Wednesday's locker room media access session began with Randy Moss holding court in front of a large throng of reporters to address reports over allegations of domestic abuse.
Reports of an altercation between Randy Moss and a woman he's known for 11 years surfaced on the Internet yesterday after a Florida radio station first aired the news. The information available indicates that Moss is being charged with hitting a woman and then preventing her from seeking medical assistance.
According to Moss, those claims are untrue and based on financial reasons.
"It's something I've been battling for the last couple days, threats of going public if I didn't pay 'X' amount of dollars," Moss explained to the media. "Before people rush quick to judgment, I think you need to find out the facts about what is really going on. This young lady, by no means, is hurt. I didn't hurt her."
According to Broward County, FL court documents, Moss was the target of a temporary restraining order taken out by the plaintiff, Rachelle Washington. (link to the documents on The Smoking Gun )
Moss insisted that he wouldn't do such a thing as the allegations leveled against him claimed. Moss explained to the media that he believed the issue came up because the woman wanted financial compensation to keep the matter private.
"In my whole entire life of living 30 years, I've never put my hand on one woman, physically or in an angry manner," an emotional Moss said. "All I know is a friend of mine, a young lady, had an accident where she hurt herself and they called my attorneys, to trying to get 'X' amount of dollars out of me and if we don't get 'X' amount of dollars, we're going to go to the press before this game.''
Moss took questions two different times during the media available session. Each time he insisted that he was innocent and the charges were unfounded. Moss went on to explain that he brought the matter to the attention of head coach Bill Belihcick last week (before the Jacksonville game), and Belichick told him to focus on football and they would address the allegations after.
"I brought it to [Belichick] and said 'Look coach, I'm being threatened to do something that I have no idea of what I need to be doing.' I was told to just focus on playing football and then I'll handle this once the season is over."
Moss vowed to sort things out once the season finally ends. The Patriots play the San Diego Chargers in the AFC Championship game this Sunday in Foxborough for the right to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl is scheduled for February 3, 2008. Moss' hearing for this case is reportedly set for January 28, 2008 (Super Bowl week).
"Whenever the season is over, I plan on sitting down and really getting to the bottom of this," said an emphatic Moss.
Moss regretted the attention his personal issues gathered and asked that the media respect his teammates who Moss said didn't know anything about the matter until yesterday's report surfaced.
"As much as I love the game of football and my teammates. I would never put themselves or myself in a situation like this."
With Moss typically only available to the media one day per week, this is probably the first and last time fans will get to hear his side of the story until after Sunday's game. For now, Moss is gong to take his coach's advice and focus on football. After a 1 catch, 14-yard performance against the Jaguars last week, improved focus for the All Pro could be a necessity if his team is going to have a chance to win on Sunday.
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