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Warren Sapp has some choice words for Jadeveon Clowney

The Hall of Fame apparently isn't a fan of the prospect's work ethic and said as much on Monday.

Warren Sapp doesn't approve of Jadeveon Clowney's work ethic.


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Warren Sapp just put Jadeveon Clowney on blast.

The Hall of Famer was on NFL Network on Monday and gave his opinion of the consensus top prospect in this year's NFL Draft. And to put it lightly, it wasn't good.

"My grandfather taught me something a long time ago," Sapp said on "NFL Total Access." "You will never get more money by doing less work. I look at Jadeveon Clowney's (game) tape and I don't see a guy that is playing with his hair on fire, making plays, running up and down the field sideline to sideline, doing all of the things."

OK, that's one way to look at it. Sapp was joined on the show by former NFL fullback Heath Evans. The latter also had some things on his mind, especially regarding Clowney's refusal to work out privately for NFL teams. He had a reason to do that after Clemson tackle Brandon Thomas suffered a torn ACL during one such workout, but it appears that Evans wasn't deeply moved.

"There's just so many little things about this kid that deter you from getting on his side," Evans said. "This kid turns down private workouts? He said 'Well, I don't want to get hurt.' You should be training harder on the day that you're not at a private workout than how hard they would work you on the private workout."

Sapp agreed.

"You can blow your knee out walking your doggy," Sapp said. "So why would you not work out for a team that has $20 million-plus for you?"

Oh well, you can't please everyone. We can just add these complaints to the mountain of doubts and slights thrown in Clowney's direction since the draft process started.

We'll just have to wait and see if any of those statements will affect the Texans' decision when it's time for them to make the No. 1 selection in next month's NFL Draft.

(H/T to USA Today for the story)

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