NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — If it wasn’t personal before, it definitely is now.
Hall of Famer Warren Sapp took his feud with Michael Strahan to a new low Wednesday when he made reference to the Giants legend’s “gap tooth” and challenged him to a one-on-one meeting anytime, anywhere.
“Pick the spot and I’ll come see you and you can have a dose of it,” Sapp said of Strahan on CBS Sports Radio’s Jim Rome show. “If you think that’s what it is, pick the spot and I’ll come see you.”
Sapp took issue with being called a “coward” earlier this week after criticizing Strahan’s Hall of Fame credentials — again — to the media. But Sapp said he was merely listing him below Walter Jones, Derrick Brooks, Marvin Harrison and Tony Dungy and didn’t deserve such a harsh reaction.
“He took it to a level that it didn’t need to be,” Sapp said of Strahan. “I was just talking about his resume. I didn’t say anything about his gap tooth or his ‘S’ words or his ‘F’ words that I don’t understand. What the hell is he saying? So if he wants to go personal we can go personal, but I was just stacking his resume against the class.”
Strahan played his entire 15-year career with the Giants and set the NFL’s single-season record with 22.5 sacks in 2001. He’s fifth on the all-time list with 141.5 sacks.
Sapp, who has slammed Strahan’s Hall of Fame candidacy before, was elected to Canton last year in his first time on the ballot. This is Strahan’s second time as a finalist.
“What did I say that was so bad?” Sapp said. “Tell me? That’s why I’m trying to figure it out. I was just talking about the class. He called me a coward, really?”
Maybe he should ask WFAN host and former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason, who thinks Sapp needs to take a long, hard look in the mirror.
“He doesn’t realize when he’s insulting people,” Esiason said of Sapp on Wednesday. “He’s insulted me. He’s insulted Michael Strahan now, he’s insulted other players, and he never ever looks in the mirror to realize what his words and how he delivers his words … and the weight that they carry and the sting that comes along with them.
“And quite frankly, I think he’s an embarrassment. He’s an embarrassment to anybody who’s ever played the game of football, because he feels like he’s on an island somewhere by himself. And his unprovoked attack on Michael Strahan is ridiculous.”
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