Sapp, who earlier said Martin made the right decision to go public with the issue, apparently harassed fellow defensive lineman Ahanotu for six years while they played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. One day Ahanotu had enough, and he challenged the seven-time Pro Bowler to a physical altercation, which caused Sapp to back down and earned the respect of teammates.
In response to Johnson’s comments, Ahanotu explained to the same radio station in San Francisco that Sapp liked to bully everyone in the Buccaneers facility .
“Talking about my dad, and that’s when I said, ‘OK, that’s it man.’ I grabbed my helmet and I was about to beat his head in,” Ahanotu admitted.
The event goes to show that cases of bullying in the NFL are likely never reported, and victims are often left to fend for themselves. Sapp has earned a reputation as a hothead, but one can only imagine his behavior in the chaos of the Oakland Raiders’ locker room from 2004 to 2007.
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