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Shockey hits back at Sapp over accusation in Saints bounty case

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Former Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey has come forward publicly to defend himself after former Buccaneers defensive tackle Warren Sapp said that Shockey was a “snitch” who informed the league office about the Saints bounty case.

Sapp first said on Twitter, and then repeated on NFL Network, that he had been told that Shockey was the person who blew the whistle on Gregg Williams’ bounty program. When we first mentioned the issue we didn’t include Shockey’s name because it seemed unfair to Shockey to name him based on what appeared to be a flimsy accusation from Sapp. But now Shockey has decided he wants to counter Sapp’s accusation publicly.

On Twitter today, Shockey posted what appeared to be text messages between himself and Saints coach Sean Payton, including one from Payton that said, “I know you had nothing to do with that.”

Shockey also told Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports that Sapp’s accusation was false and totally inexcusable.

It’s reckless, it’s careless, it’s hurtful to me and the great time I had with the Saints,” Shockey said. “Sean Payton is a father figure to me. I would never do that to him or to the Saints.”

One surprising aspect of Sapp’s accusation is that NFL Network aired it even though Sapp didn’t name his source and acknowledged that he hadn’t asked the league office if his source was correct. There’s also the reality — apparently lost on both Sapp and Shockey — that bounties are against NFL rules, and therefore the person who reported the Saints’ bounties to the league office is a whistleblower, not a snitch.

If Shockey had refused to dignify Sapp’s comments with a response, he would have been well within his rights. But Shockey decided to respond strongly to Sapp. NFL Network should let its viewers know whether it stands by the information Sapp put on the air.

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157 Responses to “Shockey hits back at Sapp over accusation in Saints bounty case”
  1. pir8life says: Mar 22, 2012 1:58 PM

    Who to believe Sapp (tumbs up) or Shockey (thumbs down)?

  2. sudz28 says: Mar 22, 2012 1:58 PM

    Sapp should shut his pie hole or name his source; anything else makes him a COWARD.

  3. bozosforall says: Mar 22, 2012 1:59 PM

    The NFL continues to lose credibility by the minute.

  4. winningisabrees says: Mar 22, 2012 2:00 PM

    Bounty Gate Overload. TMZ Style

  5. trubroncfan07 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:00 PM

    I believe Sapp.

  6. nygmen78 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:00 PM

    sapp go eat something

  7. benchmcnabb says: Mar 22, 2012 2:00 PM

    I’m a Vikings fan so I could care less who snitched. I’m just glad they did! Saints win =tainted win.

  8. dvdman123 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:00 PM

    Who is Jeremy Shockey and Warren Sapp?

  9. watermelon1 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:00 PM

    Umm… A whistleblower is a snitch. If you dont like how one sounds… doesn’t matter.

  10. monsterscream says: Mar 22, 2012 2:01 PM

    nothing like a lil’ U on U crime…

  11. monsterscream says: Mar 22, 2012 2:01 PM

    nothing like a lil’ U on U crime…

  12. cakemixa says: Mar 22, 2012 2:01 PM

    lol thats believable!

  13. skippynj says: Mar 22, 2012 2:01 PM

    Two peas in a pod. I say, all Sapp’s twitter posts shall henceforth be referred to as “twats”, while Shockey shall be known as the “snatch”.

  14. anotheryx says: Mar 22, 2012 2:01 PM

    Mah, this is in that weird area where you go “wait, so you would definitely let your teammates hurt other people and do nothing about it?”

  15. eaglesnoles05 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:01 PM

    Sapp, u a busta, man.

  16. jimiinpa says: Mar 22, 2012 2:01 PM

    nfl + news for laughs

  17. unfkwthabl says: Mar 22, 2012 2:01 PM

    Sapp lost a lot of credibility on this one…. not that he had much to begin with.

    Put some pads on!

  18. upperdecker19 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:01 PM

    Look out Sapp….False accusers of snitches get stitches?

  19. halo81 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:01 PM

    Call Shockey what you will, but if I were Warren Sapp, I wouldn’t want to see him on a public street after this.

  20. mrdrewstone says: Mar 22, 2012 2:01 PM

    Snitch or not, he’s still a douche, wherever he goes bad news follows him.

  21. AlohaMrHand says: Mar 22, 2012 2:02 PM

    I don’t think it was Shockey either.and who’s to say there even was a snitch?Perhaps the NFL by watching film and by observing noticed something out of the ordinary and investigated.Sapp is just assuming there is a snitch and sounds like a stupid punk teenager who just got in trouble for stealing from another kids locker.

  22. godofwine330 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:02 PM

    So if snitches sleep with Luca Brasi, where do whistleblowers sleep?

  23. madenatewell says: Mar 22, 2012 2:02 PM

    Sapp + Dukes = no word in

  24. upyoursnfu says: Mar 22, 2012 2:02 PM

    Wouldn’t surprise me.

  25. pmd5319 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:02 PM

    “There’s also the reality — apparently lost on both Sapp and Shockey — that bounties are against NFL rules”

    Further proof that this happens everywhere. Current and former players don’t care. Talk about Tebow, quit blowing up this non-story.

