Warren Sappís book tour isnít going well
While he has yet to spit water onto Regis and/or Kathie Lee, Warren Sappís book tour has hit a few road bumps. His one-hour, no-break visit with Howard Stern created plenty of intriguing (and profane) moments. And one clear inconsistency.
Sapp bemoaned early in the process that a reporter hid behind an unnamed source on the eve of 1995 draft, with news of multiple failed marijuana tests (and one failed cocaine test, which Sapp strongly denies) that caused Sapp to slide to No. 12.
But in the same interview (and during Mondayís spot with Mike Francesa), Sapp continued to assert that he stands by, you guessed it, an unnamed source regarding the notion that Shockey gave information to the NFL about the Saintsí bounty system.
On Tuesday, he had a much shorter ó and far more contentious ó interview with Nick Wright and John Lopez of SportsRadio 610 in Houston. The problem is that Sapp, when irritated, tends to split hairs on irrelevant details, allowing him to simultaneously be defensive and go on the attack.
For example, Sapp insists he didnít sell his collection of Air Jordans as part of his bankruptcy case. He takes that position because, technically, assets are sold by the bankruptcy court. Either way, the assets are sold.
Sapp omitted that footnote from his comments about selling his shoes during Howard Sternís show, creating the impression for anyone who heard it that the report of a massive size 15 shoe sale were flat wrong.
Sappís habit of mincing words ultimately got under the skin of Nick Wright. ďTell your publicity people to send out better press releases,Ē Wright eventually said. ďBecause Iím reading this. Itís a no-holds barred memoir. So Iím trying to ask you questions about it. But I heard you on Howard Stern, I heard you on Mike Francesa. You did the same thing.
"Youíre doing a press tour and then you get pissed when people ask about the questions of the day. Thatís fine, and I understand it. Youíre one of my all-time favorite players. I donít know if this is the best approach. But I appreciate you joining us. Good luck with the book.Ē
Sapp then tried to salvage the situation, again by splitting hairs. ďIím trying to figure out what your question was,Ē Sapp said. ďThen you tell me weíre having a general discussion, so a question ainít a general discussion.Ē
By that point, the questions and the discussion were done. Sapp can be very funny and engaging. Iíve had good exchanges with him, and Iíve had bad exchanges with him.
He needs to get the bad exchanges under control before the first Saturday in February, because even though he should be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, if enough of the voters who have had bad exchanges with him over the past two decades canít set that aside when separating the very good from the immortal, Sapp will be waiting a year to get in. At least.