Antonio Gates: Shannon Sharpe wants to tarnish what I’ve done

AP

When Chargers tight end Antonio Gates was suspended for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy, his harshest critic was Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe. Gates thinks Sharpe’s criticism was an attempt by Sharpe to protect his own status among the league’s all-time great tight ends.

Sharpe said Gates’s PED use “calls into question everything that he’s ever accomplished.” Gates thinks Sharpe is trying to downgrade him because Gates is only 28 catches and 47 yards away from passing Sharpe for third place among all tight ends in NFL history. Gates said he and Sharpe have been friendly rivals in the past, but now Sharpe is trying to personally attack him as Gates closes in on surpassing his career accomplishments.

“We played against each other, so it wasn’t like he was a teammate of mine or we were the best of friends,” Gates said. “But we do know each other, and it was always competitive in terms of who was the better tight end, I do know that. And we joked about it. We laughed about it. So I guess if he can find a way to tarnish something I think he probably would.”

Gates, who returns from his four-game suspension this week, may be right that Sharpe wants to tarnish Gates’s legacy to maintain Sharpe’s own place on the all-time tight end hierarchy. But Sharpe is perfectly entitled to that opinion. When a player violates the PED policy, he has to understand that his reputation is going to take a hit.

101 responses to “Antonio Gates: Shannon Sharpe wants to tarnish what I’ve done

  1. It is true that Shannon Sharpe is entitled to his opinion. It is also true that Antonio Gates needs to understand his reputation will take a hit. However, that doesn’t mean Gates is wrong in his assessment of Sharpe. The guy is petty and jealous and proves it almost every time he opens his mouth.

  2. Sharpe is a dope but it doesn’t really matter because GRONK is better than both of them combined!

  3. Shannon should worry more about his speaking than Gates passing him up. I can’t understand why NFL radio has him on. I have no idea how anyone can even understand what he is saying. He should write his thoughts down and have someone read it for him.

  4. Doesn’t matter. Gronkowski is going to pass them both. In 14 years, Sharpe caught 62 touchdowns. Gronkowski has caught 58 in 6 years. At this pace he’ll double Sharpe’s production.

  5. Many guys caught for PEDs have not had their rep badly affected. Look at Rodney Harrison who fully admitted to taking HGH. One of the best TV jobs available. I think there’s a pretty good understanding that many players have used PEDs at some point. They only catch so many players with the rules set the way they are. Sharpe’s comments don’t matter much.

  6. Gronk is/will go down as the GOAT at that position, so these two are just fighting for the booby prize.

  7. Gates cant be that stupid can he? Only person trying to tarnish Gates’ accomplishments is the guy shootin needles in his own ass.

  8. Shannon Sharpe may not be the greatest communicator in the world, but he has a clue about the game. Antonio, ask Barry Bonds how he’s treated as “the home run king” – the numbers may have you in the record books, but the Court of Public Opinion can minimize you very quickly.

  9. Not a Chargers fan whatsoever…

    Shannon Sharpe is the second most annoying analyst to ever speak on television, right behind Warren Sapp, and right ahead of Ron Jaworski.

    I’m sure Sharpe never touched an illegal substance in his life either.

  10. ” When a player violates the PED policy, he has to understand that his reputation is going to take a hit. ” or if the player likes his balls deflated after they pass inspection his legacy is going to take a hit.

  11. come on Gates
    you got caught man up and take it
    and btw.. you will never be on Sharpe’s level
    you know why?
    how many rings do you have???
    thats why

  12. I would agree with Gates on this one. Sharpe is also trying to get attention. So glad CBS got rid of him.

  13. While he was with the Broncos, Sharpe was a teammate of Romanowski and several other players who were found to have used banned substances. In addition, they were all spokes models for a bodybuilding magazine and supplement company started by a steroid dealer and published a well-known steroids newsletter and included a magazine column about how to use steroids. At the time, this relationship was not much different than Barry Bonds and BALCO- since BALCO was a legit legal supplement company that sold ZMA and other stuff openly at GNC and used celebrity endorsers. It was well known the company the Broncos associated with was involved in banned substances and sought to expand their business by downplaying that and going after the drug-free bodybuilders and soccer mom dieter types. They still employed steroid gurus and many of the “natural” athletes and bodybuilders they used were found to have used banned substances.

  14. Who tarnished who’s legacy? Sharpe isn’t the one who made Antonio take PEDs. If you get caught cheating of course everything you have accomplished is going to be called into question!!

  15. I always liked Antonio Gates. I never much cared for Shannon Sharpe. But, in this case Sharpe is absolutely correct! Once you’ve been caught cheating in anyway what so ever, everything accomplished prior to that has a right to be questioned.

  16. I’ve always liked Antonio Gates. I never much cared for Shannon Sharpe. But, in this case Sharpe is absolutely correct! Once you’ve been caught cheating in anyway what so ever, everything accomplished prior to that has a right to be questioned.

