Why Warren Sapp Needs to Shut Up About Saints Bounty Situation

Clint EilandAnalyst IMarch 23, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 18:  Warren Sapp of the NFL Network watches the action during the game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Jacksonville Jaguars at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on December 18, 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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By now, most of you have heard former defensive tackle Warren Sapp supposedly knows who snitched on the New Orleans Saints bounty system. Sapp has accused former tight end Jeremy Shockey of being the one to tell on the Saints.

Where do I even begin?

First of all, let's look at the source it's coming from. Sapp doesn't actually have the cleanest track record. There was his cheap hit on Packers offensive tackle Chad Clifton, a trash-talking incident with the Raiders, a domestic battery incident...you get the drift.

Second, the irony in this whole thing is mind-blowing. Here we have a guy (Sapp) telling people that he knows who the snitch was, and then tells everyone who it supposedly was. Apparently, Sapp thought it was unfair when Shockey allegedly snitches, but when he does it, it's all fine and dandy. That, my friends, is what you call hypocrisy.

Third, why does he feel telling the league was a bad thing? Regardless of your thoughts on the bounty system, we can all agree nobody deserves to get paid for taking somebody out. Back in the good days of the National Football League, if you hit somebody hard, it was on your own account, not because somebody was paying you. 

Last, but never the least for Sapp, it simply isn't true. Shockey was not the snitch Sapp claimed he was. In fact, Sean Payton himself confirmed Shockey was not the guy who told the league about the bounty system. All of Sapp's accusations are pure speculation. In fact, he won't even tell us the name of the guy whom he got his info from.

Some of you might be saying, "Well you're just a hater! You're one of those guys who just never liked him!" Once again, this is not true. In fact, I still have Sapp's jersey from when he was on the Bucs. I've had it for a good 12 years now and have no intention on selling it. 

Look, I liked Sapp when he was on the field. He was an absolute monster that should be a Hall of Famer someday. However, it's time to face the truth about him: He is a real jerk. He has had a long history of being one and this newest incident confirms that he always will be one.

Right now, he just needs to shut his trap.