Sapp Says Revis Is A Me-First Guy

April 22nd, 2013

sapp_strut1Warren Sapp says there’s a capital “I” in Revis, and No. 99 doesn’t like that for his beloved Bucs.

Speaking to eye-RAH! Kaufman of The Tampa Tribune, Sapp says Darrelle Revis isn’t bleeding pewter and red.

“He’s selfish and he’s never been a team player,” Sapp said. “We didn’t win the championship that way. Derrick Brooks and I always cared more about the team than ourselves.”

These are very harsh words from Sapp. Revis seems to have had thorough respect from his Jets teammates and coaches. Yeah, if Sapp is one of those guys that doesn’t believe in contract holdouts and business negotiation tactics, then Revis is sure to be on his crap list after two contract squabbles with the Jets.

And Mr. Sapp, didn’t Derrick Brooks pull a holdout stunt with two years remaining on his contract?

Joe’s not going to judge Revis on his business beefs with the Jets. The guy brings his A-game to the field and to the negotiating table. Joe’s ok with that.

36 Responses to “Sapp Says Revis Is A Me-First Guy”

  1. Charlie B Says:

    Kellen Winslow was a selfish player. Darrelle Revis is already committed to spending the entire offseason in Tampa. I’ve never heard anything bad about him from a locker room perspective. Did he give any reason as to why he thinks this? Or did Sapp just present his opinion as fact without any evidence?

    After reading about his two contract disputes, I can’t say I hold it against him.

  2. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I can see how people might come away with that impression about Revis. Truth to tell, I had/have the same concerns.

    However, everything I see and hear says he is a leader in the locker room, on the field and in “class”. He just wants money.

    The contract is what is swaying me toward liking Revis right now. He signed the ultimate prove-it contract. Yes, it is a lot of money, but it is unlikely he will want more money later, considering he has more than any CB in history now.

    Going to be interesting when Freeman earns a new contract though.

  3. Terraj Says:

    Thats why the comparison to keyshawn is more fitting. Hes as selfish as it gets. I think its just a new york thing lol. As long as revis shuts down his guy hes doing his job. Sounds like sapp might be wishing he was part of this team….Now that I think about it, I do to. Could you imagine sapp and mccoy in the middle. scary

  4. NJBucsFan Says:

    I’m surprised he didn’t drop the f-bomb in his opinion.

  5. Mr. Patrick Says:

    Only time will tell.

  6. bucfanjeff Says:

    I would like Sapp to qualify his comments. How are the based? Contract holdouts? If that’s it, then he might want to do a discount-double check on some other players around the NFL. Wanting more money doesn’t always mean selfish – sometimes its just the person. Selfish examples: Keyshawn=True, Brooks=False

  7. GenocideD Says:

    Now’s not the time to run your mouth, Mr.Sapp.

  8. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Terraj Says:
    April 22nd, 2013 at 10:58 am

    “That’s why the comparison to Keyshawn is more fitting.”

    I disagree. MeShawn was destructive when he did not get his way. He made waves in the locker room. Revis may have spoken out in the media, and held out, but that’s as far as it went.

  9. Patrick Says:

    July 2001……..funny how different web pages looked back then. lol.

  10. Meh Says:

    Everything I’ve seen points to Revis being an excellent locker room guy. He isn’t going to hold out with this contract anyway. He’s either going to play up to it or he’s going to get cut.

  11. thegregwitul Says:

    From what I understand, Revis has never been a problem in the locker room. He practices hard and he plays hard. He doesn’t loaf. Yes, he’s held out twice in his six year career, but from what I recall, the owners of all 32 teams held out during the lockout, many of them hold out to have taxpayers front a large portion of funds to build new stadiums which the owner(s) will profit from.

