It is a difficult transition from playing sports to reporting about them.
There are two ways it can go down. Either the athlete is very bland because he is scared of offending any of his old teammates and becomes a homer to players and teams he likes or he just tells it as it is.
Either way they will always get some push back. Warren Sapp doesn’t hold his tongue and he definitely has some sort of grudge against the Raiders and Chaz Schilens was tired of hearing about it.
Larry Brown Sports picks it up from here.
“Warren Sapp is a fool,” Schilens said, apparently bothered by Sapp’s disrespect of the Raiders. “That dude is stupid. He played for the Raiders 20 years ago, no one cares what he says, nobody likes him, he’s a joke … Everyone on this team thinks he’s a joke. So, he can make his predictions next week, and we’ll watch ‘em and we’ll go out and win. … That’s about it.”
Sapp had his feelings hurt and went on the offensive. He responded via his Twitter account.
“Ok Just Woke Up From My Tuesday Slumber. Who’s Chaz Schilens ?? Oh Wasn’t He Just On DWTS? Did He Win??”
“My Bad! I Looked Ole Chaz Up, 8 & 6 Starts His 1st Two Yrs. ONE Start In Last 2yrs, Better Start a Career Before It’s Over!”
“And someone tell Chaz I left High School 20yrs ago! And in my 4th year I had Pineapple in my Diet!”
Weak retorts on Sapp’s part, mainly because he didn’t speak to the point Schilens was making, that he is wrong about the Raiders.
What Sapp has done in his playing career is irrelevant to the point of if he is being fair in his assessment of Raiders.
Sapp is being biased because dislikes the team. It is ok to dislike the Raiders from when he spent time there, but give them credit when credit is do.
That is what a responsible journalist would do if they don’t want to be seen as a joke.