  17. Newsflash, Gates: getting caught cheating brings everything you’ve done into question, and that’s your own fault. Still love you on my fantasy team, though…

  18. I can’t believe I’m about to say this: Shannon Sharpe is exactly right.

    If you use something that gives you an illegal advantage over your competition, be prepared to take hits like this when you get busted for it…

  19. Of course everything Gates has done is tarnished, he’s been caught cheating.

    We don’t know if Sharp was clean when he played, just that he wasn’t caught.

  20. What’s worse: perhaps knowingly or unknowingly taking PEDs, or vigorously defending a murderer?

    I don’t know how people ever cede the high ground to someone like Shannon Sharpe.

  21. Wow. I thought Gates said that he was entirely responsible for getting caught using PEDs. Now he thinks another person could tarnish his “legacy” by talking about his PED use? I guess Gates “owned it” for about four games. Sad. He should stay quiet. Shannon Sharpe will never stay quiet so Gates should ignore him.

  22. That one comment marbles-in-his-mouth made about it now questioning everything he has ever accomplished, is the only comment I’ve ever heard. That isn’t assassination of character, it’s the truth. Is Sharpe on some crusade against Gates? I haven’t heard him say anything else.

  23. I remember when Mike Vick made his comeback with the Eagles and Shannon Sharpe was on the air and called him ‘the greatest player in the history of the NFL’. Right then was when I stopped listening to anything Sharpe had to say about anything.

  24. Hey Antonio: The fact that this guy who makes us want to swallow our tongues every time he tries to speak is in the HOF is a joke! He wasn’t anything close to a complete player. A Lego could have blocked better than Sharpe. He never threw a block (that I saw) his entire career. You at least block once in a while! I wouldn’t do anything but LOL at anything this self-important little girl has to say about you. Keep piling up the numbers!

  25. Shannon Sharpe’s Denver Broncos loved cheating the salary cap to win those two Super Bowls.

  26. hey you got caught. Its plenty of oythers doping it but you got caught. Deal with it. Tell us what you took and let us decide. Was it a supplement from a vitamin shop or was it a real steroid?

  27. I said the exact same thing when sharpes comments came out a few months ago. Sharpe I have some news for you and it may come as a shock but it’s time you know the truth. The Broncos cheated to win those Super Bowls you had a team that was worth more than the others and decided to pay your stars like elway and maybe even yourself under the table. Sharpe you can question “everything gates has done” when you return your rings for being a cheater. I’m a pats fan so trust me I get sick of people pointing on old cheating stories but there’s this old saying something about people living in glass houses and throwing things

  28. Given sharpes physique and the fact he was a 6th round pick out of a fcs school I doubt he was 100% natural

  29. Quit your crying and by happy that you NFL players who cheat aren’t treated like Lance Armstrong.

  30. Always enjoyed watching Gates play, the man can ball. But about that tarnishing thing, he did that himself

  31. Sharpe was one of the first of the new era tight ends, and he was the best for awhile. Within the next 10 years there will be 15+ TEs that rank ahead of him in every statistical category. That’s a comment on the game itself, but Sharpe will feel that his career accomplishments are being diminished I’m sure.

  32. Here is a great idea Antonio – don’t take PED’s and violate he rules! You violated the rules and gave folks something to talk about crybaby. Sharpe was a much better TE than Gates regardless!

  33. I think they are both right.

    Sharpe is a marble mouthed imbecile who’s moments in the limelight are fast dwindling. He benefitted from being with a team that played fast and loose with the salary cap and got caught cheating in their SB seasons. He has a shaky platform from which to launch his attack.

    Gates has been caught using PED’s and offered a ridiculous defense. His accomplishments are in question because he cheated.

    Great TE’s though. Both HOF worthy.

  34. bullcharger says:
    Oct 8, 2015 7:24 AM
    Many guys caught for PEDs have not had their rep badly affected. Look at Rodney Harrison who fully admitted to taking HGH. One of the best TV jobs available. I think there’s a pretty good understanding that many players have used PEDs at some point. They only catch so many players with the rules set the way they are. Sharpe’s comments don’t matter much.

    ——————————–

    So that’s it huh? The NFL and it’s fans view PEDs as a misdemeanor offense….. yet the NFL spends millions on an investigation into a few footballs with low air pressure only to end up “discovering” the Ideal Gas Law.

  35. Sharpe was freakishly built? Maybe he was riding too?

    I’m also a diehard Broncos fan who has the utmost respect for Senor Gates. I’d say he more likely than not received tainted supplements. But hey, nothing impressive about a guy who only played basketball and not football in college becoming one of the best tight ends to play ever.

    It’s all semantics and a waste of our time. LETS WATCH SOME FOOTBALL!

  36. Sharpe was the better tight end. That being said, he is annoying. Signed, a Bronco Fan

  37. n0hopeleft says:
    Oct 8, 2015 7:33 AM
    Not a Chargers fan whatsoever…

    Shannon Sharpe is the second most annoying analyst to ever speak on television, right behind Warren Sapp, and right ahead of Ron Jaworski.