    This isn’t a shot at the Glazers directly, but more of a fact that can be applied to ownership in all of sports. We rarely devote as much time as we have on owners holding the sport or their city hostage as we do the players who holdout for more money. Darrelle Revis, a once in a generation shut down corner demanded to be paid what he’s worth. Yeah, maybe he’s not worth 16 million, but he was once worth that much, and hopefully his injury heals to allow him to be as close to 100% as possible so that he can earn top dollar for many years to come.

    I’m so sick of reading comments that dump on Revis because he demanded big money and ended up receiving it. Sure, 16 million to the majority of us is such a ridiculous number and some people might say they’d be happy with half of that, or even just one million or whatever. But that’s not how life works. You and I aren’t Darrelle Revis. We don’t lock down half the football field and take just about every big name wideout not named Stevie Johnson out of the game on a weekly basis. A game that generates billions of dollars, mind you.

    On a much smaller scale, I personally have ‘held out’ at my job. Granted, I still had to show up to work on a daily basis, but I went to my superiors and advised them of my worth and requested they increase my salary to retain my services. During the two weeks of discussion that ultimately resulted in an increase in my salary, I was never a distraction in the office. I gave 100% each and everyday and while I care about my co-workers and the company I work for, I’m going to do whatever it takes to showcase my worth and expect to be compensated accordingly. The company I’m employed with decided they valued my services enough to increase my pay and not look outside the company to replace me and I in turn decided not to leave the company for another opportunity. This doesn’t make me a bad person and it doesn’t make Darrelle Revis a bad person. It becomes a problem when you bring a bad attitude into the office or the locker. When you openly refuse to give 100%. When you quit on your co-workers or your teammates. Darrelle Revis has never done those things and I hope he is ready to earn his salary in Tampa Bay. I know I’ll be rooting for him and the team to succeed.

  12. thegregwitul Says:

    Sorry for the book but after reading hundreds of Revis stories on multiple sites over the last couple months I had to vent a little.

  13. Borzo Says:

    Everybody likes to jump on revis for his holdouts. Think about it he is no worse than the second best corner in the league (healthy) and was making less money than eric wright. I would holdout too.

  14. Que589 Says:

    Great point Joe, you can’t “judge a guy on his business beefs”. No one knows the details.

  15. John Says:

    Revis is not from NY, so I don’t know how it can be “a NY thing” just because he played in NY (actually NJ). He can be a bit of a diva, but the same can be said of many players (even ones not HOF material). I’m hoping for the best.

  16. feelthepewterpower Says:

    A “me” first guy? Thanks, Sapp, way to show some diplomacy. Bite your tongue next time!! Revis does a lot of Charity, was a leader in the Jets locker-room, and works hard from all accounts.

    The NFL is a BUSINESS. Sapp of all people should understand why Revis held-out twice. As much as you love Sapp on the field, he says some pretty apish things off the field.

  17. jktampa Says:

    The phrase, “Takes one to know one” comes to mind, but in this case Sapp is just running his mouth again. I don’t have a problem with a player getting paid as much as possible. All indications are that Revis will be good for this team. To quote John Tortorella – Sapp, “Shut your yap!” Go Bucs!

  18. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Sapp was a great player but I never listen to anything he has to say when analyzing the current NFL. He just doesn’t have great insight and his comments are usually emotionally driven. In all honesty he’s basically an egotistical blowhard masquerading as an analyst. Not worth the attention.

  19. lightningbuc Says:

    Yeah, Sapp was all about the team when he used to walk thru the other team’s warmups before games, kicking end zone pylons, flipping his helmet around, all the while making sure the cameras were rolling.

  20. NJBucsFan Says:

    I bet Joe is standing next to Peter King in the press conference.

  21. Gus Says:

    No this is the definition of selfish

  22. BK Says:

    Lets remember one thing: SAPP is getting paid per stupid comment by the NFL network. I think he can cash this check…no problem.

    I recall SAPP also being VERY selfish…with his time for reporters and even kids seeking an autograph from their favorite player on the field.

