When Warren Sapp filed for bankruptcy earlier in the year, Buccaneers fans everywhere were enraged that their former favorite player had lost his Super Bowl ring from the 2002 season. We all got over it and forgot that Sapp lost such a prized possession until he showed up for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 year Super Bowl reunion last Sunday — and his ring was miraculously found in time for the event.
No one even remembered about his lost ring until a reader of the popular Buccaneers fan blog JoeBucsFan.com noticed that there was something awful shiny on Sapp’s finger which raised the question: did Sapp really lose his ring, or did he “misplace” it until the event he knew was coming?
“Is it so unbelievable that I misplaced my ring?” Sapp said in April. “I wore it for 365 days, and we had a 7-9 season [in Tampa Bay in 2003] and I went to Oakland and I took it off. You never saw me with it anywhere. The only time I brought it out was when the NFL Network wanted us to wear it.”
Buccaneers fans everywhere rolled their eyes at the stupidity of the court that actually bought this line of b.s. from Sapp. He very well could have lost the ring, and could have been wearing a replica or one of a teammate that couldn’t participate in the event (*cough* Ronde Barber *cough*). But the chances are that Sapp didn’t lose the ring and suddenly became aware of the fact he didn’t have it out very often (at least in front of a camera) and used that as his excuse for “losing” the ring.
All in all, no one’s really going to care about this for long. But it is an interesting footnote to a story that had some people scratching their heads a few months ago when Sapp reported the item missing — turns out the thing was in the couch with the remote the whole time. Isn’t that just the darndest thing?