Warren Sapp admits giving sex toys to co-workers

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Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp has broken his silence regarding sexual harassment allegations made in the wake of words and behavior from Sapp and others who are or were employed by NFL Network. He probably should have remained silent.

Sapp appeared Wednesday in studio on WINZ radio to address allegations of sexual harassment. And Sapp clearly doesn’t understand what the term means.

“I’m still tying to figure out where’s the sexual harassment?” Sapp said, via A.J. Perez of USA Today. (The full audio is posted here.)

Sapp admitted to giving sex toys (although he claims they aren’t sex toys) as Christmas gifts to female colleagues, but he claims that the devices were obtained only after they were mentioned by a couple of makeup artists. Sapp reportedly didn’t say whether the plaintiff in the lawsuit, Jami Cantor, had mentioned or requested the device.

“We were sitting there around Christmas time and everybody brought a Christmas gift, a little holiday joy for everybody,” Sapp said. “So my man had made a little novelty thing that looked like mascara, eyeliner and different things. Little toys for ladies that move around a little bit. I showed them pictures and [the makeup artists] said bring me some, so I brought them some for the makeup ladies.”

Sapp sees no problem with giving sex toys to colleagues, insisting that there was nothing sexual about sex toys that he doesn’t regard as sex toys. (He later doubled down on his Twitter page, calling the devices “cute.”)

“Where is the harassment at?” Sapp said on WINZ. “I’m the notorious one. I’m always the bad guy. That’s why I’m in here today. Ain’t no #metoo, nothing. No sexual harassment. You are not going to put that on me.”

He clearly doesn’t understand what sexual harassment is. Sexual harassment doesn’t arise only from seeking out sexual favors from a subordinate employee. Sexual harassment also can arise from words or actions of a sexual nature that are deemed to be offensive by co-workers who are subjected to them.

The core question for the purposes of Cantor’s lawsuit will be whether she actually viewed the conduct as offensive. To make that argument, however, the NFL will have to admit that some or all of the alleged conduct occurred, and hope that a jury can be persuaded that Cantor had no problem with it.

While possibly a winning strategy in court, it’s a horrible look for the NFL, since it creates the impression of unprofessional, inappropriate workplace conduct that apparently went unchecked for an extended period of time. Given Sapp’s admission regarding giving non-sex-toy-sex-toys to female colleagues, the NFL’s best (only) approach may be to admit that a frat house mentality existed, and that Cantor didn’t have a problem with it until she was fired.

Meanwhile, as to the question of whether Sapp urinated in front of Cantor, whose office apparently was in the same location as Arthur Fonzarelli’s, Sapp strongly denied that he peed in her presence. Although he otherwise confirmed much of the claim.

“I didn’t pee in front of my wife and I was married to her for nine years,” Sapp said. “It’s just not something you [do]. What is that about? It’s not cute. It’s not sexual. It’s not something you want to see. Last time I checked, if you ate some asparagus, it might stink.”

Good one, Warren. Almost as good as the comment about CTE, made when you said there was nothing “memorable” about your recent conversation with Marshall Faulk, who was suspended by NFL Network earlier this week pending investigation of the allegations Cantor has made against him.

Ultimately, Sapp should have chosen to say nothing. He’s not a defendant in the lawsuit, and he likely won’t be. The claims made against him hardly besmirch his reputation, given his arrest for solicitation of a prostitute.

Moving forward, Sapp should say nothing. Until his deposition, that is. Which if it were televised by NFL Network would instantly become the second most compelling show on the channel. Maybe the first.

30 responses to “Warren Sapp admits giving sex toys to co-workers

  1. nothing shocking here. back in 2015 this guy pleaded guilty to roughing up 2 prostitutes in PHX when it came time to pay them. why in the world did the NFL ever think it was a good idea to let this guy keep his job back when THAT went down.

    I’m sure this is just the beginning of the NFL’s #metoo moment

  2. Pretty stupid. Sapp deserves to get canned for not having the sense to filter his conversations just a bit.

    That being said, if the makeup ladies asked him to bring them for them kind of makes it difficult in court to later complain about it and seek $$$$.