  26. dezno24 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:02 PM

    Wouldn’t be the first time Payton would be lying tho!

  27. notrelated says: Mar 22, 2012 2:02 PM

    All this shows is the extent of the cover up and that Peyton deserves everything he gets.

  28. anarchopurplism says: Mar 22, 2012 2:03 PM

    Clearly the media needs to keep reporting on it because it is good for:
    -Sapp….no
    -Shockey….no
    -The League….no
    -The Saints……no

    Oh yeah…..THE MEDIA!

  29. somekat says: Mar 22, 2012 2:03 PM

    2 scum bags that deserve each other

  30. cambam36 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:03 PM

    Warren Sapp, even though a talented player, bugs me to no end.

  31. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Mar 22, 2012 2:03 PM

    How much of a bounty did Sapp receive for his cheap shot on Chad Clifton?

    How much did Nevin Shapiro line Sapp’s pocket with when he was at Miami?

    Sapp isn’t very credible, so for what it’s worth, I’m on Shockey’s side.

  32. mmskin says: Mar 22, 2012 2:04 PM

    nfl network is a joke real fans listen to nfl radio on sirius, with real men like rich gannon, bill polian, bob papa who the nfln got rid of for the jokes that do tnf now, boycott the nfl network

  33. deepseabreeze says: Mar 22, 2012 2:04 PM

    that fat idiot needs to stop running his mouth and nfl network should make a retraction. libel is no joke

  34. sterilizecromartie says: Mar 22, 2012 2:04 PM

    Shockey comes off as a lot of things… a loudmouth and a knucklehead, for example. But I just don’t view him as a snitch. I say Sapp is wrong.

  35. skinsfan4ever says: Mar 22, 2012 2:04 PM

    If only Sapp and Shockey would just disappear from the NFL then that would be great news!!

  36. The Commish says: Mar 22, 2012 2:04 PM

    How would Sean Payton possibly know who the source was?

  37. rmccullen90 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:04 PM

    A snitch is a snitch…..let’s not call it by any other name…idk if shockey did it but if he did he is a disgrace to the U. They are supposed to be fuc*ing soldiers (kellen Winslow jr) not snitches

  38. mrmilstead says: Mar 22, 2012 2:04 PM

    Snitches get Stitches

  39. 3yardsndust says: Mar 22, 2012 2:04 PM

    The person who let Sapp make these allegations on NFL Network needs to justify that decision. Shockey could easily sue, no?

  40. lolb23 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:05 PM

    Sapp is a big fat blabbermouth!!!!

  41. djcologne says: Mar 22, 2012 2:05 PM

    Yeah and Sapp tested positive for ganja and powder prior his NFL Scouting Combine….you’re an oaf Sapp….an oaf. A loud mouth attention seeking oaf who must be over compensating for a lack of something???

  42. gvlions says: Mar 22, 2012 2:05 PM

    Sapp is an idiot. Half the time you can’t understand what he says, and the other half he makes little sense.

  43. donotquit says: Mar 22, 2012 2:05 PM

    DID anyone forget that Reggie Bush is not there now either…. #SherlockHOLMES

  44. switch123 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:06 PM

    Sapp has a Big Mouth to go with that big Fat body of his.

    Somebody tell Sapp you don’t investigate Bounties at McDonalds

  45. eaglesw00t says: Mar 22, 2012 2:07 PM

    I believe Sapp would make BS comments with nothing to back them up.

    he is a lowlife scumbag. Anyone can go onto TV and spout off. He should have to name a source.

  46. lionsfan2014 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:07 PM

    Aren’t there legal protections for whistle blowers? Don’t you receive like 100x’s your future income?

  47. bangitfootball says: Mar 22, 2012 2:07 PM

    Sapp might of comitted a federal felony if Shockey is a whistleblower.
    Sapp should be fired by the NFL Network immediately.

  48. firedup1 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:07 PM

    Sapp Sucks!

  49. nyyjetsknicks says: Mar 22, 2012 2:07 PM

    Law suit

  50. beastup22 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:08 PM

    Whoever reported it is a snitch plain and simple.

  51. lionsfan415 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:08 PM

    Warren Sapp is as loud as he is dumb

  52. sasquash20 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:08 PM

    Whistle blower and snitch? Please stop with the political correct BS. Either way they both make you a rat in this case. I don’t know if it is shockey but someone needs to be punched in the face for being a rat. Oh and this site has jumped the shark. To Tinker Bellish!

  53. spinmovr says: Mar 22, 2012 2:09 PM

    Stop with the demands for journalistic integrity. This is a living sprawling story of the internet age. Online and TV outlets are all benefiting from this discussion happening out in the open.

  54. zephyrhttr says: Mar 22, 2012 2:09 PM

    Sapp is a punk who was just out for blood because he feels personally insulted that defensive player ethics have been called into question.

