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Updated: June 4th, 2010 3:28pm
Shiancoe says friendly feud with Sharper is over ... for now

Shiancoe says friendly feud with Sharper is over ... for now

by Tom Pelissero
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Visanthe Shiancoe says we'll all see the seriousness of his Twitter feud with ex-teammate Darren Sharper on Sept. 9, but the Minnesota Vikings tight end made clear on Friday the back-and-forth in recent weeks has been about competition, not animosity.

"That's my boy," Shiancoe said of Sharper, the New Orleans Saints safety. "But at the same time, we're very, very, very, very, extremely competitive guys. We're competitive. ... He was my locker mate for three years, so we know each other well. We hang out, things of that nature. But when it comes to on the field ..."

Asked if the war of words is about boosting TV ratings, Shiancoe said, "I don't get paid for ratings. Indirectly, but I'm getting paid what I get paid regardless. Maybe I'll get paid more if he puts up that check," referring to Sharper's suggestion about wagering their game checks.

Shiancoe then paused and added, "I can't talk about this too much, man" -- a seeming indication he's been told to tone down the rhetoric more than three months before the season begins.

"I'm not going to get all into that," Shiancoe said. "But you guys'll see how serious it is on (Sept. 9).

"I said what I have to say, and I'm done with that for a little bit. So, we'll see what happens in the future, though. You never know what'll reinvent itself. ... So, stay tuned, how 'bout that?"

UPDATE: Apparently, Sharper is done, too, after Saints coach Sean Payton told him to cool it.

"He had a few words for me," Sharper said, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "He asked me to tone it down. ... I'm done with that. I'm gonna be like Jay-Z said: Be like LeBron, be too big to respond."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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