Posted June 24, 2013

Tiki Barber: Warren Sapp is an ‘idiot’ for Michael Strahan comments

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Michael Strahan and Warren Sapp have experienced friendlier times. (Johnny Nunez/Getty Images)

Michael Strahan and Warren Sapp have experienced friendlier times. (Johnny Nunez/Getty Images)

One former New York Giants great came to the defense of another on Monday, as Tiki Barber called all-time NFL great Warren Sapp an “idiot” for recent comments detrimental toward former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan.

Last week, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers star Sapp continued a longstanding feud with Strahan, telling The Tampa Tribune fellow Bucs defensive end Simeon Rice should be placed in the Hall of Fame before Strahan.

“Warren’s an idiot,” Barber told the New York Post’s Paul Schwartz on Monday, while attending the Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic at Oheka Castle in Huntington.

“He just wants to say things to be idiotic. I played with Stray for my whole career. He is the greatest of the great. He is a great teammate, he kept things light, but on game day he was as serious as a heart attack and it showed in his play.”

Sapp blasted Strahan’s career because he said it didn’t take off until he was moved from the right side to the left side of the line, meaning he only excelled when playing against right tackles and not more elite left tackles.

“Warren doesn’t know, never played with him,” Barber said. “I don’t put any credence in his opinion. I hope Stray doesn’t let it bother him. I don’t think it does.”


48 comments
joeshine730
joeshine730

Is Barber hated by Strahan and Sapp both?

joeshine730
joeshine730

Isn't  fat faced Warren Sapp broke bankrupt and out of work? What's the big deal? Strahan is a very popular TV Star.

Jean
Jean

TEE HEE barber is the biggest IDIOT of all.

FredC.Dobbs
FredC.Dobbs

Don't like either of em but Sapp s a sap and a dope!

JosephGallo
JosephGallo

Ok I get it , Warren Sapp likes Simeon Rice better than he does Michael Strahan. However, The NFL Pro Football Hall Of Fame is not a popularity contest. Not only does Michael Strahan beat Simeon Rice in most defensive end stat categories, but he also beats him in most of intangible categories, like leadership. Simeon Rice deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, but don't bring down such an obvious Hall of Famer, lily Michael Strahan in the process of expressing your opinion.

Junebug
Junebug

I would prefer Strahan career over Sapps! Strahan is in high demand! 

kamsteele
kamsteele

Warren seems to be envious because he is not as in demand as Michael Strahan. Get over it idiot. Mike is a cool brother, and it kills me that you would denigrate him. He hasn't done anything to hurt you. 

saintsmama@yahoo.com
saintsmama@yahoo.com

As a woman I was really upset that the NFL would be a person that was arrested for domestic abuse in the NFL in the Hall of Fame. Warren Sapp needs to learn how to keep his mouth shut! Let's not forget how he opened his trap in regards to Jeremy Shockey  and was totally wrong. I'll take Michael Strahan any day over Warren Sapp. 


EvelynLord
EvelynLord

Sapp is a pompous tool. Get ovr yourself!


EvelynLord
EvelynLord

Sapp is a jealous tool!!!!  Get over yourself.

John64
John64

Strahan moved from right DE to left DE before the 1995 season-- 24 games into his 216-game career.  He was a 7x pro bowler, 4x 1st-team all-pro, is 5th all-time with 141.5 sacks and was a huge reason why there wasn't a 19-0 team in 2007.  He's a bonafide HOFer. 

brighat
brighat

Tiki calling the kettle black.

noodlez
noodlez

SAPP IS ON POINT ABOUT STRAHAN MOVING TO OTHER SIDE OF DL AND AGAINST LESS THAN OPTIMAL OPPONENTS.

DenisMcDanel
DenisMcDanel

Tiki, 

You're the idiot. Sapp is stating his opinion, and at least he backed it up with facts. Is it not true that Strahan did indeed struggle until he was moved to go against Right Tackles? Yes. The fact that YOU of all people, decided to chime in on a subject to "defend a teammate", especially when they weren't even talking about anything remotely related to you is hilarious to anyone who knows how to read. It must really suck to not be in the spotlight anymore. You're the same idiot you've always been. Your brother will ALWAYS be a better football player and a better man than you could ever hope to be.


KevinAustin
KevinAustin

Suddenly Tiki cares about his Giants teammates? Its about 8 years too late Tiki.

teds61
teds61

Why don't these guys say these things to peoples faces instead of twitter/facebook/media? Gutless is the word that comes to mind. If Warren Sapp wants to trash Micheal Strahan be a man about it, just like Barber can walk up to Sapp to call him out.




dleps1
dleps1

This coming from the same guy who called out Eli Manning for being a scared player who could never win the big game. Tiki, you are the biggest idiot of all.