    He wanted someone to take the fall, and as soon as he got a tip on an offensive guy he pounced on it without a second thought and called the guy out on national tv. I’m surprised he didn’t throw out “snitches get stitches” while he was at it.

    And no, I wouldn’t say any of that to his face. The guy is a monster.

  55. ihadtodoit says: Mar 22, 2012 2:09 PM

    Sapp and Shockey are beeyotches

  56. jimmylions says: Mar 22, 2012 2:09 PM

    People who think it is acceptable to post a bounty for injuring another person have a jailhouse mentality. It’s not a surprise that people who think this way would use the word “snitch.”

    Why don’t you guys ask Sapp for a ballpark figure of the amount of money he was paid in bounties over his career?

  57. JaminJake says: Mar 22, 2012 2:09 PM

    Shouldn’t Sapp be quiet considering they have a rule named after him for cheap shots? Keep your head on a swivel or not, if someone is out of the play there’s no need to make the highlight reel on someone who is just walking on the field.

  58. tfbuckfutter says: Mar 22, 2012 2:10 PM

    Sapp’s source was probably Amani Toomer.

    I’d care more, assuming the accusation IS baseless, if he wasn’t such a dbag.

    But since he is, I don’t care.

  59. tmcb7 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:10 PM

    Not hard to imagine that Warren Sapp’s mouth getting him in trouble. And didn’t he break “THE U” code by throwing Shocky under the bus? Oh, wait, i guess that doesn’t count for some reason?

  60. rg3isvictory says: Mar 22, 2012 2:10 PM

    Who ever it was that ran their mouth is a snitch!!! He’s a whistle blower to league officials but a rat in the locker room!!! I hope their is confirmation one way or another on whether Shockey was snitching!!!

  61. pooflingingmonkey says: Mar 22, 2012 2:11 PM

    Sapp should be fired… maybe even sued for saying something so incredibly idiotic.

  62. cardmagnet says: Mar 22, 2012 2:11 PM

    “Snitch” and “whistleblower” are synonyms. Get with the times, PFT.

  63. objectivenflfan says: Mar 22, 2012 2:11 PM

    Snitches get stitches and drug through ditches.

  64. paleandpasty says: Mar 22, 2012 2:11 PM

    Shockey should sue Sapp.

  65. gb4mn0 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:12 PM

    Sure they will back Sapp(head). Sapp will play the race card if the network renounces his comments and they know it.

  66. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Mar 22, 2012 2:13 PM

    Wonder if he will receive a Fredo kiss next time he faces the Saints.

  67. NakedCowboy! says: Mar 22, 2012 2:13 PM

    sapp is wrong… i just cant imagine shockey did the right thing…

  68. uberniner says: Mar 22, 2012 2:13 PM

    Sapp, as usual, having diarrhea of the mouth….

  69. drinkdabeers says: Mar 22, 2012 2:14 PM

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Slander.

  70. blackstrat says: Mar 22, 2012 2:14 PM

    Warren (say it three times) Sapp, often speaks without much thought.
    He inceasently interupts anyone and everyone making the occasionaly interesting ideas he does have seem moot.
    During the NFL combines 100 yard dash, he had to be asked to move away because he was so loud and intrusive.
    He seems not to have a clue.

  71. chuckyjake says: Mar 22, 2012 2:14 PM

    Sapp is not a journalist. He is a former player who continues to run his mouth with no respect for what it may do to someone’s reputation. If he had any nuts, he would name his source.

  72. lucky5934 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:16 PM

    NFL should suspend Sapp for one year for being a worthless addition to the NFL Network. I mean seriously.. has this guy added anything intelligent to ANY conversation since he has been on the Network. I have no doubt that Sapp logically concluded it must have been Shockey since he was on the team during the bounties and now he played for a rival who’s own quarterback was on the bounty list. HOWEVER, Sapp still is a worthless announcer.

  73. rg3isvictory says: Mar 22, 2012 2:17 PM

    BTW, posting emails between Sean P. and Shockey only make him look guilty! Should have just laughed it off!!! Guilty. Wonder if he’ll get stitches!!!

  74. chadgoy says: Mar 22, 2012 2:17 PM

    Sapp is just as bad as Shockey (if Shockey was the one to ‘snitch’) cuz Sapp ‘snitch’ed on the ‘snitch’er.

  75. dublindemonszfl says: Mar 22, 2012 2:17 PM

    FIRE SAPP!

  76. vegaskid21 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:18 PM

    Per Sapp’s sources last year, “Tebow wont make it in the NFL.”

  77. chuckyjake says: Mar 22, 2012 2:18 PM

    Why does the NFL Network continue to assume their viewers respect any opinions, commentary, or “reporting” by former player idiots like Sapp and Michael Irvin?

  78. geo1113 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:18 PM

    sasquash20 says:
    Mar 22, 2012 2:08 PM
    Whistle blower and snitch? Please stop with the political correct BS. Either way they both make you a rat in this case. I don’t know if it is shockey but someone needs to be punched in the face for being a rat. Oh and this site has jumped the shark. To Tinker Bellish!

