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Sapp Explains Keyshawn Insult

Posted Nov 15, 2008 by Anwar S. Richardson

Updated Nov 15, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Former Bucs standout Warren Sapp was on Jim Mandich’s radio show, which is on 560 WQAM in Miami, on Friday and explained why he called Keyshawn Johnson a b-tch earlier on Inside The NFL.

Below is the transcript from that portion of the interview provided by WQAM: 

Jim: “This week on Showtime and you every media critic in the country picks up on this when you were asked about Keyshawn Johnson and would you be apart of his new reality show on interior design. And you said, ‘me watch Keyshawn on an interior decorating show? Keyshawn, I knew you were a b-tch, thanks for making it clear. Is there any retraction or clarifications you want to make on those remarks?”

Sapp: “That seems to be about right Jim. I think you got it.”

Jim: “He was your teammate in Tampa, is that right?”

Sapp: “Yeah.”

Jim: “The championship year?”

Sapp: “No, he was my teammate from ‘99 when he was at the Pro Bowl and my whole coaching staff was there after we lost the 11-6 (NFC Championship) game and he followed me around all week long saying that with me and him together, he would run the offense like me and (Derrick) Brooks run the defense and we’d get ourselves a championship. So I go to the coaching staff and I lobby for this guy. Go to the owners and say, ‘listen let’s get this guy. This guy here - monster offense, he catches the ball and goes to work. He said he’s going to come down here and be one of us.’

Keyshawn gets a $56 million deal and we’re doing off-season conditioning, what we do in Tampa all the time. Me, Brooks, (John) Lynch, Ronde (Barber), you name it, we’re there because this is what we do. This is how you forge the steel of your team that wins a championship. The next three years we get dumped in Philadelphia. Remember those playoff games? And that’s what he told me he would do. He would come lead my troops on offense. And after playing with him for three years and the fourth year us winning the title, and him never saying, ‘my bad’ one time.

Me and Brooks walked across the field and Chris Simms was there. He’s a big left-handed kid - Christopher as his father tells me he named him, Christopher Simms - and he throws the ball to Keyshawn on an out-route. Me and Brooks was right there in front of Keyshawn and he drops the ball and looks back at the kid and says, ‘your ball spins funny.’ I looked at Brooks and I said, ‘I will never say another word to this man. He don’t know what my bad is Brooks. It’s always someone else’s fault. Brooks said, ‘wow.’ So that’s why I said what I said. Enough is enough. You want to get on a damn show or do something crazy, yeah, but interior decorating? I mean come on. Let’s be men about this.”