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Following his release and eventual signing with the Carolina Panthers, McCoy said the Bucs displayed a lack of respect by quickly giving his No. 93 jersey to newcomer Ndamukong Suh. Sapp, who won Super Bowl XXXVII with the Bucs, was critical of the former Tampa Bay defender's comments, claiming McCoy's resume isn't on par with past legends.
"The way I look at it, the thing that kind of threw me sideways was Gerald talking about now that this organization doesn't have a right (to give away his jersey), or it's business that they moved on," Sapp told PewterReport's "Pewter Nation Podcast." "You know ... they moved on. And then he wanted to say that Sapp, (Derrick) Brooks, Lee Roy (Selmon), (John) Lynch, Ronde (Barber), nobody wore their numbers. Last time I checked, those were Hall of Famers and champions. We didn't go to one playoff game with (McCoy) and not one damn divisional title, so, I think he owes some of those hundred million dollars back ... in that sense.
"If you're going to put it up against the badasses that run this bitch before you, you better put up some chips in this game because that's the way it is ... No Defensive Player of the Year, I mean that's what Brooks ... did and that's what Lee Roy Selmon is. Lynch got his name in two damn Ring of Honors. What am I missing here, Gerald? You're talking about something silly. Come on, man -stop. If you're mad, you're mad, but don't put it on the organization that the organization did it."
Sapp, a Hall of Famer himself, added the Buccaneers had every right to give away McCoy's jersey after he left.
"Hey listen, we brought championships and divisional titles, and that's why that wall (on the Bucs' Ring of Honor) is marked up with our markings," Sapp said. "That's why nobody wears 55, 99, 47, 20, and 63 ... 40, the A-Train. Come on, man - fool - that's what that is. He's a nice guy - nice guys finish last. And that's why his jersey's getting worn (by Suh)."