NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp has always had a big mouth. When he played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders, he could back up his talking with his play on the field. But as an analyst, Sapp’s talking is starting to get him into trouble. Between other off the field incidents, Sapp was already on thin ice in terms of his job security with the NFL Network.
But after Sapp’s comments regarding Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, the NFL Network must fire Sapp.
In case you missed it, here is what Sapp told the Chicago Tribune.
“These kids that play the game today have no relevance for the past, have no conscious of what it is,” Sapp said. “I mean, Brandon Marshall talking about Shannon Sharpe, who is he to talk? He’s the first 100-catch receiver, back-to-back, retard. What you just did in Denver for three years. You don’t know this? No, of course he doesn’t, because it’s not about Brandon Marshall … it ain’t about the past, it’s about me. It’s about personal success, pay me, and now I’ll think about being a team guy.”
Sapp gets paid to analyze the NFL. He gets paid to critique the players and coaches and everything related to the league that made him rich.
That is, until he blew it all.
But for Sapp to use the word choice he did is going too far.
Marshall, who has been known for more than his fair share of off the field incidents as well, posted a video in response to Sapp. To his credit, he kept his cool, showing signs of maturity after many years.
“Listen, I got a very disturbing heads up on something Warren Sapp said. He called me ‘retarded.’ That’s really disappointing to hear that from an NFL legend, but I’m going to take this as a lesson. And I think we all can learn from this. Be very careful who you take advice from. You want to surround yourself with good people, Godly people. When I look at Warren Sapp, I can’t go to him and talk about finances because he filed for bankruptcy. I can’t go to him and talk about my marriage because he filed for divorce. I can’t go to him and talk about being a great father, because one day I’m going to have children, because he’s not active in his children’s life. The lesson that we all should learn here is surround yourself with good people and be careful who you take counsel from. … And guys like Warren Sapp, I feel sorry for. So hopefully, one day he’ll change his life. We’ll pray for him. Instead of using words to destroy, he may use words to uplift.”
Personally, I felt that this was a very admirable response from Marshall. It is surprising, but good to see from him. Marshall was not don, however, and went on to tell Sapp that everyone should be held accountable for their words and for their actions.
“All we can do is try to encourage him to be better but at the same time, we’re going to hold you accountable, Warren,” Marshall said. “Just like I’m held accountable. I’ve made my share of mistakes, and I’m going to continue to make my mistakes, but I’m never going to put myself on a platform or a podium where I think I’m invisible or untouchable. So, warren, take this as words of encouragement and not words to criticize you or destroy you. This is out of truth and love. All right, Warren.”
Marshall went on to tweet that Sapp just “emailed where and when.” Marshall said that “I assume he wants to fight me. Exactly what I’m talking about. #comeonman”
After that threat, Sapp finally issued an apology.
“I want to apologize to all those who I offended with my poor choice of words,” said Sapp. “I certainly meant no disrespect to those who have some type of disability or special needs.”
Too little, too late.
When Brandon Marshall comes off as the more mature good guy in a situation, you know you were clearly in the wrong. Sapp should be fired for his latest faux pas.