You know what, kudos to the NFL Network for bringing Warren Sapp down a couple hundred notches.
This is what Senior Vice President of Programming Mark Quenzel had to say about Sapp's allegations of Jeremy Shockey being the "snitch" with the New Orleans Saints' Bountygate scandal:
“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.”
Warren Sapp is someone who has made some sexist, idiotic race-baiter comments in the past. He has been accused of domestic abuse, and his only analyst qualification is that he played in the NFL for x number of years and survived with a fully-functioning mouth that can be amplified into triple-digit decibels.
For Sapp, a man with zero journalistic qualifications, to come out and yell that Jeremy Shockey was the "snitch" on Twitter, is just indefensibly irresponsible. Sapp never named a source, and never checked with the NFL to see if he was correct. If this was a perfect society, this wouldn't be a big deal, because rational people wouldn't listen to Warren Sapp's Twitter drool.
The problem is that Sapp has almost 800,000 Twitter followers, and a large portion of that had to have thought Sapp's allegations were the word of a moronic god. It's slander against Shockey's name, which is amazing because Shockey's name is pretty much filled with graffiti and smoldering ashes to begin with.
It almost seems like blindfolded pointing does Sapp's allegations. It seems like a man who's previous finest moment in broadcasting came from inhaling helium on live television, now fancies himself as a Bob Woodward of the NFL.
The issue with that is, as our own Collin McCollough points out, it's such a stupid expose for Sapp to go on his misplaced soapbox and harp about. He works for the NFL, and he's calling a player a "snitch" for telling the NFL that something like pay-for-pain was going on (allegations that you know, probably aren't true to begin with)?
What the hell was going through Sapp's mind when he initiated that tweet?
Did he expect to be paraded around NFL Headquarters on the shoulders of Roger Goodell and Greg Aiello? Jeremy Shockey has every right to demand action from the league on Sapp.
The fact that the matter isn't being taken more seriously is troubling, but the NFL Network telling Sapp he's nothing more than a meaningless word portal rather than a legitimate source of news has to help Shockey sleep somewhat better, right?
The fact that the NFL Network actually thought about firing Sapp must be somewhat of a relief for Shockey, right?
Also, isn't Sapp a snitch for ratting out Shockey for being a "snitch"? I don't know how that works.
Obviously Sapp knows better than I do.
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