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NFL outs suspected Saints whistleblower on its own network

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The NFL learned how hard it was to expose the bounty system the Saints used to help fuel their 2009 Super Bowl run by investigating the situation in 2010 and coming up with nothing.

Next time around, it could be even harder to get to the truth.

Here, the NFL was able to dust off a cold case because someone blew the whistle during the 2011 season.  And, as we explained earlier this month, it’s critical that the NFL protect the whistleblower from any type of retaliation — including insults, threats, and/or specific acts of violence from an overly zealous fan who now thinks the Saints’ Super Bowl title has been tainted and/or that the team’s quest to play in the Super Bowl that will be hosted by New Orleans has now been derailed.

As it turns out, the NFL has outed the suspected whistleblower.  On the network that the NFL owns.

Technically, the NFL didn’t directly out the suspected whistleblower.  Instead, analyst Warren Sapp outed the suspected whistleblower on Twitter, and Sapp then was invited on air to elaborate.  (We won’t use the name of the suspected whistleblower here.)

“My source that was close to the situation informed me that [name omitted] is the one that was the snitch initially,” Sapp said.  “I trust my source unequivocally.”

Sapp emphasized that he didn’t get the information from the NFL.  “I did not call anybody at the league and I did not receive any information from the league,” Sapp said.

Still, NFL Network put Sapp on the air and allowed him to disclose the name.

“That’s the information that I got and I trust my source,” Sapp said.  “I was given that information, and I went with it, by a reliable source.”

It’s our understanding that Sapp’s source is wrong, and that the person he identified isn’t really the whistleblower.  Still, it’s a topic that never should have been discussed on the network owned by the league.

No matter how the hairs are split, some people who heard what Sapp said will believe that the person he identified as the whistleblower was the whistleblower.  And they won’t regard him as a whistleblower — they’ll regard him as, as Sapp called him, a snitch.

And snitches get stitches and the Saints’ Super Bowl win has indeed been tarnished and their shot at another Super Bowl win in 2012 has been significantly undermined and it only takes one crazy or otherwise unstable Saints fan to decide to do something crazy or unstable to the person identified as the suspected whistleblower.

So the next time the NFL is trying to crack the locker-room Omerta and someone is considering the possibility of doing the right thing and coming clean, that person should legitimately be concerned that his name eventually will be broadcast to the world on the TV network owned by the NFL.

One final point:  This isn’t Sapp’s fault.  This is a failure by NFL Network to understand the potential consequences of discussing on the air in any way the name of the person who did the right thing and exposed a bounty system that the Saints brazenly continued to utilize for two years after the NFL conducted a failed investigation into the question of whether the Saints were using a bounty system.  Instead, someone at NFLN saw Sapp’s tweet and Sapp was brought on the air to discuss it and Sapp just answered questions that never, ever should have been asked.

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146 Responses to “NFL outs suspected Saints whistleblower on its own network”
  1. 1phd says: Mar 21, 2012 6:55 PM

    Right, when they should have been discussing whether the (name withheld) person should have been put in a witness protection program.

  2. jakek2 says: Mar 21, 2012 6:56 PM

    The NFL has become a joke.

  3. buzzedlitebeer says: Mar 21, 2012 6:58 PM

    Old, slow and it’s over for Sapp.

  4. Grinds My Gear says: Mar 21, 2012 6:58 PM

    Of course it isn’t Sapp’s fault, its the NFL Network’s fault that he’s even an analyst. The guy couldn’t analyze a piece of turd. Him and Michael Irvin.

  5. straightcash844 says: Mar 21, 2012 6:58 PM

    Sapp should be fired, seriously.

  6. melikefootball says: Mar 21, 2012 6:58 PM

    So lets see if God-del and his hinchman hit the players just as hard that were involved in this action.

  7. jbowman374 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:00 PM

    Snitches get stitches!

  8. tennesseeoilers says: Mar 21, 2012 7:01 PM

    Remember Peyton Manning to the Broncos? You know, the biggest free agent signing since Joe Montana and the Chiefs? Here we are one day later and NOONE cares. On behalf of all spurned Tennessee Titans fans, thank you Tebowmania and Bountygate.

  9. rollore says: Mar 21, 2012 7:01 PM

    What’s even worse, is that both of them went to the U. (Miami). I wonder how the alums there feel about that.

  10. canadianvikingfaniii says: Mar 21, 2012 7:01 PM

    Sapp is and always will be an idiot.

  11. burgandyandgoldfan says: Mar 21, 2012 7:02 PM

    Anyone find it interesting that Sapp’s twitter handle is @QBKILLA?

  12. steelerhypocrite says: Mar 21, 2012 7:02 PM

    In other news, Payton and Williams plan to start a real life version of “The Running Man”…

  13. apm says: Mar 21, 2012 7:02 PM

    Good thing those Men in Black mind erasers are real so we can protect [name redacted] from retaliation.

  14. 513guy says: Mar 21, 2012 7:02 PM

    sapp is a sap

  15. socco6 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:02 PM

    Why won’t you say the player’s name? It’s 2012. This is the internet. It’s not like you can hide it.

