A week after he spoke directly on behalf of disgruntled Steelers WR Mike Wallace, Taylor turned his sights toward NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp, who recently chimed in with comments suggesting the Steelers will fail to make the post-season in 2012, and key losses of veterans like DE Aaron Smith, WR Hines Ward and LB James Farrior will push the team to a .500 record.
Sapp said the Steelers were too old in 2011, but after getting younger, the release of their older players will force them to suffer a 4-game dip in their record. Makes sense. Good thing Sapp gets paid to do this.
We weren't the only ones miffed by those statements. Taylor, joined by LB Larry Foote, went after Sapp on a personal level, pointing out Sapp's recent financial woes, which includes Sapp's filing of bankruptcy and admittance of "240 pairs of Nike shoes and a painting of a naked woman as assets."
None of this was lost on Taylor or Foote.
"He has other issues. I don't even want to talk about his other issues," Taylor said referring to Sapp recently filing for bankruptcy. "Man, he is worrying about the wrong thing right now. People are coming knocking at his door."
Foote brought up the main reason why I have a problem with Warren Sapp from his playing days.
Paraphrased from Tribune-Review reporter Mark Kaboly:
Foote cited a Monday night game near the end of the 2002 year when Sapp and Tampa Bay teammate Nate Webster tried to break through the Steelers' stretching line before the game, but was met by former linebackers Jason Gildon and Joey Porter.
Foote said that Porter and Gildon grabbed the two by the throats before a scuffle ensued.
"He came out there hopping like a little girl," Foote said, "and they snatched them up. If he disagreed with what I said, have him call in. I am sure we have footage."
In Sapp's playing days, he was known for his bravado and outspoken nature. Incidents like the time he decked Packers OT Chad Clifton on an interception return in 2002 sparked some ire, but didn't illicit a fine from the league (imagine what it would be today). It's the arrogant, non-sensible things like running through another team's huddle that hacks me off. The only word for it is classless.
And as Sapp can see, Foote, a rookie that year, still remembers it, nearly 10 years after it happened.