Dave60
Dave60

Michael Strahan played in the league for 15 years.  The thing I remember about him besides his statistics, which speak for themselves, is that he was playing at such a high level when he retired.  He could have played two or three more years easily and been a big asset to his team.

David G
David G

Yeah Tiki is doing everything he can to remain in the news.  Tiki, Warren is entitled to his opinion just like you are.

Sportsblabber
Sportsblabber

Another catfight on the Real Housewives of the NFL.


Ciscos
Ciscos

I doubt Michael Strahan needed Tiki's help in defending himself and his career against Warren Sapp. Tiki of all people. Nevermind that ready for tv laugh track.

Whether or not Simeon Rice was a better DE than Strahan is Sapp's own personal opinion.  However, in Sapp's defense, he pointed out a fundamental shift in Strahan's ability vs Rice. When Strahan was moved to the other side, his sack efficiency increased. Rice on the other hand could play the left or right side and was effective on either side.

Yet in the end, it's Sapp's opinion. Nothing more. Nothing less.

RockStar
RockStar

Once again, Strahan proves to be a class act, while the rest of these guys just run their mouths.  In the end, Warren Sapp simply knows he isn't relevant anymore, so the only way to try and seem relevant is to get into the paper saying things like this.  Anyone who's ever watched a football game with either Sapp or Strahan in it should know full well what a travesty is that Sapp was voted into the HOF first (or at all, really).  Strahan had better numbers and more consistently made his team better.

btcvsolo
btcvsolo

*YAWN*

Sorry, but I have about as much interest in ex-athlete cat-fights as I do about any species named Kardashian, or any other 'celebrity' for that matter. Your job as athletes is over.  Thanks for some brilliant Sundays in the fall but exit stage left already. 

Chris10
Chris10

Tiki calling anyone else an idiot is hilarious since he is a Giant idiot himself.  After the way his post NFL "career" has gone he should just STFU and keep his head down

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

Sapp is jealous of Strahan because he has a job and money.

Loch
Loch

Tiki is just trying get back in the good graces of his former teammates. 

couch68
couch68

Sapp also wears earrings, so he's a little light in his loafers.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

It's easier to attack the person, the old 'ad hominem' fallacy of relevance. Notice he doesn't dispute Sapp's contention about shifting him to the weaker side...

Frotoon
Frotoon

All three of them are idiots, who are we kidding?

touseyd
touseyd

@Junebug you would be the only one. sapp revolutionized the 3 technique

JamesMartin
JamesMartin

@brighat  AMEN, Barber can't come out and say word 1 about Sapp. This is a non-article.

Jean
Jean

@teds61 TEE HEE barber is going to walk up to Sapp and call him out--that'll be tha day.

JamesMartin
JamesMartin

@RockStar I can't agree that it is a travesty that Sapp is in the HoF. Sapp is known for his mouth and he is delivering on his reputation. His comments here are honest and heartfelt. Strahan did in fact play the majority of his career again the right tackle and therefore the talent level was not as elite in the pass block department. Having said that, Warren i'm sure after the fact realized he was saying apples and apples and in hindsight should have been saying apples and oranges. This is really a small comment made silly but us overly analytical folks with nothing better to do than stroke keys and waste time :)

misterdeltoid
misterdeltoid

@RockStar Nailed it RockStar.  I'm an Eagles fan and should hate Strahan.  I just can't.  He was too good a player for too long and he always carries himself with class.

Ciscos
Ciscos

@btcvsolo Well said.

JohnScott2
JohnScott2

@JasonMacBride You think Sapp is a volunteer for the NFL Network?  At least Sapp is on a serious football show.  Strahan is just another one of the clowns on the FOX pre-game circus.  FOX - Flipping Obnoxious eX-players.

JagNative
JagNative

@Joebuckster Wouldn't you expect more sacks from the left, blind side, of the line? To get sacks with the QB watching just seems more difficult than sneaking up from behind.

How many sacks have you seen where the QB never sees it coming. Doesn't happen on the other side.

Jafari
Jafari

@Frotoon then why are you wasting your time reading about them and - further still - taking the time to sign in and post a comment?

laeva65
laeva65

@misterdeltoid @RockStar OMG! An Eagles fan this lifetime Giant fan can maybe respect, even like?

Learn something new every day.  Nicely said, man.