Warren Sapp photographed wearing Super Bowl ring on Dec. 9. Photo Credit: Yardbarker.com

Former NFL star lies about losing Super Bowl ring

Published On December 13, 2012 | By Kimberly Petalas

Former right defensive tackle Warren Sapp seems to have lied about losing the Super Bowl ring he won with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002 after filing for bankruptcy.

Sapp retold the story in April of how exactly he lost the ring.

“Is it so unbelievable that I misplaced my ring? 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.” Sapp explained.

His story seemed to hold true, but then it became a bit strange.

“We were at the Super Bowl, and I thought I handed it to someone, and he said I didn’t. I checked my luggage to see if it was in a side pocket. I checked my suit to see if I put it somewhere. What was I going to do? Yell and scream because I lost a ring? That ring didn’t make me a champion. Derrick Brooks, Simeon Rice, Ronde Barber, Brain Kelly, Dwight Smith. That crew made me a Champion,” Sapp said.

This story was believable up until last weekend when Sapp was reunited with the Buccaneers on Dec. 9. He was photographed wearing his Super Bowl ring.

Some believe he may have had a replica made, but most people believe that he was hiding it so he didn’t have to sell it during the liquidation process.

Do you think he was lying about losing the ring? Sound off in the comments below.


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Kimberly graduated from Hofstra University in December 2012. She has been a sports fan her whole life and grew up around sports, whether it was playing or watching them. She started her writing career interning for her local newspaper, The Gardner News, where she currently works as a reporter. In college, Kimberly wrote for Long Island Report, as well as Her Campus Hofstra.