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RoanokeFan
04-08-2012, 02:35 PM
REPORT: SAPP "LIKELY" OUT AT NFL NETWORK (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/04/08/report-sapp-likely-out-at-nfl-network/related/)

"When former NFL defensive tackle Warren Sapp <a href="http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/04/06/sapp-files-bankruptcy/">recently
declared bankruptcy</a>, he listed his income at $45,000 per month from NFL
Network on a contract that expires in August 2012. Sapp said in the paperwork
he’s not sure if the contract will be extended.


According to Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe, it probably won’t
be.</p>


Bedard reports, citing two league sources, that Sapp’s employment is “<a href="http://bostonglobe.com/sports/2012/04/08/nfl-players-may-find-cap-bad-fit-future/4DvGJCESGXVWb1MFwVSmqJ/story.html">likely
over</a>,” and that Sapp has not been on NFL Network in the two-plus weeks since
he went on the air and outed former Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/981/jeremy-shockey)
as the player who blew the whistle on the Saints’ bounty system in 2011.</p>


NFLN Senior Vice President of Programming and Production Mark Quenzel
previously said Sapp wouldn’t be “fired (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/03/23/nfln-wont-fire-sapp-wont-comment-on-other-discipline/),”
but if Bedard’s report is accurate that was just a matter of semantics. Like
when the Steelers <a href="http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/01/21/arians-departure-a-shell-game-of-semantics/">didn’t
“fire” offensive coordinator Bruce Arians</a> after his contract expired. Even
though they didn’t offer him ongoing employment. (Maybe NFLN will claim Sapp
“retired,” too.)</p>


We’ve separately heard, though hadn’t confirmed to the point that we felt
comfortable reporting it, that Sapp is indeed done at NFL Network. As one
industry source explained it, opinions within the building were split on what to
do with Sapp, and NFL Network chief Steve Bornstein made the decision to bench
Sapp until his contract expires — and then to simply move on.</p>


Though it was wrong for Sapp to “out” Shockey and label him a “snitch,” Sapp
initially did so on his Twitter page. As we understand it, he was then invited
by NFL Network to come on the air and talk about what he had tweeted.</p>


What did they expect him to say at that point, “No way — it’s a trap”?</p>


Moreover, the fact that NFLN said in the wake of the fiasco that Sapp has
been told he’s not a reporter but an analyst implied strongly that he hadn’t
previously been told not to report things he has heard. Indeed, the network
happily embraced the fact that <a href="http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/11/20/sapp-ray-lewis-wont-play-today/">Sapp
received a text message</a> from former University of Miami teammate <a class="nameLink" href="http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/2246/ray-lewis">Ray
Lewis</a> during the season, indicating that Lewis would miss the first of four
games with a foot injury.</p>


But that’s the way the league usually operates. No one is fired with
fanfare, and the official separation comes after the dust settles.</p>


If that’s what the league-owned network chooses to do with Sapp, that’s
fine. But the league-owned network shouldn’t have played word games with the
public about it, and the league-owned network shouldn’t single Sapp out for
something that arose from a much broader failure in TV production and
sensitivity to potential legal problems."</p>

titwio
04-08-2012, 05:30 PM
Well that sucks for him. Goes broke and then gets fired?? Talk about hitting rock bottom.

When I lose lots of money I usually ask my boss if I can work doubles...Guess we won't see 24hrs of Sapp on NFL Network like I was envisioning.

TheBookOfEli
04-08-2012, 05:59 PM
Is he going to leave Inside the NFL too? I hope so. I never liked Warren Sapp.

chizz
04-08-2012, 06:31 PM
being broke and making 45 grand per month sounds crazy; the lavish living of some of these celebs are crazy