  16. mataug says: Mar 21, 2012 7:03 PM

    yeah I don’t really see the point of knowing their source
    common sense that it was most probably a disgruntled ex-employee

    Greg(or is Gregg ?) Williams admitting it closes the matter for any discussion about it

  17. petehemlock says: Mar 21, 2012 7:03 PM

    Just using the term ‘snitch’ makes you a loser.

  18. phillyphever says: Mar 21, 2012 7:03 PM

    I wouldn’t say the name, but the guy who outed the Saints knew Payton from his time with another team. All I can say to the guy is this….GOOD LUCK!!!

  19. miriam45 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:03 PM

    Sapp is a sap,, is a clown and needs to be taught to shut his big fat mouth.

    I

  20. vtmem says: Mar 21, 2012 7:03 PM

    It takes guts to be a whistleblower. We need more men of integrity in the locker rooms to say STOP. Dirty tricks ruin it for everyone. Lombardi was wrong. Winning isn’t everything or the only thing.

  21. truthplainandsimple says: Mar 21, 2012 7:03 PM

    If the suspected whistleblower isn’t the one…then, why…aren’t…you…na-ming…him….? What is this witness protection??

  22. sportsmeccabi says: Mar 21, 2012 7:03 PM

    That guy who we picked up, whose name rhymes with “carry me thoughtfully”. Great pick up carolina just for this.

  23. flavordave says: Mar 21, 2012 7:04 PM

    I cant believe how irresponsible it is to claim that you know who the snitch is without any actual concrete evidence. If anything the “snitch” should claim defimation with a touch of racism to boot since thats what would indeed happen if shoes were reversed here. What a bunch of classless bags on that network.

  24. hawkforlife says: Mar 21, 2012 7:04 PM

    Excuse me but as much as I have no problem with the punishments handed out so far these people have lives, families and huge amounts of money being taken as well as reputations. In the news business doesn’t a source have to be, well quiet about it and have a second source back the first up?

    I mean don’t the players and coaches being hammered have a right to dispute the source? And if so how can the source stay hidden.

    Doing right isn’t always the safe path. You’re advocating that no one should ever come forward if there’s any risk.

    Sorry, you’re wrong.

  25. trojan33sc says: Mar 21, 2012 7:04 PM

    The Network AND Sapp were wrong !!!!!!!

  26. jason1214 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:04 PM

    Anyone listen to Warren Sapp anyway? guy is an idiot.

  27. dolphinatic says: Mar 21, 2012 7:04 PM

    This is America, we punish whistleblowers here. And in other countries when we catch them. Sad.

  28. rcampore says: Mar 21, 2012 7:04 PM

    I think it’s disgusting that they are calling this person a snitch for bringing something to light that was obviously wrong and against the rules.

    Like most “snitches” this person will be only vilified by the people that think this behavior is acceptable.

  29. cowboysallday says: Mar 21, 2012 7:05 PM

    Who was it?!

  30. zlmillerkazz says: Mar 21, 2012 7:05 PM

    - The events that have taken place with the New Orleans Saints is possibly the NFL’s worst nightmare.

  31. cometkazie says: Mar 21, 2012 7:05 PM

    I considered the source and let it go at that.

    It says something about the NFL network that they let people like him on it.

  32. serifyn says: Mar 21, 2012 7:05 PM

    Heres a hint: the name rhymes with Laremy Jockey.

  33. trojan33sc says: Mar 21, 2012 7:05 PM

    Can we suspend Sapp for a year ??!!!

  34. ishoulbeagm says: Mar 21, 2012 7:05 PM

    If you have never played football (defense in particular) then you don’t understand the mentality. You can’t. It takes a killer instinct to play this game! There is no better feeling than hitting a man so hard that he cannot get up! We celebrate it. The team rallies around big plays like it. The want to cause pain to, not injure, someone in this sport is in essense what makes it so great. If you don’t think that every team Micheal Vick plays intends to knock him out of the game than you are only fooling yourself. It is not a part of the game it IS the game! Causing pain to opposing players is what you do! Not injure. Hurt! There is a big difference.

  35. trafala says: Mar 21, 2012 7:06 PM

    Just when the NFL is taking the charge and punishing the Saints Sapp comes and does a stupid thing like this. It doesn’t matter if Sapp was right or wrong, no employee of the NFL should name or even theorize on the whistle-blower. If Goodell does nothing about this then it will look like some kind of bizarre kind of system where teams will be punished for doing something wrong and players will be punished if they tell because it reflects poorly on the NFL.

  36. jpb12 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:06 PM

    First red flag is that Sapp used the word ‘unequivocally’.

    I don’t think Sapp knows what that word means.

    I trust my source on that

  37. bearsstillsuck says: Mar 21, 2012 7:06 PM

    Sapp is an idiot, but this site has been so adamantly against releasing that name, so I find it suspicious that this site decided to specifically say that they don’t believe sapp’s source was right. That’s exactly what I would expect to hear if the source was right, but this site wanted us to think otherwise. That alone makes me think sapp is right.

  38. truthserum4u says: Mar 21, 2012 7:06 PM

    100% Mike – 100%!

  39. mikemcdorman says: Mar 21, 2012 7:06 PM

    Man are you kidding? There are no secrets anymore. We live in the Twitterverse.

  40. staffordsyear says: Mar 21, 2012 7:07 PM

    Whistleblower..10 times.

