Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall hit back at former NFL player and current NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp on Monday, three days after Sapp controversially referred to Marshall as a "retard."
Friday on The Dan Patrick Show, Sapp leveled the loaded charge at Marshall when criticizing current players' knowledge of the NFL's past.
“These kids that play the game today have no relevance for the past, have no conscious of what it is,” Sapp said, according to The Chicago Tribune. “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 responded by posting two videos on Twitter. In the first, which garnered more than 10,000 views in 14 hours, Marshall hammered Sapp on everything from his divorce to filing for bankruptcy. Via the Tribune, here's part of what Marshall said in the first video:
“Listen, I got a very disturbing heads up on something Warren Sapp said. He called me ‘retarded.’ 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 all can 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 about being a great father, because one day I’m going to have children, because he’s not active in his children’s life. The lesson that we all should learn here is surround yourself with good people and be careful who you take counsel from. ... And guys like Warren Sapp, I feel sorry for. So hopefully, one day he’ll change his life. We’ll pray for him. Instead of using words to destroy, he may use words to uplift.”
Fourteen minutes later, Marshall posted another video, tweeting at Sapp that he was "holding you accountable."
"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," Marshall said. "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.”
Later, Marshall tweeted that Sapp emailed him in response to Marshall's videos:
So @warrensapp just emailed where and when. I assume he wants to fight. Exactly what I'm talking about. #comeonmannn
— Brandon Marshall (@BMarshall) September 24, 2012