A bombshell report on Tuesday claimed Deion Sanders is assembling one of the most star-studded coaching staffs in college football history, but all of the subjects of that report have blasted it as being inaccurate.
Joe Cook of 16 WAPT News reported that Warren Sapp and Terrell Owens have agreed to serve as assistants on Sanders’ staff at Jackson State. Sanders immediately denied it and blasted Cook for the inaccurate information. Sapp responded to numerous tweets insisting he will not be coaching at Jackson State. He shared the same message to Tampa Bay area reporter Katherine Smith.
Owens chastised the media for not letting Sanders complete his hiring process, which was an interesting way of wording things.
So what is going on? Cook deleted his initial tweet and called his false report a “learning experience.” It’s unclear if he was fed bad information, but it’s interesting that Sanders has yet to announce his coaching staff.
It’s possible that there are legal and/or contractual issues still playing out and that Owens and/or Sapp actually will join Sanders’ staff. Or, perhaps the information truly was inaccurate. We should know before long.
Deion Sanders was officially introduced as the head coach at Jackson State this week. As if that wasn’t enough of a splash for the program, a report on Tuesday claimed Sanders is assembling a coaching staff that would be fit for a reality TV show. Sanders says that report is inaccurate, however.
Joe Cook of 16 WAPT News in Mississippi cited sources who informed him that Terrell Owens will be Sanders’ wide receivers coach and Warren Sapp will coach the defensive line. Sanders quickly shot down the report and said it is “absolutely wrong.”
Owens and Sapp also took to Twitter to rip the report. Sapp responded to a tweet from FOX College Football, which seemingly confirmed the report before attributing it to Cook and then deleting their original tweet.
Sanders has made no formal announcements yet about his staff, but he told reporters on Tuesday that all of the positions have been filled. He said the staff has over 80 years of combined NFL playing and coaching experience.
It’s unclear where the misinformation came from. If you saw the flashy entrance Sanders made when he was introduced at Jackson State on Monday, you may have believed he would hire Owens and Sapp as part of his staff. That would have been fun.
Warren Sapp was accused of seriously injuring actress Paula Trickey at a party during Super Bowl week more than five years ago, which led to a lawsuit against the Hall of Famer. Sapp claims he was never even at the party, and it appears the court has sided with him.
A judge ruled on Aug. 3 that Trickey’s lawyer John Phillips “failed to provide any evidence whatsoever to support” the claim and should have withdrawn the case, according to Page Six. The judge then ordered Trickey to pay a “reasonable attorney’s fee” to Sapp for the case. The fees could be as much as $100,000.
Phillips has filed an appeal and says he is confident the ruling will be overturned. That hasn’t stopped Sapp and his attorneys at Farrell Patel Jomarron & Lopez from celebrating the victory.
“This was a bulls— case!” Sapp told Page Six. “They tried to extort me to payout on some s–t I didn’t do! … I tried every way possible to show they had the wrong person! Literally no one believed me. I was not in two places at the same time!”
Fellow Hall of Famer Andre Reed initially signed an affidavit saying he witnessed Sapp slam into Trickey and knock her to the ground at the ESPN-hosted party on Jan. 31, 2015. Reed later recanted. Sapp has insisted all along that he was not at the party and was instead making a paid appearance at an NFL Alumni party across town.
Trickey, who was arrested for DUI the night of the party, said in 2017 that she was still in pain two years later after an intoxicated Sapp slammed into her. Her case apparently was not strong enough to disprove Sapp’s claim that he was never there.
Warren Sapp was named in a sexual harassment lawsuit that was filed recently against NFL Network, and the Hall of Famer has denied all of the allegations against him. However, one report claims Sapp is not being totally truthful.
Jamie Cantor, a former wardrobe stylist for NFL Network, claims in a lawsuit that Sapp urinated in front of her in a restroom where she was sent to work on articles of clothing, telling her, “Sorry mama, but your office shouldn’t be our sh–ter.” Cantor also said Sapp gave her sex toys as Christmas gifts three straight years and showed her nude photos of women he claimed to have slept with.
In an interview with Andy Slater on WINZ-AM Wednesday, Sapp addressed each of the allegations. He admitted he once walked into a bathroom where Cantor was working, but he said he never urinated in front of her. He also said he may have shown her a photo of a woman in a bikini that he was dating, but insists there were no nude photos. He also addressed the sex toy situation.