  41. steelpalace302 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:07 PM

    The coaches admited it there isnt any to dispute Hawk

  42. mikemcdorman says: Mar 21, 2012 7:07 PM

    If you have never played football (defense in particular) then you don’t understand the mentality. You can’t. It takes a killer instinct to play this game! There is no better feeling than hitting a man so hard that he cannot get up! We celebrate it. The team rallies around big plays like it. The want to cause pain to, not injure, someone in this sport is in essense what makes it so great. If you don’t think that every team Micheal Vick plays intends to knock him out of the game than you are only fooling yourself. It is not a part of the game it IS the game! Causing pain to opposing players is what you do! Not injure. Hurt! There is a big difference.

    __________________

    I agree with this 1000000%.

  43. thehighhat says: Mar 21, 2012 7:08 PM

    Fire Sapp.

  44. maulpccartney says: Mar 21, 2012 7:08 PM

    This whistleblower should probably be cheered…not retaliated against. Maybe he will, if this is the guy

  45. 12is3times4 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:11 PM

    socco6: “Why won’t you say the player’s name? It’s 2012. This is the internet. It’s not like you can hide it.”

    Indeed, my first thought after reading this was “Not Sapp’s fault my @$$.” Even if NFLN didn’t exist, once Sapp put the guy’s name out on Twitter it was bound to become common knowledge within 24 hours if not sooner anyway.

  46. reaser2 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:12 PM

    Sapp was just asked what his reaction to the Saints punishment was, his answer, “I’m shocked”…

    d = y

  47. fcs34 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:12 PM

    Has Warren Sapp ever thought of anything he didn’t say?

    What a moron.

  48. pdxpanther says: Mar 21, 2012 7:12 PM

    So technically, Warren Sapp himself has become a snitch. How ironic.

  49. aholdson28 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:15 PM

    I will disagree because of Sapp’s twitter handle

  50. broncobrewer says: Mar 21, 2012 7:15 PM

    What did we learn from this whole thing? Goodell is out to ruin the game and is not to be trusted. Man I hope the owners can him.

  51. jppforprez says: Mar 21, 2012 7:15 PM

    Looks like the NFL has found its Jose Canseco. Funny those two men always reminded me of one another.

  52. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 21, 2012 7:15 PM

    Any person who hates on a snitch is as much a coward as the person who he’s telling on. He doesn’t have the guts to own up to his responsibility and you’re right there with him.

  53. phillyman2k9 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:16 PM

    someone just punch fat@$$ SAPP in the face ….. Whistle blowers should be protected !!!

  54. ahs2 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:17 PM

    As soon as he called him a “snitch”, like a 5 year old, and in the smug tone he said it, I totally lost respect/admiration for that guy. He was more than happy to do it…he needs to be canned.

    If I knew my colleague’s livelihood or even health had a price tag of a measly $1,500-10,000 I would be the first one to raise the BS flag.

  55. radrntn says: Mar 21, 2012 7:17 PM

    besides memebrs of congress, and attorneys, is there anything below a snicth…..dirty rat should be thrown a blanket party.

  56. vanmorrissey says: Mar 21, 2012 7:17 PM

    Someone should have put a bounty out on his fat ass a long time ago, then let’s see him open his mouth. How does Sapp get work anyhow? He’s an idiot clown who adds nothing to a broadcast.

  57. wetpaperbag3 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:18 PM

    socco6 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:02 PM

    Why won’t you say the player’s name? It’s 2012. This is the internet. It’s not like you can hide it.
    ==================================

    Just because on CAN, doesn’t mean one SHOULD. Just a bit of advice from us “old folks” to you young-ins.

  58. bangitfootball says: Mar 21, 2012 7:19 PM

    Warren Sapp is a loudmouth clown idiot and is the poster boy for everything that is wrong with ESPNs team of obnoxious imbecilic analysts .

  59. seahawks4alltime says: Mar 21, 2012 7:20 PM

    HOW is this not Sapp’s fault? Yes, the NFL network is complicate, but it was Sapp that did the talking. It’s Sapp who is a dumb ass. And Sapp using the word “snitch” goes far enough to denote his own feelings about the person he thinks was the whistleblower.

  60. getagripdummie says: Mar 21, 2012 7:20 PM

    Sapp should just go to the local Mc Donalds, have a dozen big macs and see if he can find someone who cares about what he has to say.

  61. jsesquire says: Mar 21, 2012 7:21 PM

    ishoulbeagm says: Mar 21, 2012 7:05 PM

    If you have never played football (defense in particular) then you don’t understand the mentality. You can’t. It takes a killer instinct to play this game! There is no better feeling than hitting a man so hard that he cannot get up! We celebrate it. The team rallies around big plays like it. The want to cause pain to, not injure, someone in this sport is in essense what makes it so great. If you don’t think that every team Micheal Vick plays intends to knock him out of the game than you are only fooling yourself. It is not a part of the game it IS the game! Causing pain to opposing players is what you do! Not injure. Hurt! There is a big difference.
    ————————-

    Yes, defensive players are supposed to hit players as hard as they can. We all know how the game works. Here’s the complicated part. Read it slowly: Coaches aren’t allowed to pay players cash bonuses to injure other players and then lie about it. It makes the league look bad.