    —————————-

    So if you saw someone rape your mother and you told the police, you would be a rat who should be punched in the face. Correct?

  79. noquickreactionshere says: Mar 22, 2012 2:19 PM

    A whistle blower is not a snitch.

    A whistle blower is someone who sees something wrong happening, does not like it, and notifys an authority figure.

    A snitch is someone who is involved in and profits from something wrong going on then later either to save his own butt or because he is no longer profiting from the act he tells.

    A states witness in a murder trial who has no criminal background and no involvement in violent crime is NOT a snitch; however, if that same individual is a part of the same street crime/violent crime and appears against the defendant in order to get out of a charge or for some other personal gain then he is a snitch.

    This being said, if the person who blew the whistle was involved in the bounties then later decided to report it then they are a snitch. If they were not involved in the bounty program and became so appauled at the activity they they felt compelled to report it then they are NOT in any way a snitch.

    my 2 cents

  80. youknowngata says: Mar 22, 2012 2:19 PM

    Warren Sapp needs to be fired!!

  81. richkotitte says: Mar 22, 2012 2:19 PM

    Tiki Barber was FLABBERGASTED when he found out his ex-Giant teammate was “twittering like a canary.”

  82. noqrtrgvn says: Mar 22, 2012 2:19 PM

    Warren Sapp always has been a low/no class P. O. S. and both he and the other “mouthpiece” that he was sharing the announce desk should be booted by the NFL network

  83. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 22, 2012 2:20 PM

    Hope he sues Sapp.

  84. sabatimus says: Mar 22, 2012 2:20 PM

    Given Shockey’s history, I don’t believe a word out of his mouth.

  85. mikeeg says: Mar 22, 2012 2:21 PM

    If sapps lousy commentary doesnt get him fired, then this should!

  86. micbg77 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:21 PM

    Sap should be pulled from the air if the network doesn’t stand by his comments. or at least make h

  87. ccad05 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:21 PM

    Shockey sucks anyway so who cares? Prolly mad cause he never won any of the money

  88. micbg77 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:22 PM

    at least make him retract his statement

  89. justafanofitall says: Mar 22, 2012 2:22 PM

    Whistleblower or no whistleblower…..the Saints should of come clean once investigated after 2009 NFC Championship. The penalthy wouldn’t have been so servere.

    As for who the whistleblower was…..good for him/her…..someone needs to put a stop to this. Or are we waiting for someone to be killed because of it.

    With watching some of the hits the Saints put on players during this story……god I hope they were flagged as some were vicious hits to the head.

  90. dadsfavorite says: Mar 22, 2012 2:23 PM

    Sapp should be fired, since he did this on the air and with Twitter.

    His action doesn’t protect the whistleblower, but allows anger, and vengance against that person.

    To Sapp what were you thinking? Maybe trying to get the snitch killed?

    Why does our society think it’s ok to punish the rat/snitch? The Saints were wrong and tried to hide this by any means available.

  91. agentfreak82 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:23 PM

    Who cares what that fat washed up turd has to say. I think its funny that it’s called snitching like he was in prison or something. Sounds like it was doing the right thing to me.

  92. conormacleod says: Mar 22, 2012 2:23 PM

    Gentlemen, we live in a civilized society (well, unless you’re employed by the Saints). Let us use the proper terminology. It is called a Confidential Informant, or “CI”, if you will. And, since the CI came forward, I’m sure a plea bargain has been worked out with certain authorities, to be pardoned of any such penalties that are about to come down on the players.

    Also, there is no honor amongst thieves. Everybody knows that whoever comes forward first gets the deal. All others get crushed.

  93. kismyanus says: Mar 22, 2012 2:23 PM

    “whistleblower, not a snitch”
    ________________________
    Same thing!
    __________________________
    sudz28 says: Mar 22, 2012 1:58 PM

    Sapp should shut his pie hole or name his source; anything else makes him a COWARD.
    ______________________________
    Same for the snitch. Man up and accuse someone. Quit hiding behind the NFLs skirt. I hate the Saints and am glad they are paying the price for cheating but the accuser is being a total pssy! Sometimes doing the right thing is painful.

  94. geo1113 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:23 PM

    jimmylions says:
    Mar 22, 2012 2:09 PM
    People who think it is acceptable to post a bounty for injuring another person have a jailhouse mentality. It’s not a surprise that people who think this way would use the word “snitch.”

    ———————–

    That is correct. But I wonder how many with that jailhouse mentality snitch when it comes to saving their own rear ends. Anyone ever heard of Henry Hill or Sammy “The Bull” Gravano!

  95. das14 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:23 PM

    I don’t care if Ronald Mcdonald tipped off the NFL. Still can’t just be saying things you think if you’re in the media. You better know. Unless you want to make yourself and your network look stupid.

  96. redmanalishi says: Mar 22, 2012 2:23 PM

    1. Agreed that Sapp use of ‘snitch’ implies that the whistleblower did something wrong. He did not. He’s a hero for stepping forward, that took a lot of courage.

