*After Michael Strahan was announced as one of seven players elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Warren Sapp claims he apologized to the former Giants linebacker for comments he made four days earlier questioning his Hall of Fame eligibility.
Sapp, a 2013 Hall of Fame inductee who currently works as an analyst for NFL Network, said he approached Strahan on Saturday night to apologize.
“I hugged him and wouldn’t let him go,” Sapp said Sunday on NFL Network. “I said, ‘Please forgive me.’ I said, ‘Dumb Lex Luthor came to the city of Gotham and pulled Superman’s cape. How foolish could I have been, my man? Please forgive me.’
“If he tells the story any different, he’s lying to you, America, because I sure did apologize. I’m going to beg for forgiveness because there’s a party in Canton, and I promise you, I’m not going to miss it.”
Sapp didn’t say how Strahan reacted to his apology.
Strahan recorded 141.5 sacks, the fifth-highest total in NFL history, in his 15-year career and set the league’s single-season record with 22.5 sacks in 2001.
Sapp, a seven-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman who had 96.5 sacks in his 13-year career with the Buccaneers and Raiders, made headlines Tuesday when he questioned Strahan’s Hall of Fame credentials.
“I don’t think his résumé stacks up,” Sapp said. “Four straight Pro Bowls and a mythical sack record. When you really measure it up, he comes up short, except you all are giving it to him.”
Strahan fired back at Sapp this past week, saying that the “tiger does not pay attention to the opinion of the sheep.”