Goodell talks about 'snitch' claims

March, 26, 2012
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Last week, we told you about the Twitter war in which retired NFL defensive tackle Warren Sapp accused former New Orleans tight end Jeremy Shockey of being “the snitch’’ that started the NFL’s investigation into the Saints’ bounty program.

Sapp also made the same allegation on NFL Network. Shockey repeatedly has denied that.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was asked about the situation Monday night.

“I think I would say to NFL Network staff as well as anyone else, you better be sure of your information before you report it,’’ Goodell said.

Goodell also added: “I didn’t see (Sapp’s) comment. But he’s inaccurate. I’ll stop at that.’’

Goodell was grilled with several questions about who might have talked to the league.

“First off, you’re assuming it was a player?’’ Goodell said. “We had several sources on this. We’re not disclosing our sources.’’

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter



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