So it turns out there was more to the Randy Moss release, as most of us assumed. From Mike Silver at Yahoo! Sports:

As is the team’s custom on Fridays, a local food establishment was invited to the training facility to serve a catered, post-practice meal in the locker room. In this case, a St. Paul restaurant that is a favorite of former Vikings center Matt Birk. As the proprietors helped serve chicken, ribs, pasta and other dishes to Vikings players, Moss paced up and down the serving line and loudly expressed his displeasure with the offerings.

According to one player who witnessed the scene, Moss yelled, “What the [expletive]? Who ordered this crap? I wouldn’t feed this to my dog!”

Said the witness: “It was brutal. The truth is, he deserved to be cut after that. It was such an uncomfortable moment. You know that feeling where you just can tell someone feels so small? That’s what it was like being there.

“This wasn’t a chain – it was a mom-and-pop restaurant, and you could tell it was their best stuff. They had a special carving station set up, and there were players and other support staff lining up to eat it. And [Moss] is at his locker saying, ‘You know, I used to have to eat that crap – but now I’ve got money.’ You just felt so sad for them. I had never seen anyone treated like that.

“And by the way, the food was actually really good.”

I’ll keep this short and sour. Moss is a clown. He’s always been and always will be a clown. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard stories of Moss belittling and embarrassing those who he obviously doesn’t consider to be as important as he is, and I’m sure there are dozens of other stories that have never become public knowledge.

What does surprise me is that no one said anything. I don’t care if Moss is a future Hall of Famer, if I’m in that dressing room, I’m speaking up. I’m telling him to shut his mouth and have some respect for hard-working people who aren’t as fortunate as he is.

If I were a ball boy in the Vikings locker room, I’d have walked up to Moss and told him to shut up. How is it that the other 52 active players on the Vikings’ roster, including Brett Favre, failed to cut him off?

And while I’m glad that the incident in question at least partly led to Moss getting released, that doesn’t do anything to repair the feelings of the caterers who presumably slaved away to earn future business from a big league sports team.

For those who say that this is just something spoiled athletes do, you’re wrong. I’ve been in many professional locker rooms and have interacted with hundreds of professional football, basketball and baseball players, and I’ve never seen a display of disrespect like that. It’s sad, because a few bad apples really do kill the reputations of pro athletes in general. Most of these guys are honest, good dudes. They make mistakes, but they usually respect other human beings.

Moss doesn’t. The most telling quote from the above snippet: “You know, I used to have to eat that crap – but now I’ve got money.” That’s Moss admitting that he has forgotten about his roots — he has sold out.

Like so many other NFL players, Moss’ story is one of rags-to-riches. Most of these guys never forget about the rags. Moss has. He barely knew his father, his mother worked long hours as a nurse’s aide. How would he feel if a patient spoke to his mother the way he spoke to those caterers?

Moss also has to stop and consider where he’d be had he not been unbelievably lucky in the world of genetics. How would he feel about the tongue-lashing he’d receive upon accidentally filling a Mercedes up with regular?

Comments (6)

  1. Thanks for the insightful journalism, Brad. I’m guessing you didn’t actually study journalism, by the way. If you had, you would have learned not to publish a critical personal attack on someone based on anonymous and unverifiable quotes. “According to one player…” and “Said the witness…” are not reliable lead-ins. Is the “player” the same as the “witness”? Do either exist? The worst part is that these are not even your own anonymous sources, but those of a different on-line blogger.

    It gets even better near the end, when you quote Moss to reach your conclusion. Except you don’t ACTUALLY quote Moss, you quote some anonymous person who claims to have overheard Moss who then relayed that to a blogger on another website! I’m no Moss fan. Truth is, i dislike him. But do you not feel at least a little shame trying to build a career as a journalist based on nothing better than unprovable rumors that you cite from another writer and treat as fact?

    • I’m yet to hear Moss or anyone else dispute the story. I have a degree in media studies from the University of Guelph and a diploma in journalism from Humber. Thanks for reading.

  2. G. Aetan makes a really strong point. Brad you just recycle things you’ve found online. More pointedly, you’re breaking the law by “quoting” Moss when you weren’t there to do so. Better yet, you say that Moss nor anyone else has yet to dispute the story, which is laughable! Aside from it being an inherently flawed argument, do you think Moss visits the score and reads your “work”? You’re lucky he doesn’t because he’d have grounds for libel if he did. Get professional if you wanted to be treated like one.

  3. Chris,

    The only laughable aspect of this discussion is your assertion that laws have been broken here. Did you just get the internet yesterday? We here at GLS truly appreciate your entertaining comments, but do you read any other blogs? If you did you’d see that what Brad has done here is a very common practice.

    In fact, Pro Football Talk–easily the most popular football blog–has essentially made a living out of writing quick blog posts identical to this one. A story is obtained from another internet source, players or coaches are quoted, and some opinion and analysis is sprinkled in.

    Brad credited Yahoo’s Michael Silver by not only linking to his story, but also including an excerpt. And the Moss quote that’s been referred to is from the same excerpt.

    You, my friend, need to get out more.

    • Haha, this is by far the most entertaining comment yet, Sean.

      The best part is that Chris thinks I’m saying Moss hasn’t disputed MY report, rather than the Yahoo! report which is a massive story.

      Gee, I hope someone doesn’t call the cops on me. Despite the fact that my combined seven years of journalism training assures me that not one thing in this article is libellous, there’s always a chance they could arrest me anyway.

      Of course, before they do that, they’d have to arrest the editor of every single major sports website in the United States and Canada, all of which linked to and re-printed chunks of Silver’s story, with proper attribution.

      But I’m probably okay. Last I checked, the cops had bigger things to deal with. Like, say, life-threatening e-mails sent to one’s place of employment.

  4. @Sean — I didn’t see that excerpt the first time. I should have reread it. But I only visit the score for my sports, save for mma news.
    @Brad — Sorry Brad. I honestly must admit that I have no idea what the laws are in regard to libel. I thought I’d just be a smartass and hassle you as I so often do. But I must admit, you guys told me what’s up.

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