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Harris responds to Sapp's comments

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Tommie Harris responded to Warren Sapp's critical comments by agreeing with the former Buccaneers and Raiders defensive tackle in a somewhat cryptic conversation with two Sun-Times reporters.

"I don't have any awareness," Harris said in the Bears locker room.

It was obvious Harris didn't want to get dragged into any type of controversy, especially with someone he knows and he said he talks with on occasion.

His take? Sapp was doing his job as an NFL Network analyst when he told WSCR's "Mully and Hanley Show" on Wednesday morning that Harris was like a "blind dog in a meat house."

When asked if he was surprised that Sapp was critical, Harris said, "No. He's doing his job."

Sapp remains close with ex-Buccaneers defensive line coach and current Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. Is it possible that Sapp was just trying to motivate Harris on Marinelli's behalf?

"He can't motivate me," Harris said. "He doesn't cut my check. He could've called me and fired me up."

As for Sapp's contention that Harris needs to "set the stage" for Peppers, Harris again agreed and said that has been the Bears primary goal all along. He also said the opposite is true. Everyone one the defensive line has to help each other.

"Tell him not to lose my number," Harris said, which was perhaps a reference to his preference that Sapp call him personally rather than call him out on the radio.

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"He can't motivate me," Harris said. "He doesn't cut my check. He could've called me and fired me up."

So we know what motivates Harris. His pay check. The last part of that quote is intresting. "He could have called me and fired me up" You see at one point the Bears where going to bring in Sapp to work with Harris last year. Sapp tried to set it up, by calling Harris time and again. Tommie never returned his call, Tommie ignored the player who was trying to help him. Tommie can't handle criticism, he responds by pouting.

WELL THE JURY IS OUT, THE BEARS PLAY DALLAS NEXT, SO WE WILL SEE IF MR. HARRIS WILL POUT OR PLAY?
I SAY HE WILL PLAY, AND HAVE A CAREER BREAKING GAME, HE IS UPSET SO THAT IS A GOOD SIGN, IF HE HAD SAID, I DON'T CARE WHAT WAS SAID, I WOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT THE PRIDE OF OKLAHOMA, LOOK FOR HIM TO HAVE A GREAT GAME!

It's a blast to watch guys like Sapp and now Harris play football. What's amazing about this world we live in is that anyone would continue to stick a microphone under their nose and broadcast the results. In Sapp's case they pay him for it. But then again I never did find time to watch the movie Dumb and Dumber.

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