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Sapp asks Strahan, “Please forgive me”

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Hall of Famer Warren Sapp said last week that Michael Strahan does not deserve to join him in Canton, inciting a war of words between the two of them. But after Strahan was elected to the Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sapp apologized.

Sapp said today on NFL Network that he approached Strahan on Saturday night and asked for forgiveness.

“I saw Michael Strahan last night,” Sapp said. “I grabbed him and hugged him and wouldn’t let him go. I said, ‘Please forgive me.’”

Sapp and Strahan have disliked each other since both were active players, and it’s doubtful they’re ever going to be buddies. But they’ll always be fellow Hall of Famers, and Sapp may have taken a small step toward burying the hatchet.

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82 Responses to “Sapp asks Strahan, “Please forgive me””
  1. overdrive92 says: Feb 2, 2014 1:48 PM

    Finally something that’s not 100% garbage coming out of Sapp’s mouth.

  2. coachjohnharbaugh says: Feb 2, 2014 1:48 PM

    the baltimore ravens are the reigning, undisputed champions of the world #yessss

  3. rockyburnette says: Feb 2, 2014 1:49 PM

    Strong move, very well done Sapp.

  4. deidunx says: Feb 2, 2014 1:51 PM

    This guys appeared on a weekly show together way back then and seemed pretty amicable. What happened?

  5. dbones750 says: Feb 2, 2014 1:51 PM

    Strahan > sapp

  6. thingamajig says: Feb 2, 2014 1:51 PM

    Small is right.

  7. backdapack4evr says: Feb 2, 2014 1:54 PM

    Takes a big man to do that!!
    Respect restored!!

  8. billb09 says: Feb 2, 2014 1:55 PM

    Sapp is just that a “Sap”

  9. jaughe71 says: Feb 2, 2014 1:57 PM

    I’m assuming Sapp asked to borrow $2000 immediately asking for forgiveness.

  10. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Feb 2, 2014 1:58 PM

    Somebody finally gave Sapp the, “You don’t need to make others feel small to enlarge yourself” lesson that Sherman just learned.

    They’re not really sorry in any sincere way. Sapp and Sherman are truly sorry — they just had third parties come down on them to such an extent that an apology is in THEIR OWN BEST INTERESTS.

  11. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Feb 2, 2014 2:00 PM

    The Vikings are about to dominate the NFL for years to come, and that is all Sapp and Strahan will be able to talk about. Their friendship will light up at their mutual admiration of the Vikings’ unrivaled greatness.

  12. wishingtonredslur says: Feb 2, 2014 2:00 PM

    I haven’t seen a man covered with that much sap since I went to the pioneer village and watched them make maple syrup. I haven’t scene a man covered with that much sap since I walked into the clown dressing room at the circus.

  13. realfootballfan says: Feb 2, 2014 2:00 PM

    Can you say, nutjob?

  14. tmcb7 says: Feb 2, 2014 2:02 PM

    At least he thought AFTER he spoke.
    Well done Sapp. You needed to do that.

  15. pattunya says: Feb 2, 2014 2:03 PM

    Get a room you two!!

  16. hurricanegrabowski says: Feb 2, 2014 2:04 PM

    So Sapp did all that to get people to talk about him. That does not sound like Warren Sapp. At all.

  17. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 2, 2014 2:05 PM

    Strahan said “Yeah, yeah, whatever.”, then wiped the spittle off of his sports jacket.

  18. datageek94 says: Feb 2, 2014 2:06 PM

    Warren – very good move. A hug, and an apology, not a small move. A very important one. Thanks.

  19. pksoze says: Feb 2, 2014 2:09 PM

    Looks like his bosses at the NFL network told him to cut the crap.

  20. jpb12 says: Feb 2, 2014 2:10 PM

    I guess he figured we all needed to talk about Warren Sapp. Classy as usual.

  21. thegreatsantini56 says: Feb 2, 2014 2:12 PM

    Sapp seems to get a “weed up his butt” about certain people from time to time. The year the Panther’s went to the Super Bowl he referred to Brentson Buckner and Kris Jenkins as “garbage” players. Congratulations to Michael Strahan.

  22. ttommytom says: Feb 2, 2014 2:13 PM

    Someone whispered in his ear. Something about keeping your day job.