“We were sitting there around Christmas time and everybody brought a Christmas gift, a little holiday joy for everybody,” Sapp told Slater, via A.J. Perez of USA Today Sports. “So, my man had made a little novelty thing that looked like mascara, eyeliner and different things. Little toys for ladies that move around a little bit. I showed them pictures and (the makeup artists) said bring me some, so I brought them some for the makeup ladies.”
After the interview, Sapp tweeted a photo of the sex toys he supposedly gave out, claiming they have nothing to do with sex and are designed for only women to use.
TMZ did some digging and may have discovered a hole in Sapp’s story. The photo he shared features a device called the Womanizer 2Go, and a source from the Womanizer company told TMZ Sapp has never had a relationship with anyone at the company. The source was “confused” as to why Sapp indicated otherwise.
It’s possible that Sapp knew someone who worked at a company that made similar products, but who knows.
In any event, the allegations against Sapp are only a small fraction of the verbal and physical abuse Cantor says she was subjected to while she worked at NFL Network.
NFL Network suspended three prominent analysts this week in the wake of a sexual assault lawsuit being filed, and the allegations also involve two other well-known former NFL players who were formerly employed by the network.
The wrongful termination suit filed by Jamie Cantor, who worked as a wardrobe stylist for NFL Network, names Donovan McNabb and Warren Sapp in addition to Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor (the three analysts who have been suspended). According to a copy of an amended complaint that was filed on Monday and obtained by Deadspin, Cantor claims Sapp came into the restroom where she was preparing clothes, urinated in front of her and said, “Sorry mama, but your office shouldn’t be our sh–ter.” Cantor also said Sapp gave her sex toys as Christmas gifts three years in a row and showed her nude photos of women he claimed to have slept with.
Cantor says McNabb sent her extremely explicit text messages, which can be read in the amended complaint but are too inappropriate to be featured here.
Faulk is accused of asking Cantor personal questions about her sex life and physically assaulting her.
As time went on, Mr. Faulk became more aggressive, such as inviting Plaintiff to his hotel room, stroking and pulling out his genitals in front of her, pointing to his crotch and asking Plaintiff, “when are you gonna get on this already?” He also pinned Plaintiff against a wall, demanding oral sex while he pulled his pants down.
This is not the first time Sapp has been sued, as he was accused of body-slamming an actress in a lawsuit filed earlier this year. The Hall of Famer was also arrested for solicitation of prostitution and assault during Super Bowl week in Arizona two years ago. Sapp was accused of getting violent with two women, and you can see a video of them describing the incident to police here.
Iconic defensive lineman Warren Sapp is not impressed with potential No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett.
Sapp said he didn’t see Garrett take charge of enough games, calling him “lazy.”
“I don’t see it from this kid,” Sapp said Sunday, via ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “I see the splash plays — everybody gets those. Where’s the game he took over? Where? Any defensive lineman who’s the No. 1 pick, you turn up and you say, ‘There it is!’ This kid, no, I don’t. I’m a pretty plain and frank guy, and I watch the tape and he disappears. I watch the tape and he absolutely disappears.
“I see a lazy kid that makes four plays a game. This is the No. 1 guy? No, no, no. This ain’t even close.”
Sapp said he thinks Garrett is worse than 2000 No. 1 pick Courtney Brown, and believes Garrett’s status is down to teams obsessing over measurables.
“It’s all about measurable,” Sapp said. “Once you hit the measurable, it’s tough to get them old scout people off the numbers, and that’s what [Garrett] has. He’s big and he’s fast. Now some defensive line coach is thinking, ‘I can turn him into something.’ How? I’m trying to figure this out. Really? Are we lowering the bar?”
It’s safe to say that NFL executives have a very different assessment of Garrett. One would be curious as to who Sapp thinks is the real deal out of this draft class.
Warren Sapp has dealt with several issues in his personal life over the past few years, and he can now add being sued by an actress to that list.
According to a lawsuit obtained by Jose Lambiet of the Miami Herald, Sapp is being sued by Paula Trickey for an alleged incident that took place during Super Bowl Week in Scottsdale two years ago. Trickey, who has been in a number of television series in addition to such films as “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” and “Attack of the 50-Foot Cheerleader,” claims Sapp slammed into her and knocked her to the ground at an ESPN-hosted party on Jan. 31, 2015.
The lawsuit states that Sapp “struck (Trickey) with his body” while intoxicated and then quickly left the party. Trickey says she suffered “severe bodily injuries” and still experiences pain to this day.
