Earlier this week in what seemed to be a gesture of appreciation to one of football's great, defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan decided to change his number to No. 99, the same digits that Warren Sapp donned for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"I always grew up watching Warren Sapp," said Jernigan to ESPN.com. "I looked up to him. I definitely wanted to model my game after him."
But for some strange reason, the very outspoken Sapp wasn't thrilled at all by the change.
@Ravens how do I stop this??— Warren Sapp (@WarrenSapp) May 26, 2016
There really wasn't an immediate explanation for Sapp's rude response, other than the possibility that it was just simply Sapp being Sapp and speaking his mind. But now that Warren has had a chance to elaborate and offer some more context, things have become a bit more clearer.
Speaking to PewterReport.com, Sapp told the site about his previous dealings with Jernigan, and how his amicable advances had been turned down.
And that was it. Per Sapp, Jernigan hasn't spoken to him since 2014.
Not only is Sapp a little miffed about the radio silence on Jernigan's end, but he also wishes that Jernigan would've considered the magnitude of picking a first ballot Hall of Famer's number.
"Go out and make a name for yourself for you," Sapp said. "Don’t go and use a first ballot defensive tackle that you will now be judged against. Are you kidding me? Who signed up for that?"
So with the backstory now emerging, do you think Jernigan was in the right, or the wrong?