|Shockey's been cleared by the big guy in the league office. (US Presswire)|
Much ado was made last week of comments from Warren Sapp that Jeremy Shockey was the "snitch" in the Saints bounty scandal. Sure, our own Mike Freeman shot down Shockey as the snitch as soon as Sapp came out strong, and, sure, Shockey had a text from Sean Payton to prove it wasn't him.
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Sapp skated from any major punishment, as the NFL Network decided not to fire him. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked about Sapp's naming of names on Monday at the owners meetings and said that Sapp was "inaccurate" in his belief that Shockey was the snitch.
"I didn't see his comment," Goodell said. "He's inaccurate, so we'll start with that."
Goodell didn't just classify Sapp's naming of Shockey as "inaccurate," though he did do just that. He also said it was inaccurate to name a single "snitch" and that it was several sources who provided the information to the league office.
And finally, Goodell believes that Sapp's characterization of the word "snitch" is wrong. And Goodell is spot-on here -- portraying whoever informed the league office of the Saints violations doesn't deserve a negative connotation attached to his/her name.
Instead, that person/those persons helped contribute towards stopping some incredibly unsportsmanlike behavior from a team that was clearly out of control.