Saints Bounty: Reactions to Warren Sapp Calling Jeremy Shockey a Snitch

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 21, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 1: Jeremy Shockey #80 of the Carolina Panthers is tackled by Ramon Humber #53 of the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana  (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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And so the finger-pointing in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal begins.

According to Warren Sapp, Jeremy Shockey was the "snitch" that alerted the NFL to the bounties placed on opposing players by ex-New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams:

BINGO! RT @elnicastro: Shockey..? RT QBKILLA: Just Heard Who The Snitch Was

— Warren Sapp (@QBKILLA) March 21, 2012

But CBS Sports' Mike Freeman is reporting that Shockey wasn't the "source" in the scandal:

Shockey was not the Bountygate source. Repeat: he wasn't. Not true. And I don't even like Shockey.

— mike freeman (@realfreemancbs) March 21, 2012

So why the quotes around the words snitch and source?

Because judging Shockey—or whomever the informant was in this situation—as a snitch is flat-out stupid way of looking at this situation.

Shockey, for what it is worth, is denying that he had anything to do with the situation:

@QBKILLA @elnicastro my ass!! I don't even play defense! Haha

— Jeremy Shockey (@JeremyShockey) March 21, 2012

Whomever informed the NFL of this despicable bounty system should be admired for looking out for the safety of NFL players, not chastised for breaking some sort of unspoken and archaic code of silence that people fall back on to protect themselves from the repercussions of their deplorable actions.

But hey, I'm not the only one who thinks so. Chris Kluwe, for one, is pissed. I can't post his angry tweets here, but you can check them out for yourself.

And Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post chimes in and agrees with both of us:

I agree with @ChrisWarcraft: Calling the person who exposed BountyGate a "snitch" is despicable. That player did the sport a service.

— Bart Hubbuch (@NYPost_Hubbuch) March 21, 2012

So think before you tweet, Warren Sapp. The "snitches get stitches" mentality has no place in the NFL. The health and well-being of others in the league should take precedence over protecting the idiots who participated in the bounty system found in New Orleans.

There are no snitches here. Only admirable and much-needed sources of information.


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