    2. I respect Shockey for standing by his coach/friend. But he should be so quick call the discipline ‘unfair’ or portray the wistleblower as a ‘rat’. Anyone that knew about this crap and did nothing is not ok in my books.

    These attitudes expose a shady culture in the NFL.

  97. Mark Thompson says: Mar 22, 2012 2:24 PM

    Sapp had a problem with Shockey for snitching so he proceeded to express his displeasure for snitching by snitching on Shockey? Hypocrite much?

  98. yourchicksbff says: Mar 22, 2012 2:26 PM

    whistleblower is a big word for Sapp…

  99. randomguy9999 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:26 PM

    Lost on everyone here is that shockey just said outright that he would have participated in the coverup….. So he’s ok with it too….

    And Sapp called him a snitch implying that it shouldn’t have been outer, and thus Sapp thinks assaulting players is aok also…

    So what I’m hearing is that they both are, well, aholes

  100. canesgiants says: Mar 22, 2012 2:27 PM

    being a canes alumnus and giants fan im not the biggest fan of shockey after his tirade in NY but Sap p is one of the worst human beings there is–horrible to autograph seekers , awful to kids.

  101. vikesfansteve says: Mar 22, 2012 2:27 PM

    The real issue is how much the Saints paid the refs to throw the NFCCG.

  102. jgedgar70 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:27 PM

    This whole debate begs the question… Why did NFL Network hire Sapp in the first place? To be NFLN’s Merrill Hoge, spewing out any inane, unconfirmed, irrational nonsense that forms in his head?

    As a Panther fan, I have no love for anyone who has ever worn that nasty pewter uniform. Sapp no longer plays, but continues to give reason to despise him.

  103. girlsinthesouthlovefootball says: Mar 22, 2012 2:27 PM

    I think it was Reggie Bush, too. Or his “marketing agent” Mike Ornstein who had just gotten out of prison when this stuff seems to have come out.

  104. sean6886 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:28 PM

    So, real men have to go after each other on Twitter now?

    If you’re too much of a coward to man up and say it to their face, don’t post it on Twitter.

    If you have no proof that someone is a snitch, don’t bring it to national television until you have facts. We’re talking about someone’s reputation here. I’m no Shockey fan, but like him or not, if you’re bing accused on national television of being the snitch that caused the biggest scandal in the NFL since ever, without any real proof, wouldn’t you be pi$$ed.

  105. mark921129 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:29 PM

    @noquickreactionshere – very well said, and i completely agree.

  106. go9ers says: Mar 22, 2012 2:29 PM

    It makes sense to me that the snitch would be a disgruntled former Saints player. A current player would be strongly incented not to damage the prospects of his own team. Shockey is one on a short list of suspects to be the snitch.

  107. mexicomarlin says: Mar 22, 2012 2:29 PM

    Not that shockey is a saint, but i’d love to see Warren Sapp sued and have to reveal his deep throat was a guy who sells cracker jacks at the super dome.

  108. arcaero says: Mar 22, 2012 2:33 PM

    Does this mean Sean Payton is going to lose his Maybelline endorsement?

  109. cliffordc05 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:33 PM

    This is a prime example of why the NFL Network should not be considered a reliable new source. Some of the former players employed by the NFL Network provide little or nothing in the way of intelligent analysis. They also do not know the difference between gossip and news as evidenced by Warren Sapp’s accusation against Shockey. Shockey is an easy target because public perception of him is largely negative (I am pretty sure he is a dirt bag but that is my personal opinion). Sapp also has a history of running off at the mouth and seeking the public spotlight.

    We see former players with gigs as analysts become more and more desperate as they reach the end of their short term as sportscasters on ESPN and now the NFL Network. Their pronouncements become less reliable as they become desperate to maintain their relevance.

    The NFL Network needs to clean up its act.

  110. freedomispopular says: Mar 22, 2012 2:33 PM

    Why is whistleblowing being frowned upon? So we’re just supposed to allow unethical and illegal activities to continue unpunished?

  111. mjhutmkr says: Mar 22, 2012 2:35 PM

    Hey Warren, Shut the hell up!

    Unless you’ve got legal and valid proof, you’re falsely making accusations.

  112. cowboycjn says: Mar 22, 2012 2:35 PM

    No snitch – and who cares where it started from – like a bunch of little kids. Oh-I’m going to tell, and if you get mad – pick up your toys and go home.
    It’s out and has been dealth with – so be it. This is a new season coming up so lets play ball and see what happens.

  113. mdpickles says: Mar 22, 2012 2:35 PM

    Sapp should be canned.

  114. hugos9 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:45 PM

    Outing a whistle-blower is a bad move! Sapp and the NFL need to lawyer up and pray!

  115. johnster67 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:45 PM

    He is a “snitch” if he did it because he got cut. A “whistleblower”, would have done it as soon as he found out about it, purely in the interest of the game and safety of the players. I have never liked Shockey, and would not put it past him to want to hurt the Saints after getting cut by them.
    Maybe its not Shockey that told the league, but if it were someone with malice in mind when they “snitched”. Now, if someone walked away voluntarily because they didn’t agree with it, and reported it, they would be a whistleblower. That said, I can see Shockey not contacting the league, but telling others in the panthers organization about it, and they they blew the whistle. But that would then be hearsay.