  62. visnovsky says: Mar 21, 2012 7:21 PM

    The producer/decision maker that decided to go with that segment should be fired immediately. Sapp should be suspended from NFL Network until Week 2 of the 2012 season. But if they fire him, I won’t care.

  63. johnnyb216 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:21 PM

    Jackntoress!!

    Show yourself!!! Not only is your quarterback a two faced phony, your coach is too!!! I told you!!! That franchise is full of two faced phonies!!!! The news of payton getting suspended for a whole year is the best news I’ve heard all off-season!!! Now him and his sketchy morals can take a seat on the bench hopefully forever!! I say every team the aints play next year gives them the Suh treatment!!

  64. tacoslinger619 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:21 PM

    Shocking news……..literally

  65. mselby83 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:22 PM

    I think Blame should go to Warren Sapp he didn’t have to go on air and run his big mouth even though Shockley is innocent I commend the whistle blower there no need for that crap in the NFL

  66. steviaquinn says: Mar 21, 2012 7:22 PM

    I trust Sapp about as far as I can throw him.

    My suspicion is that Orney is the rat. He got off early on his conviction and as soon as he got out of the pen , this case basically got re-opened. It wouldn’t surprise me if he is working with the feds. I believe the “credible source” Goodell is taking about is the Feds. 12 times last year the Saints scored a MEANINGLESS score at the end of games that effected over/under and other stats.12 out of 16 games. I think Payton will get indicted and Goodell doesn’t want him on the sidelines when it happens. Its like the Micheal Vick thing.

    Of course, Orney is probably the one that orchestrated the whole thing in the first place but, hes gonna take everyone else down to save his own ass. He’s a career conman. No morals with him

  67. jigga757 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:23 PM

    y dont the players just take the pads off this year and play with flags on!!!! 11 on 11 flag football since its a qb driven league and nobody cant get hit hard anymore without a flag bein thrown

  68. mselby83 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:23 PM

    Oh BTW SAPP is a idiot

  69. truthhurtstoo says: Mar 21, 2012 7:24 PM

    First red flag is that Sapp used the word ‘unequivocally’.”

    So true… Who Dat?

  70. dkeyser says: Mar 21, 2012 7:28 PM

    Why should he have to name his source??.. 9 out of 10 stories on this site us the ol “unnamed source” line.. You guys do it all the time, why bash Sapp for doing it on tv.. I guess its okay if you do it via the net

  71. daabird says: Mar 21, 2012 7:28 PM

    Warren Sapp…Who DAT???
    Nothing but a big overrated MOUTH!!!!

  72. tjacks7 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:29 PM

    Who ever the so called “snitch” is, he should get a gold medal. He probably saved multiple players from season or career altering/ending injuries.

  73. tjacks7 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:31 PM

    IMO, the guys who knew about it and didn’t do anything to stop it are just as guilty as those who participated. Looking at you Brees.

  74. dakingsocrownme says: Mar 21, 2012 7:33 PM

    If it wasn’t really Jeremy Shockey, then why not mention his name on the website if his sources are so wrong. This whole scandal is a bunch of BULL. Show me some evidence where saints players were aiming@ guys knees to take them out. Or delivering blatant helmet to helmet shots. Placing a bounty on someone and being payed for delivering a knockout blow are two different things.

    If i deliver a blow within the rules and the guy gets knocked out of the game and i get paid for it oh fluking well. I didn’t intentionally try to get him carted off…i did intentionally try to make sure he wasn’t effective for the opposing team.

    Goodell is full of shyt
    Half of the people making this out of a big deal are full of shyt
    And folks calling for our SB to be tainted are full of shyt

    No one told Brett Favre to throw that ugly azz intereception when he did?? So how is this tainted

    With all that being said…Nothing will make me happier than to have Goodell hand us that Trophy in our Superdome in front of all those whodats@the end of the year.

    So NFL..i got two words for ya

    Screw Dat

  75. autumnwind999 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:35 PM

    Who the hell would trust a report from Warren Sapp? Does this guy have one shred of journalism experience or even any concern whatsoever about the accuracy of his report?

    Rush Limbaugh even considers this guy a shameless, unreliable prik.

  76. cpo187 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:38 PM

    Who care’s who it was. He did the right thing in reporting illegal football activity. Also, he has to play against the Saints twice a year. I think the bounty on his head just went up.

  77. Matt-NC says: Mar 21, 2012 7:40 PM

    Fire Sapp. No talent loud mouth that had a couple ok years in the pros.

  78. insertrandomletters says: Mar 21, 2012 7:40 PM

    I wonder if the NFL passed around a memo on Whistleblower Protection laws.

    Cause you know, what Sapp just did is textbook retaliation.

  79. cpo187 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:42 PM

    I say the Vikings replay the Colts for the Superbowl title! Take 2 of the top 3 teams from 2 years ago, that are now 2 of the bottom 3 teams in the league now, and you still have an even match up!

  80. thesageofthestreet says: Mar 21, 2012 7:42 PM

    This news is as shocking as when I heard Delonte did Lebrons mom. Or when Sapp tested positive for Ganja or when Irvin went to Rehab or any Miami Hurricane gets arrested.

