Brandon Marshall reacts to being called a ‘retard’ by Warren Sapp
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org September 24, 2012 3:10PM
‘‘I’m excited to be back with my quarterback [Jay Cutler] and a guy on the offensive staff [Jeremy Bates] who knows what I’m capable of, so there are no excuses this year.” — Brandon Marshall
Updated: September 25, 2012 12:30AM
Brandon Marshall has done his best to stay out of any off-the-field headlines since the Bears acquired him in the offseason, but that might have come to an end on Monday, as a war of words with former NFL defensive linemen Warren Sapp heated up.
Marshall posted two videos online in the afternoon, reacting to the fact that Sapp went on “The Dan Patrick Show’’ on Friday and called Marshall a “retard.’’
“Listen, I got a very disturbing heads-up on something, Warren Sapp called me retarded,’’ Marshall said in the first video. “That’s really disappointing to hear that from an NFL legend, but I’m going to take this as a lesson, and I think we can all learn from this: Be very careful who you take advice from. You want to surround yourself with good people, Godly people. When I look at Warren Sapp, I can’t go to him and talk about finances because he filed for bankruptcy. I can’t go to him and talk about my marriage because he filed for divorce. I can’t go to him and talk to about being a great father when one day I have children because he’s not active in his children’s life. So the lesson we should all learn here is surround yourself with good people and be careful who you take counsel from. I’m not saying he’s been there on my side giving me counsel, but that’s not a guy that I can go to. You know, football doesn’t make us. There’s more to life than just playing football, so make sure you have a great balance in your life and surround yourself with good people. And guys like Warren Sapp, you know, I feel sorry for. Hopefully one day he’ll change his life, we’ll pray for him and instead of using words to destroy, he’ll use words to uplift. So God bless you guys and have a great day.’’
Sapp, who works for the NFL Network and is no stranger to saying controversial things on the air, played 13 seasons in the league, before calling it quits in 2007.
It was on Patrick’s show that Sapp said, “These kids that play the game today have no relevance for the past, have no conscious of what it is. I mean, Brandon Marshall talking about Shannon Sharpe, who is he to talk? He’s the first 100-catch receiver, back-to-back, retard. What you just did in Denver for three years. You don’t know this? No, of course he doesn’t, because it’s not about Brandon Marshall ... it ain’t about the past, it’s about me. It’s about personal success, pay me, and now I’ll think about being a team guy.’’
Marshall’s second video had a little less bite to it.
“Hi. It’s me again, addressing Warren Sapp,” Marshall said. “I usually don’t do this but I think it’s really important for all of us to learn from each other. You know, and I’ve always been one to try to use my story to help others. So this is not to destroy but to uplift whoever’s watching. Sometimes we put ourselves on a platform, or we’re given a platform where we can influence a lot of people and sometimes we use it the wrong way. Instead of using it to uplift we use it to destroy. And unfortunately it seems like Warren Sapp is choosing to destroy. And it’s not just me. It’s guys all around him. And it’s unfortunate to see. You know, you would think that a guy who’s been through his share of problems will remember the journey that he was on and he’s still on.
“So again, you guys always hear me talking about … one thing I learned from coach Tony Sparano. It’s all about the journey, not the destination. So, that -- that journey never stops so with Warren Sapp it seems that he’s forgotten the journey that he’s on. It’s one thing to give constructive criticism but when you talk down to someone, you’re rude to someone, you think you’re better than someone, that says a lot about who you are – not as far as outwardly, but deep in your soul. So, it seems like it’s a bigger issue, and all we can do is try to encourage him to be better but at the same time, we’re going to hold you accountable, warren. Just like I’m held accountable. I’ve made my share of mistakes, and I’m going to continue to make my mistakes, but I’m never going to put myself on a platform or a podium where I think I’m invisible or untouchable. So, warren, take this as words of encouragement and not words to criticize you or destroy you. This is out of truth and love. All right, Warren.”