    Not to mention Brooks induction means Sapp will be there in the front row and HE becomes a story on a day he should not be one.

    Smart move by Sapp, for once…

  23. hjb99992013 says: Feb 2, 2014 2:13 PM

    maybe Warren wants to hit Mike up for a loan now

  24. rubicon202 says: Feb 2, 2014 2:14 PM

    Bi polar = Warren Sapp

  25. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 2, 2014 2:15 PM

    So, what did Strahan say back?

  26. footballchic777 says: Feb 2, 2014 2:16 PM

    Forgiveness is given when sincerity is involved……not trying to cover ones butt for being a fool. Strahan doesn’t need you Sapp…..but I bet you need him. I am guessing you got a little backlash from your big mouth….AGAIN!

  27. buffaloviking says: Feb 2, 2014 2:18 PM

    Loser!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. badmoonrison says: Feb 2, 2014 2:18 PM

    I would have never guessed Sapp had the guts to admit he was wrong for once in his life. Im literally shocked. Of course its possible he was afraid Mike would punch his lights out so he caved and apologized. Hopefully Sapp learns from this and stops acting like a 12 year old.

  29. buffaloviking says: Feb 2, 2014 2:19 PM

    After watching the morning shows. Send Sapp, Irvin, and Dilfer down the road. Sapp can drive.

  30. carlsbadboltfan says: Feb 2, 2014 2:19 PM

    Guess nothing removes the “foot in your mouth” taste like an apology.

  31. matt2calvin says: Feb 2, 2014 2:20 PM

    I know where I’d like Strahan to “bury the hatchet”…

    Sap is all mouth, no brains.

  32. remyje says: Feb 2, 2014 2:24 PM

    This makes Sapp even cornier

  33. vegaskid21 says: Feb 2, 2014 2:26 PM

    I can’t wait to read the comments on this. But that fat slug have it!

  34. rickyspanish says: Feb 2, 2014 2:27 PM

    Good, this whole thing was weird.

  35. gergie1957 says: Feb 2, 2014 2:29 PM

    Sapp needs to shut his big fat Yapper.

  36. carl lafong says: Feb 2, 2014 2:30 PM

    Come on! If Strahan didn’t make it yesterday, then you know Sapp would have been ragging on him. Cheap loser stunt.

  37. ravensfranzy says: Feb 2, 2014 2:31 PM

    Never like Sapp, but like what he did.

  38. arcross12042004scorp15 says: Feb 2, 2014 2:31 PM

    You have to note that the game has evolved and also respect the process and tradition. Andre Reed was 2nd in catches and 3rd in yardage at one time. This was in Buffalo , No Dome, No Florida Sunshine . DB’s could take your head off and DL could drive your QB into the ground. Rule changes have opened up the passing game. Tim Brown and Marvin Harrison both deserve to be in the HOF. They will have to wait their turn as Art Monk and Reed did. Any one who says Reed doesn’t deserve to get in never saw him play. In the mean time with ” defenseless receiver calls” & protecting the QB etc other Receivers will pass Harrison & Brown’s numbers. They will still deserve to get in . It is not a coincidence that all of the passing/receiving records are being broken after the rules changed.

  39. fordmandalay says: Feb 2, 2014 2:31 PM

    Clearly the NFL Network must have threatened to fire him.

  40. johnnycantread says: Feb 2, 2014 2:32 PM

    Sapp could spend a lot of time complaining about other players who are already in the HOF who are less deserving than Strahan.

    Two at the top of the undeserving list: Joe Namath and Lynn Swann

  41. weaselpuppy says: Feb 2, 2014 2:33 PM

    Sapp is just one more clownish 12 year old from the Florida Felon Football Factories. Shuck and jive, run your trap 24/7, self obsessive punks.

  42. warhammer420 says: Feb 2, 2014 2:33 PM

    Bipolar much?

  43. chiadam says: Feb 2, 2014 2:34 PM

    Awkward.

  44. favrewillplay4ever says: Feb 2, 2014 2:41 PM

    Hopefully for the rest of us, Strahan buried the hatchet. Right in Warren’s big gullet!