  116. ceschatz says: Mar 22, 2012 2:47 PM

    So Sapp snitched on Shockey, now they are both snitches.

  117. t16rich says: Mar 22, 2012 2:47 PM

    Well clearly Warren grew up in an area where doingh the right thing warrants you being labelled a snitch, hence ruining your life.

  118. philsimmsisadouche says: Mar 22, 2012 2:50 PM

    Agree with Ryan Clark. If you took part in the program and later tattled on the team, you are a snitch. If you took a stance during the time it was going on, talked with your coach and told him you would not abide a bounty program and then told the league, you are a whistle blower. To tell after the fact was pretty weak.
    As to Shockey, as an offensive guy and former Saint, he was not a participant. If this is true, then he was clearly motivated to get back at the Saints for getting rid of him.

  119. radrhatr says: Mar 22, 2012 2:50 PM

    It’s gonna be fun at “The U”‘s offseason weight program, if Sapp shows up.

    Sapp snitched out his fellow Miami alumni.

  120. nfl1818 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:50 PM

    There is a fine line between reporting obligations and moral obligations regarding privacy in the case of individuals at risk of serious harm.

    And the media seems to cross that line every time . . . .

    bc apparently I just absolutely need to know who this person was.

  121. dmobin says: Mar 22, 2012 2:53 PM

    This is dumb, Shockey will have a huge target on his back next season. I mean come on, the Saints were only doing what everybody else does, I mean who needs Brady, Manning (both Peyton and Eli), Brees, Rodgers, Romo, Rivers, Newton, Bradford, Schaub, and any other top quality QB. Take them all out, teams should be able to put incentives in players contracts that pay extra for destroying a guys career. Hey, if I’m a LB and I come in an hit Brady’s knee and shred it so he can’t play any more, so what. He can be replaced, I mean I don’t care if the Pats have to play their 3rd string QB, or if teams have to sign RBs and/or WRs during the season that couldn’t start in Arena League FB, this the NF’Frickin’L people, it is a violent sport and people get hurt. So what if the quality of the play drops because the best players’ careers are ended. So what if people stop watching and going to games because the quality of the offensive has dropped of dramatically, I just want to see big hits and guys getting hurt and carted off the field, heck every game should have a career ending injury, or else it wouldn’t be true football.

    /sarcasm in case anyone didn’t get it…

  122. chrisvegas says: Mar 22, 2012 2:53 PM

    So Sapp is snitching on Shockey, and we don’t even know if Sapp is telling the truth. So if Sapp is snitching on Shockey and he is indeed wrong, what does that make Sapp? Why does the NFL Network always get idiots like Sapp, Deon Sanders, M. Irvin on their show? Can’t they find more respected former players such as Seth Joyner.

  123. richardhurtz says: Mar 22, 2012 2:54 PM

    I’m not a big law suit guy but if Shockey really has nothing to do with this he should sue Sapp personally and the NFL Network for slander. He had little chance to sign with a team and Sapp’s statement makes it nearly impossible for anyone else to bring him in. Shockey could win millions in damages IF he is telling the truth.

  124. kevpft says: Mar 22, 2012 2:54 PM

    Nice, so now depending on who people believe, half will think Shockey is a dirty snitch, and the other half will think he’s a coward who wouldn’t stand up and do what’s right (“I would never do that to him or to the Saints”).

    All that the facts support is the latter, so all Shockey has confirmed is that if he was involved in something illegal, he wouldn’t do anything to stop it.

    Maybe not what you want to be shouting from the rooftops, but that’s athlete psychology for you.

  125. dadsfavorite says: Mar 22, 2012 2:59 PM

    Using principles from police training and the FBI:

    the real snitch is Sapp since he trying to divert the evidence from him to Shockey.

  126. melikefootball says: Mar 22, 2012 3:04 PM

    Sapp should be the one ostrisized by the other players on this one. All to get a headline.

  127. pftcensorssuck says: Mar 22, 2012 3:04 PM

    On Twitter today, Shockey posted what appeared to be text messages between himself and Saints coach Sean Payton, including one from Payton that said, “I know you had nothing to do with that.”
    ———————————————————-

    Wait a minute ….. Sean Payton claimed he knew NOTHING about this bounty scandal.

    So …. how could he “know” that Shockey – or anyone ELSE – did or didn’t have anything “to do with that”?

    Just askin’

  128. phillysuxbigd says: Mar 22, 2012 3:11 PM

    The timeline doesn’t make sense. This investigation has been going on for several seasons…while shockey was a member of the saints. It doesn’t make much sense that he would inform the nfl about a bounty system on the team he was currently playing for. As much as i dont like shockey, it sounds like Warren Sapp is just recklessly throwing out accusations.

