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NFLN won’t fire Sapp, won’t comment on other discipline

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Earlier on Friday, NFL Network addressed the recent on-air proclamation from analyst Warren Sapp that former Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey was the (in Sapp’s words) “snitch” regarding the Saints’ bounty program.  Specifically, NFLN Senior Vice President of Programming and Production Mark Quenzel said the league-owned network has “discussed it with Warren and stressed that he is an analyst and not a reporter for NFL Network.”

The statement didn’t specify whether any action will be taken against Sapp, but it clearly implied that the relationship will continue.  Otherwise, there would have been no need to “stress” anything to Sapp other than the words “good” and “bye.”

Quenzel subsequently told USA Today that Sapp indeed will not be fired.  Curiously, however, Quenzel wouldn’t say whether Sapp will be suspended without pay or removed from the air for any period of time.

So why did NFL Network have to “stress” now that Sapp is an analyst and not a reporter?  There were no complaints from NFL Network when Sapp received a text message from Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis regarding the fact that he’d miss the first of four straight games with a foot injury last season.  And so the network had no problem with Sapp gathering news until Sapp gathered news that created trouble after the fact for the network.

That leads to the bigger organizational problem that NFLN has yet to publicly address.  Sapp didn’t simply blurt out “Shockey is the snitch!” while talking about some other subject.  Instead, Sapp put the information on Twitter and NFLN specifically brought him on the air to discuss it.

Right or wrong, good or bad, Warren Sapp was being Warren Sapp.  Those behind the scenes who put him on the air to talk about what he had said on Twitter are the ones to whom a message or two apparently needs to be “stressed.”

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60 Responses to “NFLN won’t fire Sapp, won’t comment on other discipline”
  1. cakemixa says: Mar 23, 2012 4:21 PM

    I’m surprised that he wasn’t fired when he got arrested for beating a “girlfriend” in a hotel room when he was covering the SB a few years ago.

  2. warpstonebc says: Mar 23, 2012 4:21 PM

    Does Mark have a relative named Harleen?

    That would be cool. :P

  3. 1phd says: Mar 23, 2012 4:22 PM

    The producer of the live broadcast and that time is responsible first and foremost. Sapp didn’t just trot out there and decide he was going to give out the info. Someone had to okay it first. Bad judgement $$$.

  4. agelardi says: Mar 23, 2012 4:30 PM

    Look… up in the sky… is it a bird, is it a plane? No, it’s the NFL’s credibility going out the window.

  5. voiceofrealism says: Mar 23, 2012 4:31 PM

    I’m a little sick of the “Warren is just being Warren” crap. He’s an adult, treat him like one.

  6. clayton43 says: Mar 23, 2012 4:36 PM

    Again, the word analyst gives people the freedom to put out ” lies” anytime they want. Everyone is an analyst and I dont think there is anything suck as an actual reporter anymore. People and anyone( such as this site) can say what they want .. right or wrong… without any checks and when they are wrong… nothing happens… just move on to the next story.

  7. janpage says: Mar 23, 2012 4:37 PM

    Sapp should be fired or, at least, suspended. What in the world is wrong with him? Was he trying to blame Shockey for being a snitch (if he is at all). If so, it sounds to me like Sapp thought the bounty system was just fine until it was ‘snitched’ out.

    Having worked in prisons for most of my life, I know that snitches are vilified. So it seems to me that Sapp is showing his prejudices.

    Maybe he should just shut up.

  8. killerpgh says: Mar 23, 2012 4:39 PM

    If a teams owner is fined and held responsible for whatever the team does then shouldn’t The commish of the NFL be held to the same standard when his network steps out of line?

  9. farmmbig says: Mar 23, 2012 4:42 PM

    “Put a uniform on!..Put a uniform on!… Put a uniform on!”

  10. mrcosio says: Mar 23, 2012 4:44 PM

    Sapp needs to be fired… the guy is a terrible analyst, half the things that come out of his mouth you can barely understand and when you can it really doesn’t make much sense, and then he’ll start yelling when he gets in an argument (my dad once told me that when a man starts to yell in an argument he’s already lost….”

    Really the only reason Sapp is even on is for comedy relief, I mean who takes this guy seriously?

  11. pigskin28 says: Mar 23, 2012 4:45 PM

    Everyone in every walk of life makes mistakes. When you speak in Public for a living your mistakes are clear for all to see. If you fired your employees each time a mistake is made, you’d have no one, or a bunch of folks with nothing to say.

    Sapp stepped out of bounds, but I don’t think firing the man is necessary.

  12. t8ertot says: Mar 23, 2012 4:47 PM

    Does this qualify as slander?

  13. maverick5266 says: Mar 23, 2012 4:47 PM

    Sapp should be fired for one thing. He is a terrible analyst.

