Gnarly! Warren Sapp was attacked by a shark and lived to talk about it! The NFL Hall of Famer detailed his life-altering moment on the radio on July 28, and we are still freaking out about it! How did he survive?
This is insane! Warren phoned into the Rich Eisen Show one day after the incident to fill in the blanks on what happened. Apparently, Warren was diving for lobster when it happened. Lobster diving involves “free diving” and holding your breath for 45 seconds while looking through beds of coral for the little creatures, according to CBS Sports. Seems pretty simple. And it was an ordinary day for Warren, who has been lobster diving for the past three years, until he reached into the wrong coral!
“I go down, I grab the anchor line and I pull myself down because I got to get my naked 200-pound butt down to the bottom without expending too much energy so I can actually hold my breath for 45 seconds once I get down to the bottom,” Warren told the radio co-hosts. “So now I get down and I look, and I’m looking and I reach in there and I feel something soft and I pull my hand out, like uh-uh, I don’t like the way that feels. So then I looked over the top from the top hole to the bottom hole and I see him and I can see the dorsal fin and the tail and I said, ‘Oh that’s a shark in there!'”
“And I look out the side and I stick my hand back in the thing and now he’s out the backside where I can snatch him out. You know me,” he continued. OMG, that doesn’t sound like a good idea! “I snatched him out with right hand and then with my left I grabbed him by the tail and then he went to taking off and then I had him and he was going straight like away from me in a straight line,” he added.
And then what happened next will totally make you lose your mind! “I look up at [my friend] JC and I turn back and I’m almost out of air at this point. Man, this sucker turns back and he grabs my shirt and my wrist, I mean right underneath where if you slice them that’s the bad part, right,” he said. “So he’s right at that point and he globs down onto the top of my shirt and I snatch down. And luckily my shirt had the top of his teeth because that part came loose and he swung his bottom jaw to bite me and he knocked a nice little plug out.”
And a “little plug” is an understatement. A photo of the former NFL player’s shark surfaced on Instagram following the incident, showing a huge open wound that looked really deep. Ouch! “He got me to the gristle. It’s past the white meat. I should have went to the doctor, but … I’ll be fine. I’ll play doctor on myself for a week, I’ll be fine,” Warren said. “I wrapped it up, put some black tape on it and went back in, Rich. I had to go get the lobster.”
We’re pretty sure black tape won’t patch up this injury, and he may want to seek professional medical attention. But at least Warren will have enough lobster to last him while he heals!
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of Warren’s crazy shark story?