  3. Why do all these ex-coaches and players even have jobs? Why do the producers who put this crap together?I understand there’s minutes to be filled but filled with what? Hardly anything is worthwhile including game color commentary. Tell us something we don’t know. Better yet, show us and don’t do it without resorting to any goofy Madden schtick.

  4. Just because he can play football doesn’t mean Sapp (and the others) is smart, a good person, or even a classy person. There was a reason why he got fired from the NFL network.

  5. My team gave me some sex toy product as a going away present 20’yeats ago. I didn’t think it was sexually harassing and they all laughed when they gave it to me, maybe I should go back and revisit it. I guess when the whole team full of men and women give it to their boss it isn’t so bad?

  6. the mcrophone (or any attention at all) is not this bozo’s friend. jeez what a moron. grow up, get a life and treat women with respect for cryin’ out loud.

  7. What is wrong with you, man? Those are the kind of gifts you only give to a long term love you know is into that.

    Dude, seriously. What is wrong with you?

  8. The law is not if a person was offended…it has to be determined that a REASONABLE PERSON would find it offensive. There are way too many easily offended people who would simply be filing lawsuit after lawsuit if you accidentally mispronounce their name, or look at them for any longer than a glance, or if you buy a coffee for a friend but not them, etc. In this case with Sapp, someone would have to be offended, report it as sexually offensive in the workplace, and the court would need to evaluate the facts and determine if a reasonable person would find it offensive. If they didn’t specifically ask him to get these items for them, Sapp could have gotten himself into trouble. If they did ask him, he would win.

  9. oscarxray says:
    December 13, 2017 at 6:29 pm
    Why do all these ex-coaches and players even have jobs? Why do the producers who put this crap together?I understand there’s minutes to be filled but filled with what? Hardly anything is worthwhile including game color commentary. Tell us something we don’t know. Better yet, show us and don’t do it without resorting to any goofy Madden schtick.

    Amen!! Some of the people that know the least about it are the dumb bells that play the game! Just one minor example is McNabb not understanding OT. My eight year old understands the basic rules better than that simpleton. Romo ‘recognizing’ plays – big deal. Anyone reading this could do it after a couple minute breakdown on team tendencies.
    Athletic talent is no substitute for knowledge.
    I miss the game I used to love

  10. lets get to the real fact….in this country you can say anything you want and state that it occurred in the workplace. If you have an attorney who is willing to sue, then it is up to the company to defend itself from the alleged lawsuit….plain and simple that is how it goes

    The employer or the accused best defense is plain and simple as well…I don’t remember, or I don’t recall, or I don’t even remember working with you….so unless there is proof, just shut up.

  11. I find nothing wrong with what he did .
    This is all being brought out now because she’s reaching
    It just shows that it’s just a money grab.
    when he gave those gifts out ,they all thought it was funny
    now it’s all of a sudden,not funny ?

  12. I liked football better when we didn’t hear from the players or coaches much. This crap makes Hollywood Henderson look like an alter boy.

    Why do we need to put microphones in front of these guys anyway? What bit of timeless knowledge are we expecting to get?

  13. Several years ago went to a birthday party for a female co-worker where another co-worker gave some type of sexual gift in good fun. And that’s how it was received, and nothing more happened. Apparently that’s too difficult for the rest of the world.

  14. People need to.notice something in the volume of this.

    There is a difference between people joking around with sexual innuendo and people using their authority to obtain sex and people deliberately trying to offend someone.

    There are TV series’ that were wildly successful based solely on sexual innuendo. Married With Chikdren comes to mind. Even Three’s Company. Remember the Sweaty Balks skit on SNL? Everyone knows people who have made those puns themselves. This is because men and women joke with each other with sexual humor. Both while segregated and mixed together.

    My reference to the volume of this. The sexual humur happens all around you. It’s not shocking it happens at NFL Network. Odds are it happens at your company. It’s just that now, people close their eyes to the reality of this. It’s another case of a loud minority determining how we should be. People are willing to take events out of context, apply 2017 standards to 2001 actions, and race to be hollier then thou.

    We need to make sure someone who was fine with the humor when it occurred, does not become a victim of it when it is expedient.
    People do laugh at sex jokes. Even embarrassing ones.

  15. Why didn’t the NFL have their employees sign waivers about sexual harassment? They could certainly argue that a locker room atmosphere is appropriate for a media business dedicated to a sport.

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