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Warren Sapp jumps on bandwagon of Jadeveon Clowney criticism


NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp is next up in the long line of people to find faults in the work ethic of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

Clowney has been widely criticized for his alleged laziness and lack of work ethic on the field. While he may be the single greatest freak athlete available in next month’s NFL Draft, he has also been one of the most heavily scrutinized.

Sapp continued that onslaught on the NFL Network Monday night.

“My grandfather taught me something a long time ago. He said ‘You will never get more money by doing less work,’” Sapp said, via the Houston Chronicle. ““I look at Jadeveon Clowney’s (game) tape and I don’t see a guy that is playing the game with his hair on fire, making plays, running up and down the field sideline to sideline, doing all of the things.”

“That’s the real issue with me: What else is he doing not waking up?” Sapp added. “The next job you have is rushing the quarterback, young man, getting ready for the NFL. If you wake up every morning and you’re not ready, prepared to go out and do the things you have to be to be a [defensive] end, outside linebacker – a pass rushing specialist – what else is there?”

Whether it’s been unnamed executives, former NFL players or even his college head coach, the criticism of Clowney’s work ethic has been a major talking point after a somewhat disappointing senior season at South Carolina. Sapp hasn’t held back in criticisms of other players in the past. Apparently, Clowney is no different.

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73 Responses to “Warren Sapp jumps on bandwagon of Jadeveon Clowney criticism”
  1. jayniner says: Apr 22, 2014 1:42 AM

    Warren is jealous of Clowney’s work ethic….LOL.

  2. bornahawker says: Apr 22, 2014 1:44 AM

    Sapp is broke and clowney is just about to be loaded. Sour grapes from a guy I respected until he started flapping his trap on tv

  3. rodvmunchiii says: Apr 22, 2014 1:47 AM

    Maybe Sapp and company can talk him into sliding all the way to the Bucs.

  4. jirehj says: Apr 22, 2014 1:48 AM

    Sapp really talks the most crap. For god sakes he said the Cardinals didn’t have an elite defense.

  5. mrgroovesd says: Apr 22, 2014 1:56 AM

    Usually I would say shut up to the criticism but with Sapp, he’s played the game, is a super bowl champ, multi pro-bowler and HOFer…so I give it Sapp to know what he’s talking about. Carry on…

  6. chicagosports2014 says: Apr 22, 2014 2:08 AM

    I bet money Sapp would take Clowney if he was a GM with the #1 pick.

  7. raiders85 says: Apr 22, 2014 2:32 AM

    If he jumps on it’s bankrupt over rated and has 4flats

  8. softhelmet says: Apr 22, 2014 2:34 AM

    This is pretty rich coming from the dedicated “Me First” Mr. Sapp!

  9. Maurice Barksdale says: Apr 22, 2014 2:36 AM

    Jadeveon Clowney was in the unique position that he would have been the number one pick in the 2013 draft if he’d been able to come out. So coming into the 2014 season he had nothing to prove. It’s not that hard to understand.

    He didn’t need to play like his hair was on fire, as it wouldn’t have boosted his stock much, and it could have gotten him seriously injured. All Clowney needed to do was stay healthy and do just enough to keep his stock high, in order to cash in a winning lottery ticket he’d held onto for an entire year.

    Why should Clowney have risked a big pay day by going all out playing in college for no compensation? It makes no sense.

  10. xinellum says: Apr 22, 2014 2:39 AM

    Well if Sapp is as accurate about Clowney as he was about Strahan then I think we shouldn’t care what he says. Sapp studied the Skip Bayless trashing journalism style and he is more interested in getting his name out than getting the truth out. Whether he is right or not has nothing to do with the fact he worked all week on his insults and wore out colloquialisms and his rant was as practiced as an inaugural speech and just as relevant.

  11. bworacle says: Apr 22, 2014 2:54 AM

    3 sacks against college players has to be a huge RED FLAG.

  12. hyzers says: Apr 22, 2014 2:57 AM

    No one lives up to Sapp’s standards except himself.

  13. nashvilletrojan says: Apr 22, 2014 3:00 AM

    Hmmmm….Maybe more of an extreme “problem child” than Clowney, but I look back at 2012 and remember Vontaze Burfict had a few issues. A sure first rounder early on, he went undrafted.

    What did he do in 2013? Only got his head together and led the NFL in tackles (171) and was a pro bowler. Give the kid a break Sapp……

  14. staffordsyear says: Apr 22, 2014 3:26 AM

    Yea and he found “faults” in Suhs game..Suh has made 3 pro bowls in his 4 years of NFL play. Nothing to see here.