  45. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Feb 2, 2014 2:42 PM

    Somebody finally gave Sapp the, “You don’t need to make others feel small to enlarge yourself” lesson that Sherman just learned.

    They’re not really sorry in any sincere way. Sapp and Sherman are truly sorry — they just had third parties come down on them to such an extent that an apology is in THEIR OWN BEST INTERESTS.

  46. justintuckrule says: Feb 2, 2014 2:42 PM

    They omitted the first part of the story where strahan was hitting sapp with sapps own hands… Like when a big brother is picking on his little bro

  47. fdugrad says: Feb 2, 2014 2:43 PM

    Sapp should not have needed to apologize, due to the fact, he should have realized, as did EVERY person who is even a CASUAL follower of The NFL, that MS was ABSOLUTELY going to be enshrined, regardless what the oafish Sapp thought. He is supposed to be a paid commentator, and as such, his knowledge of the careers of the nominees should drive his opinions, not his personal feelings. At this point he not only appears petty, he also comes across as unknowledgeable. How does this simp stay employed is a deeper question than whether
    the former Giant great was going to be a HOF member.

  48. blynch67 says: Feb 2, 2014 2:48 PM

    I really object to the way Sapp jumped into Strahan’s HOF election day. He did it for purely selfish reasons, namely, to get his mug on TV and in news reports.

    If Mike didn’t get elected today Sapp would have a whole lot of “I told ya he wasn’t good enough” BS, and now that he did get elected, Sapp drops one of those ‘hug it out – I’m sorry’ deals on him. And he is in the media again, and I’m reading here that some people think it’s a ‘Big Move’ on Sapp’s part.

    Baloney! He’s just grabbing attention, again, at the expense of Mike. Mike should have punched Sapp out for being the attention grabbing douche that he is, and ruining his election day.

  49. stairwayto7 says: Feb 2, 2014 2:48 PM

    Strahan should have punched him in the mouth and walked away!

  50. charmcitychampions says: Feb 2, 2014 2:50 PM

    Sapp was 100% correct in his assessment though. Strahan is not so special to deserve enshrinement imo. But he’s there, as is Reed, who also was just a guy who played very well for a long time. Being very good for many years should not be a reason to let someone in. Hall of Fame lowered the bar with those 2 imo. Big time.

  51. 3yardsndust says: Feb 2, 2014 2:55 PM

    Shouldn’t Sapp be a broken-down crackhead living under an overpass by now?

  52. chawk12thman says: Feb 2, 2014 2:56 PM

    He had no other option……………..

    Notice that there wasn’t a camera shot of Sapp’s reaction when Mike was introduced as going into the H.O.F. on T.V. like they did for some of the other intros……I was looking for that shot and it never came…….

  53. swesson57 says: Feb 2, 2014 2:58 PM

    I don’t have a dog in this fight since I’m not a fan of any of these teams either one of these guys ever played for. IMO Strahan is more worthy of the HOF than Sapp ever was. Congrats Michael, it’s well deserved.

  54. nokoolaidcowboy says: Feb 2, 2014 2:58 PM

    Now that this is taken care…

    NEXT!

    …awaiting next piece of garbage to come out of Sapp’s mouth.

  55. hawkforlife says: Feb 2, 2014 3:00 PM

    So apologize on air where you trashed him.

  56. craigkintexas says: Feb 2, 2014 3:04 PM

    Don’t know what the rub is/was between them, but I’m glad Sapp made amends to Strahan. Growing up in public is hard to do sometimes.

  57. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Feb 2, 2014 3:05 PM

    I think Sapp may have flushed his career down the crapper

  58. trollaikman8 says: Feb 2, 2014 3:10 PM

    Warren Sapp to IRS:

    “Please forgive me”

  59. green41563 says: Feb 2, 2014 3:15 PM

    Sapp didn’t kill anyone. He spoke out of turn. No one was harmed by it, and he apologized.

    That’s enough for me.

  60. promickey says: Feb 2, 2014 3:15 PM

    My guess is Sapp recently changed his medication. I hope Warren shuts up now but I doubt it.

  61. raider8er says: Feb 2, 2014 3:15 PM

    Good for you, Warren. Glad somebody got your ear.