  129. md228010 says: Mar 22, 2012 3:12 PM

    That jackass Sapp is probably right… Who know’s what’s really going on in the inner circles of all this. A lil birdie caught wind up Shockey’s name and let it loose… Not that hard to believe but Shockey’s comments seem to hint that he’s pretty pissed off about it. I say they fight next time they see each other

  130. tformation says: Mar 22, 2012 3:15 PM

    I’ll tell you one reason Shockey doesn’t want Sapp calling him a snitch. Shockey’s a free agent. What head coach would want him after he snitched/blew the whistle on a previous employer?

    Yes, yes. If you can prove that, that’s illegal. But Shockey has got plenty of minuses in his column as it is…

  131. patsfiend says: Mar 22, 2012 3:15 PM

    Sapp is an idiot, and when they put him on TV at the same time as Porter, it’s pretty much unwatchable. How do these guys make so much coin just spouting off on nonsense? Amazing.

  132. md228010 says: Mar 22, 2012 3:15 PM

    Defamaion of Character… Sue that Fat F… Could literally cost Shock some big bucks. His rep never was great but this doesnt help at all.

  133. kate773 says: Mar 22, 2012 3:15 PM

    “It’s reckless, it’s careless, it’s hurtful to me and the great time I had with the Saints,” Shockey said. “Sean Payton is a father figure to me. I would never do that to him or to the Saints.”
    ______________________________

    Do what? The right thing?

  134. mobuccsfan says: Mar 22, 2012 3:15 PM

    @noquickreactionshere says: Mar 22, 2012 2:19 PM

    A whistle blower is not a snitch.

    A whistle blower is someone who sees something wrong happening, does not like it, and notifys an authority figure.

    A snitch is someone who is involved in and profits from something wrong going on then later either to save his own butt or because he is no longer profiting from the act he tells.

    A states witness in a murder trial who has no criminal background and no involvement in violent crime is NOT a snitch; however, if that same individual is a part of the same street crime/violent crime and appears against the defendant in order to get out of a charge or for some other personal gain then he is a snitch.

    This being said, if the person who blew the whistle was involved in the bounties then later decided to report it then they are a snitch. If they were not involved in the bounty program and became so appauled at the activity they they felt compelled to report it then they are NOT in any way a snitch.

    my 2 cents

    Upvote for you my friend.
    Very well said. My two cents is that it could be Shockey, it could be anyone that was released, could be Ornstein, maybe the Saints decided to finally cut him off so he figured why not rat them out, could be Bush. I don’t think we will ever truly know nor do I think it is important. And I am against stupid lawsuits (too many of them in this damn country) but if Shockey is indeed innocent and can prove it w/out reasonable doubt, I would sue Sapp and the NFL Network. Last thought, the NFL Network should’ve never even let something like that air. What a joke. And yes, they need some real broadcasters/sports journalists and not just a bunch of washed-up, over-the-hill, retired jocks that have that mentality still and nothing positive to bring to the table. ESPN is a close second. Yikes!

  135. gitchogameon says: Mar 22, 2012 3:23 PM

    I wish QB Killa would get ran over by a Train. Throw in that other fat slob they have at the games “the goose” and I’ll be a happy camper.

  136. beeronthefridge says: Mar 22, 2012 3:25 PM

    If sap is not fired, i’m finished with the nfl for good.

    i’ll find another sport.

  137. muckfodell says: Mar 22, 2012 3:35 PM

    I think Shockey needs a reality show.

    Vote with your thumbs…

  138. packerfanfordecades says: Mar 22, 2012 3:36 PM

    As far as we can tell right now, there was only one whistleblower. Given that presumption, there are some dozens of players and NO staff people who knew about the bounty system and elected to not say anything for some extended length of time. Mr. Shockey is part of that “code of silence” group.

    There is no honor that arrives by being a member of the “code of silence” group.

    Silence isn’t tolerated by law enforcement if a spouse knows that what his/her partner is doing falls into certain unlawful categories. Here we have a conspiracy to cause bodily injury that falls way outside any concealment protection that might be associated in some circumstances with a marriage.

    Holy cow … this isn’t the mafia, it’s the NFL.

    Sapp has outed a cover-up co-conspirator. Shokey is a co-conspirator, not a hero for being a non-snitch.

    .

  139. chawk12thman says: Mar 22, 2012 3:36 PM

    Sapp may have to re-evaluate his “reliable” source. Maybe the problem here…..?

    Regardless, whomever let the NFL know about the Bounty program still continuing has my respect. Tough to step forward until you realize you need to do so to protect your peers. Then, not so hard.

  140. thetooloftools says: Mar 22, 2012 3:54 PM

    very reckless of the nfl network to air those comments.
    sapp just took a cheap shot via the network.

  141. bensstinkyfingers says: Mar 22, 2012 3:55 PM

    What a Sapp! That Snitching on the snitch , makes sense Warren, take your Husky pants to the Salad Bar Son.