  81. d3murf says: Mar 21, 2012 7:42 PM

    phillyman2k9 says:
    Mar 21, 2012 7:16 PM
    someone just punch fat@$$ SAPP in the face ….. Whistle blowers should be protected !!!

    ______________________________________________________

    How about you man up and punch Warren in his face. I can set it up if you’d like. We can get it done on camera too. LMK – everyone seems to be Mike Tyson behind the keyboard…

  82. steelymcbeam6 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:44 PM

    im not really sure on how i feel about this whole thing anyway. part of me is pissed off and thinks that the repercusssions handed down by the league should have been even worse than they are because they disrepected the integrity of the game and showed no sportsmanship whatsoever. and another part says no harm no foul…even if they were head hunting specific players no harm came of it, no one significantly inured and its not like a saint player after a play ended looked around found the guy with a bounty on him and gave him in cheap shot. like that kurt warner shot…if there was a bounty of him that hit was legal and the guy that hit him didnt run across the field just to lay him out, warner was there so he popped him. im kind of torn. id say 55-45 in favor of laying the hammer down on them even more for being dbags

  83. jimmysee says: Mar 21, 2012 7:46 PM

    He’s not a snitch; he’s a hero.

    Warren Sapp — you’re a jerk.

  84. cometkazie says: Mar 21, 2012 7:49 PM

    getagripdummie says:
    Mar 21, 2012 7:20 PM
    Sapp should just go to the local Mc Donalds, have a dozen big macs and see if he can find someone who cares about what he has to say.
    +=+=+
    McDonalds is one of the few places there would be anyone who would care about what he says.

  85. speedkills21 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:50 PM

    It was Colonel Mustard, in the study with a crowbar!

  86. Deb says: Mar 21, 2012 7:51 PM

    And to think I’d spent almost an entire day feeling okay about the way Goodell had handled this situation. He just can’t master that ethics thing, can he? Yeah, it’s his fault. In the NFL, the buck stops there. But it’s also about time for someone to turn off Sapp’s spiggot.

  87. 10of14 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:52 PM

    Sapp is bitter; average at best and now acting like a little bit…ch himself. Let me get this straight. A grown man, former NFL football player now employed by a major network is peeved because a guy came forward and told the truth?? Warren, stop with the idiotic, slightly criminal comments…you should be ashamed that as a representative of this network you chastised a guy who told the truth about a premeditated assault, regardless of your pre-conceived opinions of Shockey. Grow up; Fraternity pledge is over heavyweight and it’s time to put the big boy pants on…joke.

  88. juliusanonymous says: Mar 21, 2012 7:53 PM

    The word “snitch” should only be used by young children. Any adult still using that word is a sociopath and/or criminal who does not belong in mainstream society.

    The NFL Network should distance itself from Sapp and fire him immediately. Otherwise, they are promoting (and partially responsible for) the harassment this player will surely endure. I also hope the player is smart enough to have contacted his lawyer by now. That’s a pretty sweet defamation case.

  89. upperdecker19 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:54 PM

    So we’re led to believe that J.S. knew and Brees didn’t? Ya right.

  90. kmack831 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:55 PM

    So now Sapp is a Snitch for telling who the Snitch was/is…

    Sapp ur just a SAPP!! FAVRE YOU!!

  91. nomesayin says: Mar 21, 2012 7:59 PM

    You expect me to believe that Warren Sapp actually uttered the word “Unequivocally”? He can’t even say the word “ask” without it sounding like “aks”.

    C’mon, man!

  92. wtfru2 says: Mar 21, 2012 8:03 PM

    His name says it all….Sapp……

  93. vtopa says: Mar 21, 2012 8:04 PM

    Hey MIKE. Come on. “The NFL learned how hard it was to expose the bounty system the Saints used to help fuel their 2009 Super Bowl run…” When you say they used it to “fuel” the Superbowl run you are leaving the realm of reporting and entering the realm of editorial. This is insidious and beneath PFT man. Just report the facts (non-facts as may be the case with this story)…no need to pile on with this sort of passive-aggressive judgments.

  94. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 21, 2012 8:05 PM

    Warren Sapp and Darren Sharper:

    Most overrated defensive players in NFL history.

  95. mark916 says: Mar 21, 2012 8:07 PM

    C’mon, nobody listens to Sapp. He is a loud mouth with no real unbiased opinion. Anything that comes out of Sapps mouth I just laugh at.

  96. electionconfidential says: Mar 21, 2012 8:07 PM

    This reflects EXTREMELY poorly on the NFL. It shows that they want people to SHUT UP. I think it’s especially egregious that Sapp kept using the term “snitch” while he was generally accepted as the king of the cheap shot in his playing days.

    Mixed messages NFL! Hope it bites you in court.

  97. rexryanisablowhard says: Mar 21, 2012 8:09 PM

    I blame Mangini

  98. rexryanisablowhard says: Mar 21, 2012 8:10 PM

    oops, wrong whistler

  99. spinmovr says: Mar 21, 2012 8:13 PM

    The NFL Network’s journalistic integrity is as uneven as PFTs. Showing restraint here, speculating wildly there all while carrying the league’s water but wearing a mask of objectivity is common in sports media and NFLN and PFT are eager participants.

