TAMPA — Warren Sapp began the day by saying Dolphins guard Richie Incognito called him the n-word during a game. It ended with a pair of former Bucs teammates accusing Sapp of being a locker room bully.
Sapp, who will be inducted into the Bucs' Ring of Honor on Monday, said Wednesday that Incognito used the racial slur in a 2006 game, when Sapp played for the Raiders and Incognito the Rams.
"He called me the n-word," Sapp said at One Buc Place. "I looked at him and said, 'You want me to slap you in the mouth so I get kicked out of the game right now?' I said, 'I got a better plan. I'm going to assault your quarterback, and they're going to cut your (expletive).' It's the trenches. Some guys teeter around that edge. But Richie? Nobody has ever had a question that Richie was a dirtbag."
Incognito used racial slurs in a voicemail this year to Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin, reports say, leading to Incognito's suspension this week by the team.
Meanwhile, Keyshawn Johnson, 41, and Chidi Ahanotu, 43, said Sapp, 40, had his own bully issues while they were teammates with the defensive tackle in Tampa Bay.
"Richie Incognito tormenting & bullying of his teammate reminds me of what our own beloved Warren Sapp did to his teammates & the staff at Buccaneers," Ahanotu, a Bucs defensive end from 1993-2000, wrote on Facebook. "Tyoka Jackson, Super Bowl MVP Dexter Jackson, Marcus Jones & Chidi Ahanotu all confronted Sapp & had physical altercations of varying degrees with Sapp. Virtually nothing was off limits to Sapp's verbal attacks & belittling of his teammates & front office staff."
Johnson, a Bucs receiver from 2000-03, told KGMZ-FM in San Francisco, "Chidi Ahanotu played with me in Tampa Bay, and I used to watch Warren Sapp do some similar things to Chidi Ahanotu. I used to watch him try to bully Chidi Ahanotu, okay? Because he felt he was more superior than Chidi. So one day, you know what Ahanotu did? He got up and he told him, 'Get your you-know-what in the middle of the floor right now. I'm tired of it.'
"At that point, guess what Sapp did? He sat down. And then everybody else in the locker room, me, the Derrick Brookses, the Brian Kellys, we all said, 'Good for you, man.' (Sapp) didn't want no part of it. Until you stand up for yourself and don't allow these chumps to do that sort of stuff … they'll keep doing it. That's the way bullies are."
Sapp, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, told espn.com, "I've been in the locker room with Chidi for many years. If you know the nature of the beast, don't be surprised by what it does. He had plenty of time to say whatever he wanted to say about Sapp up until this point. … I've been called everything under the sun in this town. This is the first time I've ever heard that, and why do you think that is?"
Sapp said he did get on Ahanotu for not coming to offseason workouts after signing a $30 million contract extension.