NFL: Warren Sapp, Career with NFL Network Is Old, Slow and over

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer IApril 8, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 17:  Warren Sapp #99 of the Oakland Raiders talks with teammates on the sidelines toward the end of the NFL game against the St. Louis Rams at McAfee Coliseum December 17, 2006 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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In a report from, the NFL Network has decided that Warren Sapp is likely no longer a value for them, and have decided to pull the plug on their relationship.

Sapp, the former Buccaneer and Raider, was known for his loud, brash comments, not being afraid to say things that other people didn't like.

Such as his comment at the beginning of the 2011 NFL season, when saying the Steelers were "old, slow and over" after an opening-weekend loss to the Baltimore Ravens.  Pittsburgh would finish the season with a 12-4 record and make the playoffs.

It is not that Pittsburgh Steelers fans liked Sapp prior to this event.  During his playing days in Tampa Bay, there was a considerable amount of trash talk between Sapp and former Steeler, Joey Porter.  At the time, Sapp had a pregame ritual of running through the opponents side of the field, as to taunt them prior to the game.

When he played the Steelers, it was not Porter that stepped up when Sapp was skipping through the Steelers sideline, but Jerome Bettis.

Bettis confronted Sapp before he could get through the Steelers side of the field, and a fight nearly broke out. The ref's were able to separate the two players, but were no able to stop Bettis and the Steelers from running through the Buccaneers, handing them their first loss of the season.

You also won't hear any crying coming from fans of the Raiders or Buccaneers, as Sapp would regularly insult his former teams.  Though Sapp did show professionalism by staying objective when speaking of his old teams, he almost seemed to enjoy when he could take those shots, especially against the Raiders.

Apparently the straw that broke the camel's back was his reporting that the "rat" of the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal was his former UM alumni, Jeremy Shockey.

As a rule in the world of news, unless you have PROOF that someone did or said something, you can't say that they did.  It is called slander, and I have seen many REAL journalists lose their jobs because their PROOF was not enough.

When Sapp crossed that line, he eliminated any options that the NFLNetwork had in keeping him.

On a side note, Happy Easter, everyone!