  14. majorseahawk says: Mar 23, 2012 4:47 PM

    Sorry but this is NFLN’s fault not Sapp’s. If he had just blurted it out on one of their shows then they’d have a legitimate gripe, but he did it on twitter. And then NFLN brought him on their show to talk about it. Wasn’t Sapp’s idea to do that.

  15. whatswiththehate says: Mar 23, 2012 4:49 PM

    So you mean Warren can’t be irresponsible with his news reporting like everyone else on ESPN/NFLN? NOOOOO…

    I thought Yellow Journalism was an automatic requrement at NFLN. To believe the NFL is actually attached to that network is sad.

  16. Deb says: Mar 23, 2012 4:53 PM

    Whether or not the Shockey info was correct, the NFLN needs to deal with Sapp if the league expects other whistleblowers to come forward in the future. I suspect it wasn’t Shockey and that’s what’s saving Sapp’s job. But getting it wrong doesn’t change the fact that he tried to out a whistleblower without the network’s permission–and that sets a dangerous precedent.

  17. aigraiders says: Mar 23, 2012 4:56 PM

    BS excuse by the NFL Network. Shockey will sue both the NFL and Sapp once he doesnt get a contract. Suckas.

  18. faithful209er says: Mar 23, 2012 4:57 PM

    I’m baffled.

    If Roger G. is trying to protect himself and the shield for future (and current) lawsuits, why in the world would he protect Warren Sapp?

    If he continues to protect Sapp, credibility in lawsuits will be diminished.

    Sapp has outed a (possible) whistleblower in a player-safety situation –> future whistleblowers will be reluctant to come forward, based on perception, whether Shockey is the whistleblower or not –> No one will come forward in the future –> Since the outing of the whistleblower happened on the NFL Network, by an NFL employee, the NFL will be seen as anti-whisleblower, not truly trying to protect player safety.

    This train of thought has to be obvious to most, so I have no doubt that Warren Sapp just hasn’t been fired yet… but he must be, and he will be fired soon.

  19. rajbais says: Mar 23, 2012 4:58 PM

    Warren Sapp = Jackass!!!!!

    I don’t know what’s more obnoxious, his actual laugh or the fact that he laughs at his OWN jokes!!!!!

    Plus, he ALWAYS laughs AT EVERYTHING when he’s a radio show guest and that’s annoying too!!!!

  20. gb4mn0 says: Mar 23, 2012 5:01 PM

    Once again, Sapp is being given a free pass simply for the fact that if he was fired Crapp would claim his dismissal was racially motivated.

    All the credibility the league gained with their heavy handed punishment for “bountygate,” has been significantly diminished simply by their refusal to flush a piece of Crapp.

  21. stairwayto7 says: Mar 23, 2012 5:11 PM

    Fire that overrated loud mouth now! Also fire Dieon and coke head Irvin!

  22. bryans49ers says: Mar 23, 2012 5:13 PM

    NFL will pay heavy for his big mouth in civil court.

  23. frankiemontana says: Mar 23, 2012 5:27 PM

    Schockey, should sue the NFLN for airing the story, Sapp for being an idiot, how many chances is this guy (Sapp) going to get.doe he have pictures of the commissioner doing the nasty.
    should have been fired back when he beat up his girlfriend guess the NFL only cares about the character of the teams and not their employees on the network,banned Sapp for 1 year without pay

  24. masterblaster78 says: Mar 23, 2012 5:30 PM

    Did Sapp not threaten a certain QB when he was playing? He’s no different. He has nothing to say positive about football, nothing positive to say about anyone but himself. He’s self centered. I’m surprised his head fits thru the door when he walks in.

  25. dannersthemanners says: Mar 23, 2012 5:31 PM

    Goodell says, “Oops.”

  26. dogluverssuck says: Mar 23, 2012 5:37 PM

    Slander? Fired for what?

    Most of you clowns said Vick shot the guy at his birthday party.

    I guess Vick should have you guys fired from your jobs for slander. Right?

  27. ubummer says: Mar 23, 2012 5:57 PM

    Everybody in the country knows that if Sapp was white and Shockey black, Sapp would have been fired yesterday.

  28. delhommed says: Mar 23, 2012 6:06 PM

    Sapp is to analyst as Matt Millen is to G.M.

  29. pacificajim says: Mar 23, 2012 6:16 PM

    If I were an employer, I don’t see how I could view Warren Sapp as anything other than being a very loose cannon who seems hellbent on becoming a major embarrassment to any company or organization that affiliates itself with him.

    I think I would feel it necessary to cut my losses and send him packing.

  30. bedabear says: Mar 23, 2012 6:17 PM

    Again, Sapp better at running his mouth than running down QB’s, or for anything else for that matter. Also have to agree with stairway that the NFLN needs to clean house. Eisen, Sapp, Dieon, and Irvin all need to go. I can’t even watch that program because they are all so bad.