  15. rg3sus says: Apr 22, 2014 3:31 AM

    First off, I can’t take Sapp seriously any time the word “money” is used considering he made 8 figures a year and is now broke. Next, I found that series of comments from Sapp difficult to follow and can’t decide if it’s bad writing or if Sapp was just really hard to transcribe.

  16. drwbrsdmndsnxplntn says: Apr 22, 2014 3:34 AM

    I hope everyone is either wrong about his work ethic, or he matures into a young man who lives up to his potential for his own behalf. He has a certain “monster under your bed” thing going on and almost every QB will feel his presence…if he applies himself. He’s still just a kid so obviously we don’t need to be passing judgement on who he will be by the time he has the opportunity for his first mega-contract. I just feel as if it would be a shame if he just doesn’t have the heart, ala Todd Marinovich. But, it’s his God-given talent to squander so I am in no place to judge, it’s his if he wants it.

  17. arrogantnation says: Apr 22, 2014 4:00 AM

    Warren Sapp is a hack

  18. asw1028 says: Apr 22, 2014 4:12 AM

    “You will never get more money by doing less work”

    “Are you sure about that?” -JaMarcus Russell

  19. joetoronto says: Apr 22, 2014 4:21 AM

    Of all the people….

    Sapp took the big payday in Oakland and proceeded to do nothing.

    What a massive windbag loser this guy is.

  20. tuberippin says: Apr 22, 2014 4:41 AM

    Warren Sapp criticizing the work ethic of other defensive players?

    The irony…it’s too much.

  21. sean987 says: Apr 22, 2014 5:36 AM

    More fuel to the fire. I’d draft him just for his motivation to prove these doubters wrong…

  22. omniscient48 says: Apr 22, 2014 6:09 AM

    This will make him the #1 pick for sure.

  23. erock27 says: Apr 22, 2014 6:25 AM

    All these critics and analyst made clowney the topic of this draft , made him into the spectacle he is today and now they are attacking him for it. If hes not everything yous hyped him up for . Its urs to blame

  24. boobsanders says: Apr 22, 2014 6:30 AM

    Can this man please be quiet for once? Is his job just putting everyone else down? It seems like he never has any good thing to say about anybody.

    Clowney’s job is to rush the QB, that’s right. And that’s what he’s been doing for years at the highest possible level. To the point where he’s facing triple and sometimes even quadruple teams if you watch the tape. It might appear that he doesn’t give 100% effort when he’s got 3 or 4 guys on him and he sees no point in going hard that play because it’s pretty much pointless since he’s not gonna be able to get to the QB, but that doesn’t mean he’s lazy or he doesn’t have any passion.

    I’m not a Clowney fanatic, I don’t know how he will end up, but to say based on the fact that he doesn’t go 110% on every down in college that means he’s gonna be a bust is ridiculous. They said the same thing about Ngata when he came out and we all know how he turned out for the Ravens.

    Sapp always comes off jealous. He never liked those young talents coming out of college that got paid big bucks, he always treated them like dirt when he was in Tampa, he had no respect for them. He never has any respect for anybody that is on his level if that guy is getting more credit. See Strahan. He was cool with Strahan when Sapp was the man, when he had the ring, when he was the Hall Of Famer. Once Strahan caught up to him with the sack record, the ring and the HOF induction all of a sudden this guy just starts trashing him. And then he always apologizes in the end. He did it with Keyshawn, with Strahan, and so on.

    I’ve got no respect for Warren, he’s just not a good person.

  25. pftbro says: Apr 22, 2014 6:35 AM

    Sapp was a lazy, fat, pot-smoking, bum when he came out of college. If Sam Wyche hadn’t given him a chance he would have been a late round pick. He has no room to criticize anyone…

  26. nokoolaidcowboy says: Apr 22, 2014 6:44 AM

    Warren’s last name says it all.

  27. bostonfrogs says: Apr 22, 2014 6:48 AM

    Hmm…I wonder if Sapp remembers how it feels to be unfairly criticized right before the draft? Guess not.

  28. ibreathefootball says: Apr 22, 2014 6:53 AM

    All that Warren Sapp cares about is recording a sack, he thinks that makes you the greatest. Being a flamingo vs. the run game, he doesn’t care about that kind of stuff.

  29. jwaggen says: Apr 22, 2014 7:00 AM

    I have to admit this concerns me. I live in Houston and when I see JJ Watt huffing and puffing on the field and then giving it everything he’s got on the next play, and the next, and the next I just assume Clowney would do the same. But the truth is, almost nobody can perform like JJ.
    So how far off would Clowney be? and how would JJ react to somebody coming in and not giving anywhere near what he gives? That’s a big question!!

