“I Was Ornery”

February 3rd, 2013

Last night, Hall of Fame elected Warren Sapp appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio to discuss his election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame just minutes earlier.

Sapp, as one can imagine, was giddy, boasting how his daughter Mercedes would be his presenter in Canton this ,summer.

But then, Sapp grew reflective if not wistful. He admitted to co-hosts Howard Balzer (a voting member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame) and Gil Brandt, that he doubted whether he was going to be elected yesterday because of his often rude, hostile attitude towards reporters, and he wondered if his act would, in turn, bite him.

In sort of a regretful tone, Sapp explained his often incorrigible ways with many reporters.

“In 13 years in the locker room I never once shook a reporter’s hand,” Sapp said. “I figured you were going to get your information either way so I didn’t have to be your friend.

“Oh, I was ornery, no doubt about it.”

Also last night, Jamie Dukes of the NFL Network lashed out at Pro Football Hall of Fame voters claiming there was a grudge between Charles Haley and former NFL beat writers. In many respects Hailey was the precursor to Sapp where media relations were concerned, in some cases worse.

Joe has only one question for Dukes: If reporters truly hold a grudge, how did Sapp get in on his first trip to the plate?

4 Responses to ““I Was Ornery””

  1. SeanyMac in SC Says:

    I suspect that Sapp’s work on the NFL network and on ShowTime that all the media was exposed to another side of Warren Sapp, which may have endeared himself to the HOF voters a little more. Without that exposure, he might not have gotten voted in on his first ballot. I would like to hear Ira’s speech on getting Sapp voted in.

    I don’t know Charles Hailey’s story, but even a little good press can go along way.

  2. Brad Says:

    I noticed what appears to be Sapps Super Bowl ring. Was there a story there I missed?

  3. 4everBucsFan Says:

    2 words …. Ira Kaufman

  4. Rrsrq Says:

    Jamie Dukes likes nothing Buccaneers, never hear that give any Bucs real credit.