  31. insider7 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:18 PM

    Jeremy Shockey
    v.
    Warren Sapp, Roger Goodell, NFL Network and the National Football League

    Let the lawyers get it on!

    Don’t file the lawsuit in New York, Jeremy! You don’t want to give them “home court” advantage.

  32. efox2088 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:23 PM

    They don’t even really need to consider the comments on Shockey, should fire him because he’s horrible at his job!!!!!!!

    if that isn’t enough then lets consider a loud mouth who throws out comments using sources that are just as likely fictional as the Easter Bunny. Then fire him!

  33. ayydee33 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:29 PM

    Please I’ve heard radio host and TV analyst alike call players and coaches names (coward, worthless, etc.). The voice of public was starting to point too Shockey before Sapp said anything. All I know is I don’t want Shockey on my team, do you want him on your?

  34. schmitty2 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:47 PM

    He should join the MNF cast and complete the trifecta of morons

  35. calibear831 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:56 PM

    ” So why did NFL Network have to “stress” now that Sapp is an analyst and not a reporter? There were no complaints from NFL Network when Sapp received a text message from Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis regarding the fact that he’d miss the first of four straight games with a foot injury last season. And so the network had no problem with Sapp gathering news until Sapp gathered news that created trouble after the fact for the network.”

    Maybe because the foot injury news came straight from ray lewis to sapp n the snitch report didnt come from Jeremy shockey to warren sapp.

  36. onebucplace says: Mar 23, 2012 7:10 PM

    I’m a lifelong Buccaneers fan and while it’s hilarious to see what the NFL did to the Saints it’s also stupid and a vast over reaction. If Sapp has concrete information about Shockey being the snitch then why shouldn’t he say something — if he’s wrong then he’ll receive his punishment but someone that played for the Saints did a bitch move and tattled about what was happening and did so in a way to hurt the team. The NFL isn’t the government so I know there is no right to face it’s accuser, but at the same time to basically destroy a franchise for a number of years (which this will do) anonymously is just ridiculous so more power to Sapp for outing the snitch.

  37. pigskin28 says: Mar 23, 2012 7:11 PM

    All the nincompoops claiming Sapp outed the whistleblower, Sapp works for Nfl Network. They are owned by The Nfl, but Sapp has nothing to do with Ny. Sapp has every right to pass on news he learned. The snitch part was terrible, but the man has a right to report. He is not part of any rule m as king or discipline or investigation from the Nfl office. He has to be careful what and how his reporting may reflect on the league office, but the man can report things he learns independently.

  38. jenniferxxx says: Mar 23, 2012 7:12 PM

    Junkie Shockey needs money.

  39. pacog364 says: Mar 23, 2012 7:21 PM

    Warren Sapp is an opinionated-overrated ex-NFL player, who thinks he is a gift to sport journalism, when in reality he is a loudmouth who doesn’t make any sense half the time he opens his mouth.

  40. raiderapologist says: Mar 23, 2012 7:27 PM

    It would be nice if Sapp would do something to get fired. If he could take Eisen and Irvin down with him, that would be perfect.

  41. wtfchiefs says: Mar 23, 2012 7:30 PM

    Once I heard Warren Sapp say he thought Deion Sanders was the best football player ever. I havent watched him since

  42. melikefootball says: Mar 23, 2012 7:34 PM

    Something fishy here, first his scuffle before the Super Bowl, now Shockey snitch talk. Wonder how that would work out for others on NFLN. No accountablity by Sapp and none from NFLN.

  43. 1mommicked1 says: Mar 23, 2012 7:39 PM

    Three words for warren sapp: old, slow, and done. His mistakes are getting real old, he’s proving to be a little slow from the neck up, and the NFLN should be done with him.

  44. eyeh8goodell says: Mar 23, 2012 7:44 PM

    It’s interesting to me that people just assume that because Shockey showed us a text message from Payton that it means he must be cleared. I used to do Loss/Prevention investigations for Best Buy and every single time we confronted an employee about being informed of his/her theft the first question they asked was always “who told you that?”. You think we actually told them who the informant was? Of course not! You think the NFL actually told Payton who the “snitch” was? Of course not! For the same reason this site chose not to post his name (although they posted his picture in that particular article). Payton doesn’t know who the informant is.

    And I highly doubt any NFL source is going to tell a blog site like this either.

    It’s also funny that even Shockey referred to the informant as “the rat”. So it’s hilarious to see people take up the cause for Shockey and yet he views “the rat” the same way all the other players do.

    Maybe it’s Shockey. Maybe it isn’t. But there’s a reason that guy has the reputation he does among his peers…..and it’s not a good one.

  45. rayguyreturns says: Mar 23, 2012 7:46 PM

    They didn’t need the “Shockey incident” to fire him for cause. He’s given them plenty of reasons before then.

