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SAPP: A World Class Ass...
FROM JON SARACENO'S COLUMN THAT RAN YESTERDAY IN USA TODAY SPORTS SECTION:
While wondering why certain NFL players don't pick on someone their own size ...
The aptly named Warren Sapp is up to his old tricks with those who helped make him wealthy and popular — the local print media. Fans wouldn't know it by watching his interviews on TV, or when cameras pan the sidelines, because the Oakland Raiders veteran defensive tackle seems friendly and cooperative.
Here's the reality: Sapp's rap is phony.
I have witnessed Sapp's surly act in the locker room, complete with bug-eyed sneer, when he played for Tampa Bay. It is neither pretty nor professional. And that is why nine Raiders beat writers from the Bay Area are boycotting Sapp, whose behavior is described as "condescending, rude and intimidating" by Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times.
The most recent incident involved the San Francisco Chronicle's Nancy Gay, whom Sapp recently called a "know-it-all (expletive)" because he thought she wrote an unflattering piece. One problem: It wasn't her story.
Sapp is hostile, belligerent and foul-mouthed.
How can one man weigh so much and be so small?
Gay is not endorsing the boycott but already had decided that she wouldn't interview Sapp anymore. "It's my personal way of saying, 'Enough already,' " she said. "If he can't treat me with dignity and respect, I don't want to have anything to do with him."
To the Raiders' credit, team executive Amy Trask asked Gay if she wanted Sapp to apologize; she declined. Best as we can tell, there isn't anything genuine that comes from Sapp, whose disingenuous yap will make him perfect for his next job: television. ...
Sapp still fond of Gruden
Warren Sapp understands the business of the NFL. But after nine years as the face of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sapp figures it would have been appropriate to at least get a phone call from the man in charge when the team decided his gig was up.
The Bucs never made an offer to retain the seven-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman, who joined the Oakland Raiders in March on a four-year, $19.4 million deal.
And Sapp never got that call from Bucs coach Jon Gruden.
"I sat in Jon's office at 7 in the morning for two years straight," Sapp said during a recent interview. "I felt he owed me a call."
Still, Sapp insists that he won't be fueled Sunday by any ill will toward Gruden, who coached Tampa Bay to a Super Bowl XXXVII win against Oakland. "I still love him," he said. "That's my man. That's my championship coach.
"He's a straightforward guy who will let you have it, but he didn't let me have it in this instance."
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RE:SAPP: A World Class Ass...
Sapp got into it with those clowns from the "Loose Cannons" during training camp. Sapp is just doing his job. He is a Raider now so he has to take it up a notch. I think it is wonderful.
RE:SAPP: A World Class Ass...
He has been an overrated piece of crap for at least two years. Watch him play. He is only getting single blocked, yet almost never around the ball (unless they run towards him) and gets pushed way back frequently
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