Former Bucs Player Says Sapp Was the Original Incognito

Published on 7-Nov-2013 by Stacey Mickles

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Former Bucs Player Says Sapp Was the Original Incognito

Richie Incognito was hardly the first or the only player in the NFL to bully or intimidate his teammates.

He's just the latest.

According to former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Chidi Ahanotu, Hall of Famer Warren Sapp was no better than Incognito.

Ahanotu ranted about Sapp's actions on his Facebook page. Here"s just part of what he said:

Richie Incognito tormenting & bullying of his teammate reminds me of what our own beloved Warren Sapp did to his teammates & the staff at Buccaneers. Tyoka Jackson, Super Bowl MVP Dexter Jackson, Marcus Jones & Chidi Ahanotu all confronted Sapp & had physical altercations of varying degrees with Sapp. Virtually Nothing was off limits to Sapp’s verbal attacks & belittling of his teammates & front office staff. Legendary superstar & ESPN commentator Keyshawn Johnson would hangout at my restaurant jazz club & ask to exit out the back when Warren Sapp came in because he despised Sapp. For many years many in the Tampa community all the way to Orlando have shared their Sapp insult stories thru various sports radio shows, sports newspaper blogs & to me personally. So why does a man like Sapp get put in the coveted Ring of HONOR of all things? A legendary coach once said to us that if a guy is a jerk but he plays football great, then he’s not a jerk to him.

Wow! Where was this dude when paragraph lessons were on the schedule?

Of course, Sapp would respond as only he can:

Check the source. I’ve been in the locker room with Chidi for many years. If you know the nature of the beast, don’t be surprised by what it does. He had plenty of time to say whatever he wanted to say about Sapp up until this point. Warren was just as hard on you as he was on himself. I think Derrick Brooks and anyone else that’s been in that locker room will tell you. I’ve been called everything under the sun in this town. This is the first time I’ve ever heard that and why do you think that is?

I think I helped him get paid. And then when he got his 10 sacks, didn’t come to the offseason conditioning, yeah, I tortured his [butt] because we needed him here in the offseason. If I was going to be here every day, why wasn’t he? He got his $30million deal, I got my $36million deal and we were out there in the same dirt. But he still says I’m his brother because he knows I was right to get on his [butt] about not being here

It's not  a secret that Warren Sapp isn't well-liked around the league, but it's shocking to hear an ex-teammate call him out on it, especially after hearing about Sapp's own run-in with Incognito. Sapp said that Incognito called him the 'N-word' as well. 

Maybe if more of Richie Incognito's teammates put him on Front Street, this situation with the Dolphins wouldn't have taken place.