  30. mymanmccoy says: Apr 22, 2014 7:06 AM

    Typically I’m ready to throw sapp under the bus, but my concern becomes whether or not he’d actually fit under that bus.

  31. hakunamangata says: Apr 22, 2014 7:11 AM

    I agree wholeheardidly.

    You can’t explain to me how someone that strong, that fast and that athletic only has three sacks to show his junior season.

    Don’t even say because he was triple teamed, he wasn’t.

    Don’t say he was double teamed, he wasn’t. Even if he had been javon kearse, Terrell Suggs, Demarcus ware, Von miller and Julius peppers were also double teamed in college but still got to the qb because they were being double teamed by two guys playing arena football at best now.

    Fact is he took this year off and if that’s the kind of guy you want on your team cool, but I was never a fan of a person who just quits when the timing suits them.

  32. ceejayb says: Apr 22, 2014 7:21 AM

    If this clown spent more time WORKING on a budget and not spending every penny he ever made, instead of dogging a prospect, he might be in a better spot. Warren Sapp was always, and will forever be all about himself.

  33. rg3andthensome says: Apr 22, 2014 7:29 AM

    I have never actually seen Clowney play…Does he play?

  34. BigBlueDomination2014 says: Apr 22, 2014 7:34 AM

    Someone in the top 5 will end up taking Clowney, but i don’t think it should be Houston, he doesn’t fit in a 3-4 scheme, they’re better off with Mack or trading down, Daniel Jeremiah was saying on path to the draft to draft Clowney and then change your entire defense to suit him…i now see why he doesn’t work for an NFL team anymore.

  35. pologroundsvet says: Apr 22, 2014 7:34 AM

    Wasn’t Warren the Sapp also the guy who said Michael Strahan does not belong in the HOF? I’d consider his knock an endorsement.

  36. hugeredskinsfan says: Apr 22, 2014 7:37 AM

    The most underrated factor is coaching. If he goes somewhere where the defensive line coach is motivating and demands hard work, he will be just fine.

    He can’t go somewhere where they let him just be himself. He really has the chance to do something great with the right mentoring.

  37. rutchaser says: Apr 22, 2014 7:40 AM

    He may have a good point but I don’t care about anything Sapp has to say. Still can’t believe they want him on the network.

  38. leroysbutler says: Apr 22, 2014 7:42 AM


  39. 1heatedtoombrayduh says: Apr 22, 2014 7:43 AM

    If Warren Sapp thinks drafting Clowney is a bad idea…then maybe drafting him is the greatest idea ever.

  40. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Apr 22, 2014 7:43 AM

    Perhaps unfair. Just my ignorance in asking, but was Steve Spurrier well known for his “work ethic”.

  41. bostonian13 says: Apr 22, 2014 7:48 AM

    Man, I’m starting to hope this kid has a JJ WATT type rookie season.

  42. mpoles says: Apr 22, 2014 7:51 AM

    Warren Sapp has never seen a bandwagon he didn’t jump on.

  43. ctiggs says: Apr 22, 2014 7:58 AM

    Well if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and talks like a duck………………

  44. vicksprman says: Apr 22, 2014 8:03 AM

    After seeing what happened to Marcus Lattimore the year before playing for free, I don’t know how much I would have been playing with my hair on fire either.

  45. logicalvoicesinmyhead says: Apr 22, 2014 8:06 AM

    Warren Sapp was a very disruptive player. I think he knows what he is talking about. I remember when the Eagles passed him over for Mike “The Combine Kid” Mamula. Warren then made us pay for that mistake over and over and over again.

  46. stupadassle26 says: Apr 22, 2014 8:08 AM

    Shut up sapp. Nobody cares what u think

  47. heathn09 says: Apr 22, 2014 8:09 AM

    “Jadaveon Clowney is old and slow.” -Warren Sapp

  48. melikefootball says: Apr 22, 2014 8:21 AM

    Sapp saying anything deserves no comment. Ops I did comment.

  49. dolfan4ever says: Apr 22, 2014 8:24 AM

    Sapp critisizes everyone thats “better” than him…Clowney didnt get his job because the “Rock” got hurt, He got his job because hes good at what he does. The funny thing is he’s better than you even when hes lazy so get off your high horse because you have that gold jacket that you shouldnt even wear…cuz in 20 yrs Clowney will be wearing it so keep it clean!!!

