As the Seahawks prepare to take on the Broncos, a couple of retired defensive players continue to square off via the media.
Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp got it rolling earlier this week, reiterating his belief that former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame. Strahan replied, calling Sapp a coward for not addressing the situation directly with Strahan.
Now, Sapp has chimed in, again.
“I can’t make a man respect me, but I will stop him from disrespecting me — I tell you that,” Sapp told Newsday on Wednesday evening. “It was about his resume; I wasn’t talking about the man. . . . I don’t understand. He still can’t rush that right end. Three years, 12 sacks!”
Sapp reiterated his position that he didn’t make it personal about Straham in comments to Jim Rome. By of course making it personal.
“He took it to a level that it didn’t need to be,” Sapp told Rome. “I was just talking about his resume. I didn’t say anything about his gap tooth or his ‘S’ words or his ‘F’ words that I don’t understand. What the hell he is saying? So if he wants to go personal we can go personal, but I was just stacking his resume against the class.”
Sapp also took offense with the notion that he’s a coward.
“Pick the spot and I’ll come see you and you can have a dose of it,” Sapp said. “If you think that’s what it is, pick the spot and I’ll come see you.”
Others have given Sapp a dose of it. Former Giants and current Falcons defensive end Osi Umenyiora called Sapp an “idiot.” Retired NFL quarterback and current broadcaster Boomer Esiason called Sapp an “embarrassment.”
In the end, Sapp remains a Jekyll-and-Hyde personality who can turn on the charm and then, often without warning, turn on a dime and become a bully.