he got lit up by a guy like Ed Reed.

Then again, after watching Tebow Time on Thursday night and knowing LeBron has an open invitation from Tebow to join the Broncos, perhaps Timmy can turn him into an NFL winner.

Chest bump to I Am a GM for passing the story along.

Warren Sapp Upset with Snub from Al Golden Despite Criticizing the Hire

Warren Sapp has had an icy relationship with the University of Miami since playing football for them in the early-to-mid 90s. The former Hurricanes standout says he had gone 15 years without returning to the school until attending the team’s Pro Day this year. At the Pro Day, Sapp says he made himself available to speak with new coach Al Golden but he was snubbed. Here’s what he told The Finsiders during an interview this week:

“All this reaching out? I stood in that locker room for two hours. You think Al Golden came and saw me? I’ll leave it at that, for all Canes fans.”

“I walked into the school, to the weight room where it says ‘We make champions here,’ stood there for two hours and the head coach didn’t come down to say hello or nothing. Let’s stop talking about this Al Golden reaching out and reaching back and telling everyone they’re welcome. It’s bull.”

“I went to my university for the first time in 15 years. I didn’t see Al Golden. I guess I gotta write a check to see Al Golden.”

Sapp can rant all he wants, but what he’s conveniently leaving out is how he criticized the hiring of Al Golden when it was announced. Evidence: There was this tweet on December 10th “Who The Hell Is Al Golden. And How U Fix The Greatest Program In America Coming from 1 of the Worst Program Ever. Somebody Help Me. I’m On a Bridge Talk Me Down Please!”

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Warren Sapp on Keyshawn’s Interior Decorating Show: He’s a Bitch

Even though he’s been off acting as a diva on Dancing With the Stars lately, Warren Sapp still hasn’t lost his magical touch of talking smack. The guy got off some good blasts on the ’06 Raiders team, and some even better ones on Al Davis recently. But as MDS at PFT tells us via Adam Schefter, Sapp may have saved his best blast for Keyshawn Johnson when answering a viewer’s question for Inside the NFL:

(On whether he would ever watch Keyshawn Johnson’s reality show about interior design)
SAPP: Me, watch Keyshawn on an interior decorating show? Keyshawn, I knew you were a bitch. And thanks for making it all clear.

MDS points out that this isn’t the first time Sapp’s taken a shot at Keyshawn. He’s called him a bigger malcontent than T.O., and diminished Key’s skills as well. Seems like much ado about nothing, but maybe Sapp’s just one of those guys that always has to have the serrated edge. And believe me when I say that I’m eagerly awaiting Keyshawn’s response. Maybe he’s just the bigger man between the two children, though Key does have a pretty big mouth too so I am optimistic.