Warren Sapp is no Ray Lewis, but he does have some respect and credibility within the NFL community and when he speaks, people usually listen. According to Warren Sapp, he’s got the inside scope on who snitched on the Saint’s bounty scandal that ended up costing head coach Sean Peyton to be suspended for one full NFL season with no pay.
Sapp advised he received this vital information from a reliable source and he later defended his stance on NFL Network; stating his source was very close to the situation and he trusted what his source told him. It’s obvious that the “rat” who snitched had to be within the Saints organization and according to Warren Sapp, this individual is none other than former Saints TE Jeremy Shockey.
Shockey in the past has been known to let his mouth do more talking than his playing on the field especially when he was with the NY Giants.
Excerpts From twitter:
Here’s the full conversation that Warren Sapp had with Rich Eisen in regards to this bounty scandal:
Warren Sapp: I was sitting in the production meeting getting ready for the day and my source that was close to the situation informed me that Jeremy Shockey was the snitch initially. So I went with that. I trust my source unequivocally because he is right on top of the situation. I understand what this is. Shockey comes out and says that he’s not. We just found out who ‘Deep Throat’ was and he almost died. I understand. Whenever you inform something of this caliber, your identity should be protected, but I was given that information and I went with it by a reliable source that I know.
Rich Eisen: Does it matter? Is that what players in that locker room are thinking about right now?
Sapp: No. They should be ducking making sure that they are not in the wake of these punishments that are coming out because as we see, the Commissioner is dead serious about the integrity of our game and the safety of the players. Rightfully so, and so on with the punishments. And if you are in that line, you’d better duck.
Eisen: The league also says that it did not speak with Jeremy Shockey.
Sapp: I did not call anybody at the league and ask them a thing and did not receive any information from them.
Eisen: But you believe from your source that Jeremy Shockey was the individual?
Sapp: That’s the information I got and I trust my source.
Either way that you look at it, we all know that Jeremy Shockey was not going to come out and admit that his tail needs to be cut off for being the “rat” that snitched on his own team. The guy is still looking for a new team to call home for the upcoming season and since the NFL is build around the team concept and keeping all valid information within the team, none of the 32 NFL teams would have signed him if he came out and openly admitted to the scandal. Moreover, if shockey does get back in the NFL and goes to a team that plays against the Saints, i can definitively see some sort of unintentional bounty placed on him whether he admits it or not but i really doubt if any team even picks him up. He’s washed up and shy from what he used to be in his days with the Giants.