  23. shmuckaneer Says:

    I love Sapp. One of my favorite players all time. But I think there’s a bit of “ego protection” going on here. He doesn’t like anyone getting the shine over him. It’s hard to see a new era guy come in and be called :possibly the best defender the team has ever had” when you think that you’re the best defender the team ever had. If he’s “for the team” he should hope they do whatever it takes to win. He didn’t like Chucky and called him selfish…but he probably wouldn’t have won a ring witout him. Just hush Warren.

  24. Gus Says:

    Coming from the 2nd most self-centered player in Bucs history (only Keyshown surpasses him), I find the comments from Sapp quite hilarious. A guy who shut it down once Booger McFarland got his money, a guy who took whole weekends off (especially if the national cameras were not on). Sapp was a great player because he had great talent and a great passion, but not because he was a team guy.

  25. dmon Says:

    this from a guy that couldn’t be bothered for an autograph from little kids.

  26. OAR Says:

    Guys, there is a difference between selfishness and swagger! Sapp was a team player, maybe not so warm and fuzzy off the field, but he was a team player. Always there in the offseason and played different roles for the team, blocking for Alstott, catching Tds, etc.

  27. Andrew 1 Says:

    if Revis is any kind of help to our other CBs like Vincent Jackson was to our other WRs, then I think that would prove that he is not selfish.

  28. Dave Says:

    Can we just put Sapp in the ring and then usher him away in silence for all eternity. Nw he is judging a guy he does not know. A guy who his team and coaches say is a leader and great in the locker room and gives 110%.
    People see to forget: he DESERVED to get paid and the NYJ are competely dysfunctional

  29. Bucc Fan South Tampa Says:

    Yeah I hear you 99, but since 2008, I will take a me-first guy who wants to win, rather than a team guy who doesnt care about winning. Lets win Bucs, lets win the division, the playoffs and go to the big show.

  30. tonytwocents Says:

    Why did Sapp have to get negative with this? He should be happy for the how our team is shaping up.

    But when you have a net worth of -$1 million, I can see how his first reaction is to hate on Mr $100 Million.

  31. tonytwocents Says:

    I remember seeing Warren eating a full slab of ribs on BBQ Pitmasters, then complain about how the meat kept falling off the bone.

  32. lightningbuc Says:

    “But when you have a net worth of -$1 million, I can see how his first reaction is to hate on Mr $100 Million.”

    Thats funny 2cent!!

  33. bucfever40 Says:

    Sapp takes the cake…..or he eats it, one of the two, but what a tool, I can see jealousy written all over those comments that are totally unfounded. Selfish? Mr. Revis was one of the NFL’s most charitable individuals, and a GREAT locker room guy. The only charitable tendencies with Sapp came only after he was encouraged to do so to clean up his image, so he would take about 50 kids to PAYLESS (of all places) to buy new shoes, now lets give him credit for doing so, but if ever there was a cheap way out of being charitable, buying shoes from an outlet store is definitely it! So for him to be ragging on Revis is out of pure jealousy, because he didn’t manage his money well, now he has to watch every cent he makes, and I’m sure when he thinks about a DB making 16 mil a season, it HAS to eat away at him, but he should take the high road and congratulate Revis, I’m sure all the fanfare and hooplah surrounding Revis, just takes away any newfound pub he was getting, so he’s just Sapp being Sapp…..a very low character guy, but a once great football player.

  34. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I think some people are over reacting to Sapps words. I think he raises a point that EVERYONE has thought about concerning this deal. Just like with the rest of us, Revis will have to prove those concerns wrong.

    Remember…it was his behavior that made people have these issues.

    But as far as Sapp, I could swear when he left the Bucs it was because the Bucs did not want to pay him enough to stay. He could have taken less to stay, but he refused.

  35. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Sapp is projecting his personality onto Revis.

  36. Rashard Says:

    Warren Sapp talking about SOMEONE ELSE being a me player?