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Commissioner weighs in on Sapp, Super Bowl

Updated: October 19, 2003, 1:55 PM ET

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said Tampa Bay defensive tackle Warren Sapp was "lucky to be playing" Sunday because of his recent mistreatment of officials.

Sapp was fined $50,000 this week and threatened with suspension after the league reviewed his conduct over a three-game period. The fine came after the six-time Pro Bowl player bumped an official on his way into last week's game against Washington.

"He had been warned explicitly by the coach and his organization ...

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