    What sets PFT apart is the nature of the internet. Editorializing and offering opinions alongside what are supposed to be facts is the difference between a blogger and a journalist. Bloggers won’t ever be held in the same regard as journalists who are still practicing the craft. The irony is, this is why bloggers’ opinions/decrees/stories are mocked and disregarded by so many. “Why won’t anybody listen to me when I tell them I’m not really a journalist!?”

    Warren Sapp was fooled into playing journalist at a time when he shouldn’t have. Like so many former players and coaches turned talking heads, he doesn’t have the training, background or appreciation for it. Calling Shockey by name is a big deal and being wrong about it should bring consequences. But it’s Sapp on NFL Network so the ruels are muddied. Congrats guys you just took the worst part of blogging and put it on TV.

    All that said, blogs are a great addition to the world of entertainment and should only grow. They’re just a horrible tool for understanding the world.

  100. rexryanisablowhard says: Mar 21, 2012 8:13 PM

    You do stuff like bounties and then players leave and you go after their QB, of course its gonna come out!

  101. macmol71 says: Mar 21, 2012 8:14 PM

    Darren Sharper was Warren Sapp’s source.

  102. bigdaddy44 says: Mar 21, 2012 8:17 PM

    Sapp is an employee of the NFL. If (name withheld) is the whistleblower, Sapp and the NFL violated federal law protecting whisleblowers. Not only did Sapp out him, but it was done on nationwide media. The NFL and Sapp will lose tens of millions in court over this. If (name withheld) is not the whistleblower, he will have a lawsuit against the NFL and Sapp for defamation of character that will cost them millions.

    Why do networks continue to keep imbeciles like Sapp and Hoge on the air?

  103. thebigwhit says: Mar 21, 2012 8:19 PM

    How pathetic is it when you have an NFL Network analyst (Sapp) refer to the whistle blower as a “snitch” for reportedly being the person that exposed the Saints for purposely trying to hurt other players? If J.S. is the person who who brought this to light then good for him. I always thought he was a D-bag. I might have to change my mind.

    This “no snitching” culture is killing America. Everyone hates a snitch until they or their family are the victim. Then they want someone to tell.

    Sapp should be fired!

  104. eyeh8goodell says: Mar 21, 2012 8:26 PM

    Gee I think I know who the hall monitor was in high school. Seriously…..”whistle blower”?! Please. A whistle blower is somebody that outs a powerful entity for the good of the general public.

    Can you see the difference here? Probably not since most Americans have completely lost the plot and their priorities are completely whacked as far as the so-called importance they place on pro football.

    But being the great guy that I am i’ll break it down for you. The snitch in this case served the general public in no way whatsoever. The NFL is simply an entertainment product. It is the WWE on steroids. But both are one in the same and are designed to sell 3 things: tickets, advertising, and merchandise. That’s it. An example of a real whistle blower, on the other hand, would be a tobacco company employee who outs their employer and informs the public, the media, and the government about the true deadly nature of that company’s products and the sinister additives placed in them to capture customers (and eventually kill them).

    See the difference? Probably not.

  105. phinfan527 says: Mar 21, 2012 8:28 PM

    Canseco = Sapp.

  106. thefiesty1 says: Mar 21, 2012 8:29 PM

    Sure happy that I don’t get the NFLN.

  107. Stiller43 says: Mar 21, 2012 8:32 PM

    Their super bowl wasnt tarnished. They would have won without bounties. They didnt cheat like new england and gained competitve advantages.

  108. thetwilightsown says: Mar 21, 2012 8:33 PM

    Sapp is STILL saying it on his twitter feed… The NFL should fire his corny arse and show some consistency.

  109. contract says: Mar 21, 2012 8:38 PM

    “We won’t use the name of the suspected whistleblower here.”

    Huh??? The name is out. Pretending it didn’t happen won’t put the toothpaste back in the tube. The player in question (how stupid is this?) will be at no less risk of retribution just because you don’t post what is already all over the internet.

  110. zn0rseman says: Mar 21, 2012 8:38 PM

    Stiller43 says:
    Mar 21, 2012 8:32 PM
    Their super bowl wasnt tarnished. They would have won without bounties. They didnt cheat like new england and gained competitve advantages.

     ————-
    They would never have gotten to the Suoer Bowl without their cheating. The Cardinals probably would have beaten them if they hadn’t ended Kurt Warner’s career, and the Vikings definitely would have beaten them had it by been for the illegal hits on Favre. The real depth of this issue still hasn’t been discussed, and that is the Ornstein connection and his affiliation with organized crime, gambling an NFL officials.

  111. cwm99 says: Mar 21, 2012 8:44 PM

    If anyone really thinks that he snitched for the good of the game you are severely misguided. He snitched cause he’s pissed and wanted to get back at the team. When I was growing up if you ratted someone out you got in more trouble than the culprit. Why do you think these athletes hide behind the always safe “anonymous source.” If there was nothing wrong with being a snitch then they would give their name. These journalist shouldn’t be able to quote someone without a name. In the words of Herm Edwards “be a man, or a woman, put your name to it”

  112. eaglebranded says: Mar 21, 2012 8:48 PM

    Excuse me did somebody say something about racism. If it had been somebody black accused by a White analyst you would be calling for his head . It is what it is deal with it he got mad and told simple. It was ok when he was a part of the situation . Now that he is gone it’s a problem . Beli gets a pat on the back NEW ORLEANS all hell breaks loose . Funny I’m pretty sure if you know a team plays it makes it easier to take players out the game. Goodell is a piece ,slap NEW ENGLAND on the wrist punish New Orleans . Funny someone brings up racism.