    I’m sure Sharpe never touched an illegal substance in his life either.
    _____
    AGREED! Well, you could replace “Jaworski” with the name of every human being that works for ESPN (except Herm Edwards) and your statement would still be accurate.

    I too am glad I don’t have to suffer through Shannon Sharpe on the NFL Today anymore.

  38. This all so unimportant! its catching a ball and running… get real… you took PED’s to make you better, I don’t know if Sharpe did and don ‘t care.. It is just a game!!!!

  39. Ok Antonio, let me see if I can translate this into football jargon for you.
    “It’s an unfortunate incident for sure, but hopefully it won’t become a distraction, it is what it is and at the end of the day you gotta do what you do.”
    Ok so now do you get it? Stay away from the juice.

  40. It’s funny when guys fight over second or third best. Gronk will surpass them as the second greatest of all time and Tony Gonzalez will remain the GOAT!

  41. Don’t like either Sharpe or Gates, but Gates isn’t wrong about what he’s saying and I’m sure someone on the 90’s Broncos teams has dirt on Sharpe doing something shady as well. This is the NFL not a nunnery.

  42. In my opinion as an unbiased can of an NFC team with no interest in the Chargers, Gates gets a pass from me.

    As fans we sit around and watch these guys play a brutal game putting thier health on the line all the while rooting for train wreck hits and big exciting plays. Hard to get too down in a guy that seems responsible for making one mistake.

    Gates is absolutely right. Sharpe has always gone just far enough to get under people’s skin when he opens his mouth the. Hell back away and give you the “y u mad, bro?” Look like it was someone else doing the instigating and that is super annoying.

  43. Shannon Sharpe is better than Gates, but he’s not the smartest. He needs to learn to act more like his older brother.

  44. rondonmegatron
    Oct 8, 2015, 11:02 AM EDT
    It’s funny when guys fight over second or third best. Gronk will surpass them as the second greatest of all time and Tony Gonzalez will remain the GOAT!

    granadafan
    Oct 8, 2015, 11:21 AM EDT
    Tony Gonzalez was by far better than all of them.

    ————————————————–

    Gonzo couldn’t sniff Gronks bar skank.

    He was never universally considered to be the greatest offensive weapon in the league. Not even close. Gronk is on another level. Face up.

  45. Sharpe has 3 rings over Gates and Gates is not getting any rings soon and more than likely will end his career without a single Superbowl ring! Sharpe wins!

  46. All things aside, how in the world is Shannon Sharpe an NFL analyst? I change the channel every time that man speaks cause I don’t care to here whatever stupid things come out of his annoying mouth

  47. Gates > Sharpe
    ———————————————————–
    Nope. More like Sharpe>>>Gates. (one greater than sign for each Superbowl ring)

  48. Pats fans make everything about them. It’s awful. If every Pats fan left this earth tomorrow the world would be a better place!! Cheat more!

  49. Gates said he took a supplement that was approved by the NFL for every ingredient listed. Something was in it that was not listed and not approved. He said it was his fault since he could easily have taken it to the Chargers for analysis, found out what was in it, and dumped it. He was not shooting droids up his butt.

  50. Gates cheated. He’s obviously the best tight end to ever get caught using banned substances. Fitting that he plays for the Chargers. They can put a little monument to him in their trophy case, right next to the shelf with all of their Super Bowl trophies.

  51. Gates is delusional. Once you get caught for PEDs your entire career is irrelevant. See Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Barry Bonds.

  52. If you don’t like the backlash from getting caught using PEDs, then don’t get caught using PEDs. Pretty simple really.

  53. Bizzareslantpass says:
    Oct 8, 2015 10:24 AM
    Sharpe was the better tight end. That being said, he is annoying. Signed, a Bronco Fan

    6 11
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    Not even close. sharpe couldnt hold gates jock strap.

  54. dbfan4ever says:
    Oct 8, 2015 11:46 AM
    Gates > Sharpe
    ———————————————————–
    Nope. More like Sharpe>>>Gates. (one greater than sign for each Superbowl ring)

    —————————————
    nope, more like Gates >>>>>>>>>>>**Sharpe
    One asterisk for every SB year they were caught cheating in. team should have those tainted trophies taken away.

  55. stamm321 says:
    Oct 9, 2015 12:38 AM

    dbfan4ever says:
    Oct 8, 2015 11:46 AM
    Gates > Sharpe
    ———————————————————–
    Nope. More like Sharpe>>>Gates. (one greater than sign for each Superbowl ring)

    —————————————
    nope, more like Gates >>>>>>>>>>>**Sharpe
    One asterisk for every SB year they were caught cheating in. team should have those tainted trophies taken away.
    _______________________________

    Sharpe won 3 Super Bowls. One with the Ravens, two with the Broncos.

    Gates was caught using PEDs so his entire career worth of stats has been deemed irrelevant. Better luck with your next tight end, not that bust Green.

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