Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 9/24/12

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 26: Warren Sapp #99 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates the victory over the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII on January 26, 2003 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Buccaneers won 48-21. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Warren Sapp getting himself into trouble by saying dumb things is nothing new, but that doesn’t mean the subjects of his criticism can’t take it personally. Brandon Marshall is furious with Sapp, and rightfully so. During an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show” Friday, Sapp called Marshall a “retard” while ranting about how players in today’s game don’t respect 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 CBS Chicago. “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 (inaudible), 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.”

This did not make Brandon very happy. When the Bears wide receiver found out about the comments on Monday, he took to Twitter to post two video responses (which you can see here and here). CBS Chicago transcribed a portion of what Marshall said.

“That’s really disappointing to hear that from an NFL Legend,” Marshall said. “But I’m going to take this as a lesson. 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.

“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 kids, because he’s not active in his children’s life. The lesson that we should all learn here is to surround yourself with good people and be careful who you take counsel from. I’m not saying he’s been there on my side giving me counsel. That’s not a guy that I can go to.”

Considering the circumstances, Marshall handled himself about as well as you can after someone calls you a “retard” for no reason. After posting the video responses, Marshall also sent out the following tweet:

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

It’s tough to tell what exactly Sapp meant if that’s indeed what he wrote, but would it surprise you if he was trying to fight Marshall? This is the same guy who was reprimanded for making a major accusation against Jeremy Shockey and also the same guy who rips former teammates for no apparent reason. If I was Marshall in this situation, I’d mail Sapp a muzzle and leave it at that.

H/T The Big Lead
Photo credits: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE, Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

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