The NFL still won’t say who provided anonymous information to the league office in connection with the bounty investigation. Not long after the story first landed, the network owned by the NFL had analyst Warren Sapp repeat on the air his Twitter speculation/report that former Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey was the “snitch.”
The incident resulted in Sapp being yanked off the air, along with concerns that he’d never return. Commissioner Roger Goodell also said publicly that Sapp was incorrect, and the powers-that-be reminded Sapp he’s not a reporter, but an analyst.
Appearing on Mike Francesa’s radio show on WFAN, Sapp reiterated his belief that Shockey spoke to the league about the Saints’ alleged bounty system.
“Stick by my source,” Sapp said, adding that he was suspended 30 days by NFLN. “In some of the information that was given to them he’s one of them.”
That’s much different than Shockey being the snitch. Answering questions from the league once the investigation begins is a far cry from affirmatively blowing the whistle.
Sapp already has apologized to Shockey for the initial comment, but Sapp also said at the time that he stands by his source.
Some would say the most prudent move would be to drop it, especially since Sapp ended up getting a second chance with NFLN.