March 21, 2012
Shockey denies Sapp claim he blew whistle on Saints
Former NFL player and current NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp says free agent tight end Jeremy Shockey is the whistle-blower who alerted the league to the New Orleans Saints' bounty program.
Sapp first made the accusation on Twitter on Wednesday, and later repeated his stance on the NFL Network. Sapp said he did not receive his information from anyone at the league, but from a trusted source close to the situation.
Shockey, who played for the Panthers last season, adamantly denied the charge on his Twitter account.
Shockey played for the Saints from 2008-2010 and caught the winning touchdown in the franchise's only Super Bowl appearance in February 2010. He would have been in New Orleans for the first two years of the bounty program, which the NFL says was in operation from 2009-2011.
This is the second week in a row Shockey has been involved in a Twitter flap.
Former New York Giants receiver Amani Toomer, who played with Shockey in New York, called him a “bad teammate” and “worse person” on his Twitter account last week. Toomer was responding to a report in a New York newspaper that Shockey was interested in returning to the Giants.
Shockey, who will turn 32 before next season, was released by the Saints in 2010 in favor of Jimmy Graham. He signed a 1-year deal with the Panthers worth $4 million, and caught a career-low 37 passes last season while sharing time with Greg Olsen.
The Panthers allowed Shockey to become a free agent last week, but could have an interest in bringing him back at a reduced rate.
Posted by Observer Sports on March 21, 2012 at 08:18 PM | Permalink
Shockey is a cool mo-fo. I don't care if he shared info about those low class Aints or not... When you brake the rules, you will eventually get caught. GREAT message by The Commish!!!!!!
Posted by: R Wylton Zigler | Mar 21, 2012 9:16:56 PM
Break the rules. I know...
Posted by: R Wylton Zigler | Mar 21, 2012 9:18:00 PM
Got to re-sign him asap! Gotta have my Saints Panthers blood feud!
Posted by: joe cool | Mar 21, 2012 9:41:22 PM
Goodell said they first heard early in 2010 season. Shockey was still there. Doesn't make sense that he would squeal. Once Shockey was let go by the Saints, I'm sure he'd tell everything he knew. I would.
Posted by: Ben | Mar 21, 2012 9:50:43 PM
@Saints Rule: How does it feel to be headin towards the bottom of the nfc south?
Posted by: TJ | Mar 22, 2012 8:11:45 AM
How would Shockey know anything about the Cam Newton bounty? Shockey wasn't even on the team when that occurred.
I'm going to randomly suggest someone too. I think it was Bill Belichick.
Posted by: Sambo | Mar 22, 2012 8:29:00 AM
No matter who reported the illegal activity, I am glad he did. If it was Shockey, I would think even more highly of him. I hope any player or citizen would report any illegal they observe, whether in the NFL, other sports or elsewhere.
Posted by: dardjohn | Mar 22, 2012 9:24:32 AM
The league said clearly it knew about the bounty program in 2010. Does that mean Shockey turned the Saints in while he was on the team?
Sapp is an idiot.
Posted by: Phil57 | Mar 22, 2012 10:08:57 AM
so who ratted out shockey to warren sapp?
confidential and anonymous sources = your story has no credibility until you name names.
Posted by: charlottean | Mar 22, 2012 10:46:17 AM
When in doubt always blame Marty Hurney!
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