  50. robuff716 says: Apr 22, 2014 8:31 AM

    No matter what is said…Clowney will still get drafted…he’ll still make millions of dollars and the NFL will continue on if he flops

  51. oldbyrd says: Apr 22, 2014 8:34 AM

    Who ever gets him, won’t let him be lazy. Not to mention the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ he’s gonna make.

  52. braven4evr says: Apr 22, 2014 8:35 AM

    This guy just won’t shut up!

  53. itsnotforme says: Apr 22, 2014 8:41 AM

    That surprises me that Sapp would throw another player under the bus. NOT

  54. titansbro says: Apr 22, 2014 8:42 AM

    I hate Warren Sapp. Great player, lousy analyst, & downright unlikable as a human being. Why again do people keep hiring him?

  55. chargrz says: Apr 22, 2014 8:47 AM

    Yet he is still going to be the first pick. Go figure!No thnx if i was the GM.

  56. fordmandalay says: Apr 22, 2014 8:47 AM

    And the bandwagon immediately collapsed.

  57. dexterismyhero says: Apr 22, 2014 8:49 AM

    Shut up Sapp!

  58. chunkala says: Apr 22, 2014 8:50 AM

    We’ll have an answer on this guy in the next 2 years.
    Maybe he just toned it down last year to avoid injury.

  59. razzlejag says: Apr 22, 2014 8:51 AM

    The guy (Sapp) is kind of a blowhard but there’s enough of this around Clowney to give a GM pause (of course, he’ll do his own evaluation unlike a foolish fan like me).

    Would you draft this guy? What will he be like AFTER they show him the money?

  60. fleaman1381 says: Apr 22, 2014 8:54 AM

    I’m actually surprised it’s taken this long for Sapp to chime in. Wait, no I’m not. He had to wait and make sure it was still the popular opinion.

  61. wrongowright says: Apr 22, 2014 8:58 AM

    If Clowney drops in the draft, he could ask Sapp for advice on how to handle that feeling. So tired of Sapp and his ranting.

  62. skimbell says: Apr 22, 2014 8:58 AM

    Lighten up Warren. Nobody’s perfect. Ask Chad Clifton what he thinks of your work ethic.

  63. gbmickey says: Apr 22, 2014 8:58 AM

    Isnt this the same bankrupt dope who failed a drug test before the draft? Sapp needs to just go away.

  64. CKL says: Apr 22, 2014 9:16 AM

    Sapp’s grandpa obviously never met Albert Haynesworth.

  65. rayguyreturns says: Apr 22, 2014 9:41 AM

    Says the guy who did nothing but cash his checks while in Oakland.

  66. jacobslatter says: Apr 22, 2014 9:54 AM

    I bet if Clowney does The Pogo Stick dance on his first sack & sees time at RB on goal line situations on offense Sapp will change his tune.

  67. htowntexan says: Apr 22, 2014 10:16 AM

    3 sacks last year. Enough said. The guy is either lazy or no good. This cannot reasonably be in debate.

  68. FinFan68 says: Apr 22, 2014 10:32 AM

    Too much innuendo for there to be nothing to it. I expect to see a very good player until a big contract gets signed. Don’t look for quick injury recovery from this kid either.

  69. djlexluger says: Apr 22, 2014 10:45 AM

    None of us work in NFL front offices or can see the future so how about we just let this play out and revisit this in say 2-3 years.

  70. raiderspy1 says: Apr 22, 2014 12:34 PM

    First off I’m not judging, I’m warning. Take a look at his pro day tape (start to finish without the volume up). He is running 3 to 10 second drills, with 3 to 8 minutes in between. He is not running continuous and he his gassed before its even over. At one point, he his in front of a coach, bent over, breathing hard, and looking down, and the coach is waiting on him so he can give him directions on the drill. Now the other guys performing at the pro day weren’t even breathing hard. If you take this guy and allow him to not practice hard, you build up resentment with the other players. Not worth the trouble. He needs a wakeup call and maybe falling will wake him up, but probably not.

  71. jimmypx says: Apr 22, 2014 1:08 PM

    I think that Clowney has Albert Haynesworth Jr all over him—great talent, bad work ethic. He can have all of the excuses in the World, but he took last season off and that’s a MASSIVE red flag. When you sign him and give him millions of dollars–do you think that he’ll work hard ??? I don’t.

  72. raiderapologist says: Apr 22, 2014 4:07 PM

    If Clowney was a ‘Cane, Sapp would probably be slobbering all over him.

  73. espnfeedback says: Apr 22, 2014 10:49 PM

    steve spurrier is responsible
    for opening this door
    ….sapp is just latest to walk through it…

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