Warren Sapp should be fired


Feb 2, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; NFL network on air personality Warren Sapp at radio row for Super Bowl week. The New York Giants will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI . Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

For full disclosure, I have to begin by saying Warren Sapp is not my favorite NFL player alumni; he’s not my favorite broadcaster; he definitely doesn’t deserve first ballot induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame; and I think he’s just a mouth with no brain.

Ok, so I’ve got that off my chest and you understand from where I arrive.

With that said, I’ve got even more venom – he should be fired from his gig as an “analyst” with the NFL Network. How he was hired for the job in the first place is beyond me, but after yesterday’s F-bomb-dropping incident, the man should be immediately thrown out the door on his ear.

Ok, so nobody’s really sure if it was Sapp in the background saying, “The f–king Bill Belichick f–king angle,” but most think it sure sounded like him … so if it walks and talks like a duck, well then it’s a duck.

Regardless of the fact that last April the guy filed for bankruptcy, allegedly owing more than $6.7 million to creditors, and also owing back child support and alimony, Sapp should be given the benefit of the doubt. But when he doesn’t have the wherewithal to control his mouth – even when he’s off-air – he doesn’t deserve to be on-air.

And where’s his apology?

The network’s Chris Rose opened today’s Free Agency Frenzy show by reading an apology, but it was so vague anyone who didn’t know the situation behind the words would have had no idea why the statement was being read.

Here’s what he had to say: “Before we give you the news of the day we want to offer an apology. Last night during some live programming, we accidentally aired an expletive. It will not happen again, so our sincerest apology to Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots, the Patriots family, Robert Kraft and his entire family, a classy organization out there. Once again, it’s not who we are, it’s not what we do, and it will not happen again.”

No mention of the man who did it. Why are they protecting him? He should have been paraded in front of the camera and made to come clean.

Sapp should man up, admit he did it and then face the consequences. After all, he is a man, right? He is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, right? Which brings me to the next point. Sapp gets elected on a first ballot this spring, but you’ve got a player like Jerry Kramer – the salt of the earth, the player who led the Packers’ offensive line of the 60s and is the only member of the all-first 50-year team not in the Hall. Now that’s a travesty. Can you imagine Jerry Kramer pulling a stunt like Sapp did yesterday? Obviously not.

But I digress.

Sapp is an embarrassment. Sapp is a hood. Sapp should not be allowed to continue in his current capacity with the network.

Where are the balls of the network officials? Where is the outrage? Do your job. Rid yourself of Warren Sapp so we don’t have to continue to listen to his drivel.

And if you care to listen, here you go …