Sapp made his feelings known in an interview with DJ Vlad that has made rounds on social media.
“What makes him great?” Sapp said. “I beg anybody to show me the greatness in him. (Former No. 1 overall pick) JaMarcus Russell was great as hell when he got his $30 million dollars. And what’s his numbers this year? Is he playing great? Are the Giants playing great? Is there anything great in New York other than (New York Jets rookie quarterback) Sam Darnold right now?”
It is unclear when Sapp recorded his interview with DJ Vlad. Eventually, Beckham caught wind of Sapp’s comments and he responded like only he could: by showing a “little love”.
Beckham did Sapp’s signature touchdown dance in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 38-35 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. It was after his second touchdown of the afternoon against Sapp’s former team.
— New York Giants (@Giants) November 18, 2018
“I heard Warren was talking bad about me or something. Somebody told me,” Beckham said after the game. “I don’t know what he said or anything like that, so I just had to give him a little love. When people hate on you, you have to give them a little love.”
The Giants improved their record to 3-7, the same record as their fellow MetLife Stadium tenants. The Jets, who are on their bye week, have lost four games in a row.
Beckham was the first player in NFL history to record at least 75 receptions, 1,100 receiving yards, and 10 touchdowns in his rookie season. He walked away with the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. His rookie stat line is even more impressive considering he only played 12 games in 2014.
Beckham surpassed 5,000 receiving yards for his career in a loss to the Atlanta Falcons nearly a month ago. He is a three-time Pro Bowl selection and a two-time Second-team All-Pro.
Beckham’s 5,356 receiving yards are third in Giants franchise history. Amani Toomer and Hall of Famer Frank Gifford are the only Giants with more receiving yards. Beckham’s 43 receiving touchdowns are tied with Gifford for fourth in franchise history.
Beckham has only played 57 NFL games. His assault on the record books would be greater had he not missed 12 games last season due to injury. He has 69 receptions for 932 yards and five touchdowns in 10 games this season.
Sapp played 13 NFL seasons for the Bucs (1995-2003) and Oakland Raiders (2004-07). He was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and a four-time First-team All-Pro. Sapp was the 1999 Defensive Player of the Year and helped lead the Bucs to victory in Super Bowl XXXVII. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.
Sapp was fired from his job as an analyst for the NFL Network in 2015. He was arrested on charges of soliciting a prostitute and two counts of assault. The charges were later dropped.
– Curtis Rawls is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage and covers the NFL, the New York Giants, and the NBA. Please like and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Twitter. Curtis can be followed on Twitter @CuRawls203.