(CBS) Brandon Marshall is not happy.
The Bears wide receiver blasted former NFL star and current NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp on Monday morning for calling him a “retard” on The Dan Patrick Show Friday.
Sapp used the word while on a rant about players in the game today and he specifically referred to Marshall.
“These kids that play the game today have no relevance for the past. Have no conscious of what it is,” Sapp said. “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.”
Listen: Sapp Calls Marshall A ‘Retard’
Sapp’s comments are confusing, especially because it was just two weeks ago when Marshall was reciting historic wide receiver records.
Monday, after getting wind of Sapp’s remarks, Marshall fired back in two videos he filmed while driving his own car. The wide receiver openly criticized Sapp for filing for bankruptcy, filing for divorce and not being involved in his children’s lives.
Listen: Brandon Marshall’s Comments To Warren Sapp
“Good morning, world,” Marshall said in the video. “Listen, I got a very disturbing heads up on something Warren Sapp said. He called me ‘retarded.’ That’s really disappointing to hear that form an NFL Legend. 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. Football doesn’t make us. There’s more to life than just playing football. Make sure you have a great balance in your life and surround yourself with good people. Guys like. Warren Sapp, I feel sorry for. Hopefully, one day he’ll change his life. We’ll pray for him. Instead of using words to destroy, he’ll use words to uplift.”
Minutes later, Marshall posted a second video where he talks about holding Sapp accountable.
“All we can do is try to encourage him to be better, but at the same time, we’re going to hold you accountable, Warren,” Marshall said. “Just like I’m held accountable. I’ve made my fair share of mistakes and I’m going to continue to make my own mistakes, but I’m never going to put myself on a platform or podium where I think I’m invisible, untouchable. Warren, take this as words of encouragement and not words to criticize you or destroy you. This is out of truth and love.”