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Brandon Marshall fires back at criticism from Warren Sapp

Former NFL defensive tackle and current NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp has had a few misadventures on radio lately.  Most recently, he has sparked a back and forth with Bears receiver Brandon Marshall by calling Marshall a “retard.”

“These kids that play the game today have no relevance for the past, have no conscious of what it is,” Sapp said on Friday’s edition of The Dan Patrick Show.  “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 the past, it’s about me.  It’s about personal success, pay me, and now I’ll think about being a team guy.”

Marshall responded through a video he uploaded on Twitter Monday morning.  Via the Chicago Tribune, here’s what Marshall said:  “I got a very disturbing heads up on something Warren Sapp said.  He called me ‘retarded.’  That’s really disappointing to hear that from an NFL legend, but I’m going to take this as a lesson.  And 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.  When I look at 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 children, because he’s not active in his children’s life.  The lesson that we all should learn here is 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.  But that’s not a guy that I can go to.”

Marshall then posted another video, roughly 15 minutes later.

“It’s one thing to give constructive criticism but when you talk down to someone, you’re rude to someone, you think you’re better than someone, that says a lot about who you are – not as far as outwardly, but deep in your soul,” Marshall said.  “So, it seems like it’s a bigger issue, and 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.  Just like I’m held accountable. I’ve made my share of mistakes, and I’m going to continue to make my mistakes, but I’m never going to put myself on a platform or a podium where I think I’m invisible or untouchable.”

We’ve got a feeling that’s not the end of this one.