“There are places in my body I didn’t know existed that are still hurting two years later,” the 50-year-old actress said. “I’ve had constant pain shooting through my body since.”
Trickey described Sapp as “pretty tanked that night” and said she was not surprised to learn the former NFL star had been arrested two days later. We’ll get to that in a bit.
Sapp took to Twitter on Wednesday to deny the accusations from Trickey. In fact, he claims he wasn’t even at the ESPN party the night she was allegedly run over.
As for the arrest Trickey referred to, her alleged run-in with Sapp came two days before the Hall of Famer was arrested for solicitation of prostitution and assault. Sapp was accused of getting violent with the women, and you can see a video of them describing the incident to police here.
Trickey is seeking more than $15,000 in her lawsuit.
PETA has decided to use Warren Sapp’s misfortune as an opportunity to capitalize on some publicity.
After hearing that the Pro Football Hall of Famer suffered a shark bite while lobstering in the Florida Keys, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter and gift to the former defensive lineman.
Here’s the letter, which was rife with football puns.
We heard about your interception of a defensive shark’s lobster dinner, so we wanted to pass along some delicious cruelty-free vegan lobster in the hope that it’s a winner with you and yours. We don’t want you running back to the water until you’ve tasted it—sharks work as a team to obtain food, so unwanted competition may be awaiting you. Despite that nasty bite, it’s humans who rank as the deadliest predator of all. We hope you look after yourself, so we invite you to tackle any health problems with vegan foods and to be a champion of lobsters. All your fans at PETA are wishing you a speedy recovery.
Andrew Bernstein and the PETA Team
As mentioned in the get well note, the organization is sending Sapp a vegan lobster to try.
Sapp should be appreciative, because he sure could use the TLC. After all, that bite from the shark was pretty nasty as the photo showed.
Warren Sapp recently spent time on an excursion off the coast of Florida in search of lobster. Unfortunately, the trip included an up close encounter with something other than a lobster.
While out on a charter boat, Sapp reached into the water in an attempt to grab a lobster. That’s when a shark bit the Hall of Famer, leaving a gash in his arm. Two Conchs Charters, who hosted Sapp, posted a photo of the aftermath to their Instagram account.
A little shark bite wasn’t going to stop Sapp, though. “We bandaged it up, put some gauze on there, some black electrical tape and hit a couple more spots, then headed in,” the ship’s captain Jack Carlson told the Tampa Bay Times.
Sapp joked about the incident later in the day on his own Instagram account, saying the shark may have won the round but not the war. He also showed off an impressive haul of lobster.
Thankfully, the damage of the bite doesn’t appear to be serious and it’s nice to see Sapp was in good spirits after.
H/T For The Win
Most retired players are likely flattered when the next generation wants to wear their number in tribute, but Warren Sapp is not one of them – at least not when it comes to Timmy Jernigan.
Jernigan, a Ravens defensive tackle, changed his number to 99, saying it was in honor of Sapp. Sapp fired back with a tweet that made it quite clear that he wasn’t into the idea. Now he’s explained why.
Sapp said he knew Jernigan before the young defensive tackle was even drafted, according to Darin Gantt of ProFootballTalk, but the bad blood starter when Jernigan never called him back after Sapp offered to be something of a mentor to him.
Sapp also seemed to accuse Jernigan of “making it personal” and inviting unfair comparisons between the two.
“I’m not just trying to hold up my standard,” Sapp said. “I’m only the fifth defensive tackle first ballot Hall of Famer in NFL history — the ones before me were Bob Lilly, Merlin Olson, Mean Joe Greene and Randy White. I am in a company of five, so when you talk about me, you better bring the other four with me because that is the standard that I held myself to.
“Joe Cullen, the old D-line coach that was down in Tampa, is in Baltimore now, and I have already had four conversations with him about coming up to Baltimore. So how am I not going to have a conversation with the guy that wants to put a number on his back? That’s not my number. He [Jernigan] put my name in it [the story]. And to put my name in it, makes it personal to me.
“Go out and make a name for yourself for you. Don’t go and use a first ballot defensive tackle that you will now be judged against. Are you kidding me? Who signed up for that?”
This doesn’t make all that much sense. Sapp doesn’t own the number 99, and Jernigan clearly didn’t mean anything bad by wanting to wear it. He would be excused if he’s having second thoughts about exactly how much he respects Sapp. He wouldn’t be the only one in the NFL with a negative opinion of the Hall of Famer.