  62. ez4u2sa says: Feb 2, 2014 3:24 PM

    Sapp is a world class idiot.

  63. drasarp says: Feb 2, 2014 3:57 PM

    Sorry to disagree, but Sapp was selfish and thinking only of himself. He asked Strahan to “Please forgive me.” which is self-serving. “Please for give me” is not an apology! He wanted forgiveness for himself and for his slanderous comments about Michael. That is far different from apologizing.

    Had Sapp really wanted to apologize, had he been sincerely sorry, he would have said: “Michael, I am deeply sorry I disrespected you. I’m sorry for having said you shouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame. I’m very pleased for you that you’ve been inducted into it. You earned it and you deserve it. I apologize for saying you did not.”

    That is an apology. Asking for Strahan’s forgiveness is not.

  64. Fantasy Football Consultant says: Feb 2, 2014 4:00 PM

    He said oh chit Strahans here I better say I’m sorry before I get socked

  65. robyesno says: Feb 2, 2014 4:04 PM

    The apology could be from sincere repentance; OR, it could just be heat from the hot mess he created.

  66. bigbluefan1 says: Feb 2, 2014 4:15 PM

    why does anyone think Mike Strahan cares what Warren Sapp has to say about anything.

    One of them played on one of the most storied teams in the NFL while the other played on a team that could not sell out a playoff game.

    One left the game and became a Media star the other a typical down on his luck idiot.

    One is greated as he walks the streets of the biggest city in the world the other does not get a hello out side of the drive up at Micky D.

    One is flush with cash the other can not afford to flush.

    And of course Sapp knew if he did not shut up Mike would have kicked his butt in Canton

  67. unitasftw says: Feb 2, 2014 4:15 PM

    Von miller would beat up both of them

  68. alshonbrandontandem says: Feb 2, 2014 4:19 PM

    William The Refrigerator Perry > Sapp & Strahan

  69. zenrooster says: Feb 2, 2014 4:21 PM

    Good things happen when egos are suppressed. Anywhere. Anytime.

  70. lks311 says: Feb 2, 2014 4:29 PM

    The question that should be asked is, if Strahan had not got in, would we has seen this from Warren? Sapp realized he was on the wrong side of history and did a quick mea culpa.

    End of Story.

  71. kerzondax says: Feb 2, 2014 4:30 PM

    Not a Sapp fan particularly but this was a class move. Good for him. Class move.

  72. hess97 says: Feb 2, 2014 4:51 PM

    I’ll take BRYANT YOUNG over either of these two.

  73. Frazier28/7 says: Feb 2, 2014 4:59 PM

    Warren Sapp does not belond, Derek Brooks does.

  74. gjdodger2 says: Feb 2, 2014 5:10 PM

    Sapp also said, if Strahan denies I apologized to him, he’s lying. It sounds like Sapp’s definition of an apology may be different than Strahan’s, or mine, or Noah Webster’s.

  75. akboot says: Feb 2, 2014 5:11 PM

    Good move sapp. Now just prove to everyone that you mean what you say and stay classy.

  76. tedchaough says: Feb 2, 2014 5:44 PM

    Merlin Olsen was better than both of them…..

  77. FlashPatterson says: Feb 2, 2014 5:48 PM

    You can tell he really meant it because he mentioned it on TV. Don’t forgive him Strahan, he’s just doing it for the cameras.

  78. veence69 says: Feb 2, 2014 5:57 PM

    No more division. Let’s treat each other with respect for a while and see how that works. If it’s worse than it is now, then we’ll go back to being shhtty towards one another. But for right now, let’s see what we can accomplish.

  79. lennymoorerules says: Feb 2, 2014 6:19 PM

    Let there be peace :)

  80. oakraid says: Feb 2, 2014 6:32 PM

    Undoubtedly, Strahan had a donut in his pocket pre-hug and said donut was missing post-hug.

  81. albanyjints says: Feb 2, 2014 10:12 PM

    Still an idiot. Shut up and go away.

  82. aciraci says: Feb 3, 2014 9:00 AM

    His apology (if it ever really happened…no confirmation from Strahan yet) was about as sincere as his criticism was credible.

    Sapp is a bum, and he knows it deep down. That’s the core of the problem.

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