  113. clayclay says: Mar 21, 2012 8:50 PM

    Brees’ son taught him how to negotiate.

  114. JaminJake says: Mar 21, 2012 8:52 PM

    That’s right Sapp. We all need to have camaraderie and solidarity while participating in illegal bounty programs. What’s next? Calling a player a snitch for testifying in a murder trial. These athletes need to get their heads examined if they really have a problem with someone turning the Saints in.

  115. fusion3450 says: Mar 21, 2012 8:59 PM

    you whining hating ass crybabys. we saints fans already had a good idea it was shockey. you are just an idiot to think he did it because it was “the right thing”. he’s mad he isn’t here anymore. but since hitting is slowly being eliminated from football, what color flags is your team going to wear?

  116. eaglebranded says: Mar 21, 2012 9:05 PM

    News is news that was his Twitter account he can say what he want . The Nfln wanted to know simple as that he said what his source told him and that he believed it his opinion simple as that .

  117. zeusiv0ii says: Mar 21, 2012 9:10 PM

    I’m proud of you Mikey, I thought for sure you were going to post his name.

    Way to stick to your guns.

  118. jackshine says: Mar 21, 2012 9:24 PM

    Sapp catches the snitch?

    Thought he played football, not Quidditch.

    (Hey oh!)

  119. giants56 says: Mar 21, 2012 9:25 PM

    Jockey is FLABBERGASTED!

  120. jeffz303 says: Mar 21, 2012 9:29 PM

    sportsmeccabi says: Mar 21, 2012 7:03 PM

    That guy who we picked up, whose name rhymes with “carry me thoughtfully”. Great pick up carolina just for this.

    Thoughtfully does not rhyme with Shockey, it doesn’t even have the same number of syllables. But even if it did have the same number of syllables, it wouldn’t rhyme with Shockfully either. Oh so close . . .

    Peace out,

    Scare a me Rocky

  121. nfl1818 says: Mar 21, 2012 9:29 PM

    so Sap cant keep his mouth shut ? why are you letting him off the hook ?

  122. melikefootball says: Mar 21, 2012 9:32 PM

    Anything for a headline. Sports media are so full of themselves, carring for nothing but themselves. They can report in any fashion they feel fit and never held accountable. Lets hope Sapp is delt with and sent packing. He should be more responable with him playing in the league and knowing what goes on in the lockerroom.

  123. cornersss says: Mar 21, 2012 9:38 PM

    Sapp is full of it if he wants us to think hes a reporter that has sources and thats where he got the info from.

    Not sure why sapp likes to talk so much crap to people that have nothing to do with him. He just loves trashing people,im over him. Hes kind of a bully any hooy

  124. botchedextrapoint says: Mar 21, 2012 9:39 PM

    People who bag PFT for not releasing a name that is now all over the net are missing the point. Two wrongs don’t make a right. Whistleblowers need protection. In my mind naming a whistleblower is worse than a bounty scene. A bounty may end a career but a being outed as a whistleblower almost certainly ends a persons career. By leaving out the alleged whistleblowers name PFT are highlighting the fact that Warren Sapp did something wrong.

  125. jnd666 says: Mar 21, 2012 9:47 PM

    Just Entering Retirement Eventually Motivates You.
    Seeing His Offers Cease, Knockout Everyone Yourself.

  126. garyman1 says: Mar 21, 2012 9:54 PM

    So Sapp calls this guy out and is the same one who took out Packer OT Chad Clifton with a cheap shot ?

  127. jacks40 says: Mar 21, 2012 9:57 PM

    “it only takes one crazy or otherwise unstable Saints fan to decide to do something crazy or unstable to the person identified as the suspected whistleblower.”

    Well if that’s case you should be putting up a bigger fuss that he is not the whistleblower then 1 sentence in this article.

    His name is out there on Yahoo.com, you not saying his name is like trying to stop a flood with a teacup. Wouldn’t a better use of your audience be “PLAYER X(insert name) is not the whistleblower”??

    If you really feel this person could be in danger from info you believe/know to be false, don’t you have a duty to clear up that false info?

  128. hgl4969 says: Mar 21, 2012 10:00 PM

    Whistleblower = integrity = doing the right thing ….. even when it isn’t the easiest or the safest thing to do. It’s true in the corporate world and true in the NFL. Glad some one had integrity!

  129. tarheelpirate says: Mar 21, 2012 10:01 PM

    Doesn’t this make Warren Sapp a “snitch?”

  130. easyeddie says: Mar 21, 2012 10:03 PM

    The Saints are a sham. The entire d#mn organization.

  131. buckybadger says: Mar 21, 2012 10:03 PM

    vtmem says:
    Mar 21, 2012 7:03 PM
    It takes guts to be a whistleblower. We need more men of integrity in the locker rooms to say STOP. Dirty tricks ruin it for everyone. Lombardi was wrong. Winning isn’t everything or the only thing.

    ————-

    Lombardi wasn’t saying you go out to play dirty or do whatever it takes to win. He wasn’t known for running dirty teams, at least not for the time.

