It’s been a rough run for Warren Sapp lately. First, he told the world that former Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey was the person who initially leaked news of the Saints’ bounty program to the NFL, spurring the investigation that led to the year-long suspension of Sean Payton and possibly the end of Gregg Williams’ coaching career – a claim Shockey angrily, repeatedly denied. And then, it came out that Sapp recently filed for bankruptcy in Florida – this despite a substantial (as in, $45,000) monthly income from the NFL Network, where Sapp serves as an analyst.
But apparently, he won’t be collecting that NFL Network paycheck much longer – his contract is up in August, and according to Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Globe, that contract won’t be renewed. Bedard noted Sapp hasn’t appeared on the network since shortly after sending his controversial tweets – maybe they were the impetus in the NFL Network deciding not to continue its relationship with Sapp, maybe not, but it’s clear they didn’t help Sapp’s cause.
There’s nothing wrong with the NFL Network not renewing Sapp’s deal. That kind of thing happens all the time – it’s how the TV business works. There’d be nothing wrong with them not liking Sapp making this kind of public insinuation without concrete evidence backing it up, either. But as Pro Football Talk points out, the network could risk looking hypocritical for chiding Sapp in this instance for delving into reporting, after having no problem with this last season.
Still, it’s not necessarily a 1:1 comparison between the two instances, since in the Ray Lewis case, Sapp was right, and in this case, there’s no evidence backing him up. Just one more in a series of unfortunate Sapp-related events – he’s got $6.7 million to pay off, and that will be even harder without the NFL Network money. Hopefully for his sake he finds something else sooner rather than later – and that if he reports any more bombshells, he can really prove he’s right.