    Cut the bum.

  46. beeronthefridge says: Mar 23, 2012 7:59 PM

    “Right or wrong, good or bad, Warren Sapp was being Warren Sapp. Those behind the scenes who put him on the air to talk about what he had said on Twitter are the ones to whom a message or two apparently needs to be “stressed.”

    poor baby warren sap. the man made them do it.

    the same defense used by the nazi war criminals during the nuremberg trials.

    i guess it’s ok to go the way of the nazis!

  47. thelastpieceofcheese says: Mar 23, 2012 8:09 PM

    Sapp is worst as an analyst than ireland is as a G.M. and ross is as an owner, combined!

  48. stevenfbrackett says: Mar 23, 2012 8:12 PM

    They are waiting to see if Shockey files a defamation lawsuit against Sapp or the network or both – or if the uproar lasts more than a few more days. If any of those happen, Sapp will be fired.

  49. folkcrusader says: Mar 23, 2012 9:33 PM

    Bottom line Sapp has very poor judgement. Sapp can be Sapp anywhere he wants that doesn’t include a national audience.

  50. folkcrusader says: Mar 23, 2012 9:36 PM

    eyeh8goodell says: Mar 23, 2012 7:44 PM

    It’s interesting to me that people just assume that because Shockey showed us a text message from Payton that it means he must be cleared. I used to do Loss/Prevention investigations for Best Buy and every single time we confronted an employee about being informed of his/her theft the first question they asked was always “who told you that?”. You think we actually told them who the informant was? Of course not!

    ********************

    Other then the fact that they have a legal right to confront their accuser in a court of law? Oh but that’s right, corporations have no interest in bringing such employees to a court of law.

  51. petedutcher says: Mar 23, 2012 11:35 PM

    If Shockey was the snitch, would he admit it? No.

    So no one really knows if it was slander. A good clue is this…is Shockey doesn’t file a slander suit it’s because he knows Sapp cab subpeona official NFL documents to prove he spoke the truth.

    But I will say this…he is more than welcome to join the Bucs staff as asst. Offensive Line coach.

  52. petedutcher says: Mar 23, 2012 11:37 PM

    auto correct on a tablet sucks.

  53. whatevnfl says: Mar 24, 2012 12:52 AM

    I guess my first question would be, is Sapp required to follow the NFL’s social media policy and did he violate that in any way? Because if he is an employee of the NFL, his tweet alone should be an issue. And as if someone whose twitter handle is something like “qbkilla” should be commenting on this at all.

    Then the Network was gross for bringing him on to discuss and name a name, right or wrong.

    Side note, Sean Payton uses a lot of exclamation points in his texting. I had no idea that anyone in football used even one exclamation point, let alone multiple ones, multiple times. Flabbergasting.

  54. modellforprez says: Mar 24, 2012 12:59 AM

    fat bastige should be fired. he snitched on a snitch that snitched but says he didn’t snitch. this is all very confusing. training camp 16 weeks away woo hoo!!!!

  55. chawk12thman says: Mar 24, 2012 1:45 AM

    Reality is that Sapp is no different than a Bounty participating N.O. player. He isn’t the same as the Defensive Coordinator who ran the Bounty program, nor even close to being the Team’s Coach. That would be the NFL Network’s Producer and Director. I trust that for NFL credibility, they get suspended, fined or otherwise disciplined long before Sapp.

  56. chawk12thman says: Mar 24, 2012 1:46 AM

    Reality is that Sapp is no different than a Bounty participating N.O. player. He isn’t the same as the Defensive Coordinator who ran the Bounty program, nor even close to being the Team’s Coach. That would be the NFL Network’s Producer and Director. I trust that for NFL credibility, they get suspended, fined or otherwise disciplined along with Sapp.

  57. toppdogg51 says: Mar 24, 2012 2:06 AM

    I totally agree with voiceofrealism 100%.

  58. jpb12 says: Mar 24, 2012 7:12 AM

    I think there’ll be a financial apology

  59. gmen5280 says: Mar 24, 2012 9:13 AM

    The only guy you can take seriously at the NFL channel is Faulk, maybe Warner.

    The rest are a bunch of babbling idiots. All they do is point out the obvious.

    Its like when I walk into work with my motorcycle helmet and someone goes, “Did you ride your bike today?”

  60. cgarsmoker says: Mar 24, 2012 10:29 AM

    “Right or wrong, good or bad, Warren Sapp was being Warren Sapp. Those behind the scenes who put him on the air to talk about what he had said on Twitter are the ones to whom a message or two apparently needs to be “stressed.””

    Basically you’re saying Sapp is often reckless and exercises poor judgement so don’t blame him …. Blame the person who put him on the air. If Warren Sapp is so dim that he doesn’t understand that what he did was wrong, he doesn’t deserve to have the job as an on air personality.

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