During his Hall of Fame induction speech, Cris Carter mentioned only his former Vikings teammates who also are in the Hall of Fame. Carter also didn’t mention any of the head coaches or assistant coaches he worked with during 12 years with the team.
While Carter’s diss of men like Denny Green has yet to make waves, the guy who spoke before Carter has attracted attention by making a potentially more significant oversight.
Warren Sapp didn’t mention former Buccaneers defensive line coach Rod Marinelli during his speech, and Marinelli reportedly was upset over the omission.
Former Buccaneers offensive lineman Ian Beckles, who when he isn’t allegedly touching a horse against police orders hosts a show on WDAE-AM in Tampa, said Monday that Sapp’s failure to mention Marinelli “hurt” the veteran coach.
“I know for a fact that he was broke up over that,” Beckles said of Marinelli, via JoeBucsFan.com.
Sapp also didn’t mention former Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Beckles said he’s heard stories that Sapp and Kiffin didn’t get along, but that Sapp and Marinelli always had a great relationship — and that Marinelli contributed to Sapp’s greatness.