  142. numberoneinthehoodg says: Mar 22, 2012 4:00 PM

    A little help my brothers and sisters. I foolishly went to youtube to see Sapp’s comments in regards to Shockey and there is zero views and no audio etc…. Is there a cover-up?

  143. farmmbig says: Mar 22, 2012 4:01 PM

    Shockey should tell Sapp to “Put a uniform on!”– Just like Sapp did to Mike Sherman after Sherman called him out for UNNECESSARILY lighting-up Chad Clifton.

    Sapp is scum.

  144. thegrinchbronco831 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:15 PM

    Sapp should just shut his face and do the Beyonce dance….dam that was awful looked like Missy Eliot going through a spiritual trance

  145. jc327 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:18 PM

    The real issue here is the way we as a society vilify the snitch and excuse the perpetrator.

  146. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:18 PM

    “unfkwthabl says:
    Mar 22, 2012 2:01 PM
    Sapp lost a lot of credibility on this one…”

    Funny, I didn’t think he had any credibility to lose in the first place.

  147. baily67 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:25 PM

    does anybody remember, not that this has anything to do with the current matter, that Sapp was suspended by the NFL network for sexual harrassment or something of that nature, not that long ago? his character isn’t something I would welcome on NFL, sorry, I don’t believe anything that comes out of his mouth. they need to lose him on the show.

  148. bigbadal21 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:27 PM

    What I find interesting is that Shockey alludes to the fact that he knew what was going on. This is interesting because Shockey played offense. So if an offensive player knew what was going on the whole locker room to include the full coaching staff must have known. Remember Shockey never said I didn’t know abount bounties, he said I would never report it because of my feelings for the coach and the Saints.

  149. pat940 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:30 PM

    Maybe the teams that kept getting the constant hits could tell something might be going on? Maybe a player talking smack about getting paid about a hit he just made was caught on another players microphone. I remember one of those years sharper braggin about how they were gunnin for favre, and I still remember how he looked in his press conference after nfc championship game. I’m a lion fan and I was thinking it was too much. Never know

  150. dustinmc says: Mar 22, 2012 4:50 PM

    NFL please suspend Warren for a year or fire his fat a**. I hate having to change the channel everytime he is on air.

  151. tatum064 says: Mar 22, 2012 5:47 PM

    watermelon1 says:
    Mar 22, 2012 2:00 PM
    Umm… A whistleblower is a snitch. If you dont like how one sounds… doesn’t matter.

    Nothing could be further from the truth.

    A snitch is a derogatory form for informant , who gains the trust of a mark, then will turn on them, hence the street slang; “snitches get stitches”

    a whistleblower, is someone from an institution that identifies wrong doing that could cause physical harm or could discredit an existing government or its credibility.

    The two are purposely interchanged to discourage identifying wrong doing in furtherance of a criminal enterprise that benefits one group of people who remain silent.

    Hence, “snitch” can be applied to a police officer who knowingly identifies racism, profiling, corruption within his or her department….or a U.N. peacekeeper identifying rape or drug trafficking within the boundaries of their jurisdiction.

  152. pedrovillegas21 says: Mar 22, 2012 5:57 PM

    I understand Sapp was a very good player when he played, but please stop making him out to be Reggie White, I dont think hes a Hall of Famer (IMHO) but he is TERRIBLE on the NFL network, and him coming out saying Shockey is the Snitch is just his way to make himself relevant (he can use the fact that both of them went to the “U” and therefore his “SOURCE” knows that Shockey snitched) Shockey’s a JERK but I dont think he snitched

  153. eyeh8goodell says: Mar 22, 2012 6:17 PM

    It was Shockey. And that was the furthest thing from a “Strong response” I can think of. And what’s funnier is all the armchair, beer bellied losers on this site attacking a former NFL player that, um, actually knows other players and has a ton of contacts in locker rooms all over the league. In short. he knows more about it than all of you combined, and all of this site’s “writer’s” combined (you’re all a bunch of talentless hacks, by the way). I’m no fan of Sapp, but he’s more plugged in than you people are or the bloggers posting these “stories”.

  154. Deb says: Mar 22, 2012 6:38 PM

    Shockey? I’m no fan of the guy, but I really doubt this. And so what if it were? They were taking money from a felon to bypass the salary cap and run an illegal bounty program. They deserved to be caught and deserved every punishment they’ve gotten.

    Time for the NFL Network to demonstrate some integrity and fire Sapp.

  155. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 22, 2012 8:05 PM

    Sapp = loud mouthed dumbass….

  156. vader7176 says: Mar 22, 2012 9:58 PM

    Ok, so let me get this straight. Sapp works for NFL network and NFL network lets him say that the problem here isn’t the bounty but the uncovering of the same. Does that mean bounties are okay Warren? I knew there was a reason I never liked you as a player.

  157. modellforprez says: Mar 22, 2012 10:25 PM

    I work for the nfl on park ave in manhattan and saw a sworn written statement from JEREMY SHOCKEY stating he saw and knew of the bounty system I will post tmw at noon on my first ever modellforprez presser right here so be sure to tune it gets juicy

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