NFL analyst Warren Sapp issued this apology to the Chicago Tribune for using the word “retard,” when he bashed Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall on a national radio show.
“I want to apologize to all those who I offended with my poor choice of words,” Sapp said. “I certainly meant no disrespect to those who have some type of disability or special needs.”
Marshall, who was traded to the Bears in March, was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder last year. It’s a mental illness that’s characterized by impulsive behavior and uncontrolled emotions.
Sapp, who played in the NFL for 13 years, used the word “retard” when talking about Marshall on “The Dan Patrick Show” last Friday.
“These kids that play the game today have no relevance for the past, have no conscious of what it is,” Sapp said. “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.”
On Monday, Marshall uploaded two videos to YouTube where he fired back at Sapp for calling him a “retard.”
He shot the videos sideways while driving.
Marshall posted a second video where he talks about holding Sapp accountable.
Sapp has always been candid, blunt and controversial. Before the season, Sapp said Marshall was talented and had the “physical tools” but was not an “elite” receiver in the league.
“The consistency is not there,” Sapp said.
There’s no telling how long the Sapp vs. Marshall feud will continue.