Former NFL star Warren Sapp has filed for bankruptcy, according to TMZ.com.
Sapp, currently an analyst for the NFL Network, says he is millions of dollars in debt, and has lost his 2002 Super Bowl ring.
Much of his debt comes from missed child support payments and back taxes owed to the IRS. He owes a total of $6.7 million to various creditors, according to the website.
Sapp was also in the news this week for expressing a strong disdain for former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' orders to target players, as was captured on a recently released audio.
Sapp, who created a stir by saying he knew who talked to the NFL during its investigation of the Saints' "bounty" program and referred to the person as a "snitch," was indignant that a player had not spoken up sooner once he heard the audio.
In the audio, released by filmmaker Sean Pamphilon, Williams targets several San Francisco 49ers players in a defensive meeting before the teams' playoff game last season.
"This is the most heinous, egregious thing in the history of this game," Sapp told the Bay Area News Group of the audio, which included Williams saying players should target 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree's ACL. "Not for one second would I sit in a room and listen to someone say, 'We're going to take out someone's ACL' without standing up and saying, 'What the hell are you talking about?'
"The way you play defense isn't about malice. It's about putting you in fourth-and-more than you can handle."
While several other people around the league have reportedly said Williams' comments were not uncommon, Sapp called them "an anomaly – one in three billion."
When the news first hit of the investigation, Sapp claimed via Twitter he knew who had talked to the league, but used a word that did not indicate he was celebrating him coming forward, as he called him a snitch. Sapp said Jeremy Shockey was a source for the NFL's investigation, and Shockey immediately and repeatedly denied it.
Since Sapp works as a commentator for the league-owned NFL Network, Shockey called on the league to take action.
Gleason: I did not authorize audio release
Steve Gleason, the subject of the documentary that granted filmmaker Sean Pamphilon access to the New Orleans Saints, released a statement saying he did not authorize the release of the infamous Williams audio.
Gleason, a former defensive back and special teams star who suffers from the fatal Lou Gehrig's disease, was working with Pamphilon on the film documenting his battle.
"Sean Pamphilon and I have an agreement that all recordings ultimately belong to me and my family," Gleason said in part of the statement. "Nothing can be released without my explicit approval. I did not authorize the public release of any recordings.
"A multitude of feelings have passed through me. I feel deflated and disappointed. I feel frustrated and distracted. Nevertheless, these feelings will pass, and I will continue steadfast in my mission."
Gleason said his close relationship with the Saints earned the team's trust and, because, "I felt my relationship with the Saints was an integral part of my overall journey," he had Pamphilon film scenes of him with the team.
"The Saints trusted me and gave us unlimited access in filming, and I, in turn, trusted Sean Pamphilon," Gleason said.
Pamphilon has indicated he released the audio reluctantly and acknowledged it would damage his relationship with Gleason and possibly Gleason's relationship with the Saints and that he regretted it.
He said he did so because he knows of former players who have suffered post-career with serious head injuries. Williams in the audio targeted players, specifically talking of San Francisco's Kyle Williams, who had a concussion history, and also saying to hit Frank Gore in the head and target Michael Crabtree's ACL.
"If this story hadn't broken and been made public, I would not have shared this...." Pamphilon's blog reads. "… If it weren't for the fact I feel deeply that parents of children playing football MUST pay attention to the influence of men who will sacrifice their kids for W's, I would not have written this.
"… Some will call me releasing this audio for fame or money grab," Pamphilon wrote. "True haters will call it exploitation. People of character and conscience call it was (sic) it is: tru."
Report: Redskins already tutoring Griffin III
The Washington Redskins are apparently confident enough that they will select quarterback Robert Griffin III in the NFL draft that their offensive coordinator reportedly has several visits scheduled to see him.
Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was set to visit Griffin III in Waco, Texas, on Thursday night and several times after, according to a tweet from Comcast Sports Net's Chick Hernandez.
"Source tells me Redskins Kyle Shanahan in Waco Tx. tonite Will visit RG3 couple times each week for next several weeks.," Hernandez tweeted Thursday night.
With the Indianapolis Colts reportedly set to take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the first overall pick, the Redskins have been expected to take Griffin III with the second.
The most recent collective bargaining agreement doesn't allow coaches to meet with players during this period of the offseason, but they are allowed to visit NFL prospects in the players' hometowns or college areas.
So Shanahan's visits to Waco, where Griffin played for Baylor, would be fine.
Notebook: Sapp broke, still critical
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