    Lombardi is actually right more now then ever. Winning in the NFL is everything. If you don’t win you are gone.

  132. demir757 says: Mar 21, 2012 10:05 PM

    Come on guys do you really think this isn’t the norm amongst defensive players?? They take pride in knocking out offensive players out of the game. I know I know they’re not purposely trying to hurt them.. riiiiight…. so when ray Lewis or some other linebacker or safety hits u hard as they can its not out of love. its because hurting the best players gives u a competitive bedge.The snitch is wrong because he told on his teammates who u would assume had a brother. Nothing they did is criminally wrong but its morally wrong. Did he tell on his teammates when they did drugs or cheated on their wife since he’s so noble. Probably not. I think this situation is waaaaaaay overblown IMO.

  133. effjohntaylornorelation says: Mar 21, 2012 10:06 PM

    In this case all this snitch does is bitch. Sapp and Shockey should make babies. NOTHING without football.

  134. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 21, 2012 10:17 PM

    “thebigwhit says:
    Mar 21, 2012 8:19 PM
    How pathetic is it when you have an NFL Network analyst (Sapp)”

    Using the words “analyst” and “Sapp” in the same sentence = oxymoron.

    If you had used “bloated walking piece of fecal matter” and “Sapp” in the same sentence that would have been fine.

  135. modellforprez says: Mar 21, 2012 10:26 PM

    snitch. its a billion dollar lots of billions actually not crack,dope,junkie riddled streets. wtf is wrong with people and warren fatt should his cornholed pie hole. thanks sheriff Roger $ goodell

  136. goldsteel says: Mar 21, 2012 10:55 PM

    Retaliation?! I surprised the Commissioner hasn’t made the whistle blower a vice president yet?! More overhead and dead wood for the NFL to shoulder.

  137. ashevillechief says: Mar 21, 2012 11:00 PM

    I agree with your point. But while the NFL Network is owned by the NFL, it’s a quasi-news outlet. It has an obligation to report the news, even in sports. If they didn’t, someone else would. Don’t agree with it, just the way it is…

  138. doublebro says: Mar 21, 2012 11:14 PM

    I love Sapp and his frank style but he should probably lose his job over this. After all, isn’t “his source” a rat ratting out another rat?

  139. bizzyb559 says: Mar 21, 2012 11:18 PM

    I can only hope (name withheld) hires an attorney and sues Warren Sapp and the NFL Network. The fact the NFL Network allowed this bafoon to go on air and identify a person without credible evidence to support such a statement is irresponsible and reckless. Sapp should be fired. How did he become an analyst in the first place.

  140. dougrenwick says: Mar 22, 2012 12:06 AM

    How does Shockey who last year played for the Panthers have anything to do with the whistle-blowing especially when Cam Newton was produced as a target of the team’s bounty?

  141. broncogriff says: Mar 22, 2012 12:26 AM

    Explains a little better the whole Toomer rant earlier in the week. That why he is such a bad person! At least he disnt piss on anyones clothes!

  142. nekelund says: Mar 22, 2012 12:54 AM

    Maybe this is how the league plans to ensure no further embarrassment from bounty scandals: by allowing the stars of the network it owns and operates to speculate wildly about and/or name players or staff who blew the whistle on bounty schemes. Since getting fingered will likely end NFL careers, nobody blabs, nobody gets investigated, nobody gets embarrassed and nobody gets hurt (except for opposing QB’s). If nobody is ever willing to provide evidence of such a scheme in the future, then we can logically infer that such a scheme will never happen again. Problem solved!

    Goodell, you genius, once again you reveal yourself to be too clever by half.

  143. jdl8422 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:56 AM

    I think it’s funny Sapp’s twitter name is QBKILLA, think anyone has ever said “hey Sapp, bet you $1,000 you can’t hit farve hard enough to make him afraid to get up”

  144. nekelund says: Mar 22, 2012 12:59 AM

    @dougrenwick:

    The bounty scandal has been going on for years under Gregg Williams, including the years during which [name redacted] played for Williams. Nobody is suggesting that this was a one-time or one-year deal. Many are suggesting that Williams pulled this schnitzel when he was with the Saints, Redskins, Titans and Bills, though I do not think that the NFL has made any specific findings with respect to the other teams.

  145. kismyanus says: Mar 22, 2012 2:46 AM

    Whistle blower or Snitch I really don’t care what you want to call him. I was always taught to speak up and not hide behind someone’s protection. Doing the right thing is important. Sometimes doing the right thing comes with a high price. That price should be happily paid if you were brought up correctly. Above all stay the fk out of other peoples buisness. If it doesn’t have an affect on you or yours stay out of it.

  146. afootballchick says: Mar 25, 2012 8:05 PM

    It is interesting to note that Sapp stated his accusation on an early segment of a special show hosted by Rich Eisen. Regular programming had been interrupted to report the Commissioner’s penalties against the Saints and also to talk about the ever-changing Tebow trade. Sapp was later on NFL Total Access which airs 7pm EST and he was neither asked nor spoke about his ‘snitch’ accusations. Got the feeling that those hours between the earlier show and Total Access, the NFL’s legal team and higher-ups squashed Sapp potentially slanderous/libelous statements.

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