Moss' attitude costs him

Randy Moss has never been media friendly, but his attitude toward the media the last two weeks has cost him $25,000. His repeated refusal to talk is against league policy, and if it continues further discipline is possible.

Back earlier in the decade, there was such a thing as "Good Randy/Bad Randy" as it pertained to wide receiver Randy Moss. The Good Randy had to do with his play on the field. The Bad Randy had to do with his dismissive attitude toward the local media.

It hasn't been unusual for players to snub the media when they didn't feel like talking. Moss did it often and at whim. It was hoped that when he came back after years in Oakland and New England that had changed. If anything, it has gotten worse.

Moss has routinely not commented for the media following games. He didn't want to after the Jets. He didn't against the Dallas Cowboys. He didn't against Green Bay. Complicating matters is that, for the last couple of weeks, he hasn't even spoken while in the locker room during the open media session.

Even more frustrating was that reporters (and, by extension, fans who read what the reporters write) were hoping to get storylines involving Moss' return to New England. He was saying nothing. Unlike other high-profile players who have been impossible to get quotes from on Wednesday and Thursday of prep week – Jared Allen, for example, hasn't been in the locker room during open media time since Week 2 – Moss has sat at his locker the entire time only to deny repeated requests from local TV and print media for interviews. The standard question has been to ask if he has a couple of minutes to spare to speak. The standard response has been "I ain't talkin'."

It's little wonder that the media perception toward Moss has always been so decidedly negative. It's impossible to deny his on-field prowess. It just as impossible to deny that, when dealing media, Moss remains the same surly person he was back when he was being coddled by Dennis Green along with Cris Carter and Daunte Culpepper. There was a feeling back then that there was a set of rules for those three and a set of rules for the other 50 players on the roster. Since those days, there have been many changes in the Vikings locker room, but seemingly no change in Moss' behavior.

His boorish behavior finally came to a head to this week. When approached on Wednesday to speak, Moss again said "no" to the request, prompting one reporter to ask why the other 52 players in the locker room all speak to media and Moss won't? He didn't take well to it, saying, "I'm done man. Y'all get up out of here" before a public relations representative shooed away the assembled media members.

A complaint filed was filed by the media with the league, claiming that Moss has repeatedly refused to cooperate with the news media, which is a violation of league policy, his contract and the league's collective bargaining agreement. On Friday, Moss was hit with a $25,000 fine.

Will that be enough to get him talking? Knowing Moss' history of defiance, even when going with the flow would make his life much easier, don't bet on anything to change. It's just Randy being Randy. He claims to love Minnesota and feels like he's home, but, until he starts letting fans get a little insight into what is going through his mind, he will maintain the same media interpretation – that he is locker room cancer that will negatively affect young players.


  • The NFL fine police hit the Vikings with a total of $80,000 this week. In addition to Moss' $25,000 fine and Brad Childress' $35,000 hit for speaking out against referee calls in Sunday night's officiating debacle, offensive tackle Phil Loadholt was fined $20,000 for a facemask penalty against Packers LB Clay Matthews in the Vikings' final drive of the Packers game Sunday night.

  • Three Vikings were listed as questionable on the final injury report – Brett Favre (foot/ankle), Lito Sheppard (hand) and Chris DeGeare (ankle). Six others are listed as probable – Steve Hutchinson (quadriceps), John Sullivan (calf), Pat Williams (quadriceps), Chris Cook (knee), Husain Abdullah (concussion) and Letroy Guion (hamstring).

  • Two Patriots were listed as out on the final injury report – RB Fred Taylor (toe) and safety Jarrad Page (calf). Four others were listed as questionable – WR Deion Branch (hamstring), DE Mike Wright (knee), S Patrick Chung (knee) and WR Matthew Slater (ankle). As always, Tom Brad was listed as probable with an alleged right shoulder injury.

  • Mike Singletary is catching heat from the London media after making a reference to Sunday's game with the Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium being his team's "finest hour." The London media has made comparisons to the quote to a similar quote made as Brits braced for the Blitzkrieg attacks of Adolph Hitler's Germany and haven't found the comparison of incessant bombing that killed thousands of British civilians to a football game a favorable one. At least he didn't drop his pants this time.

  • It is looking more and more likely that a decision as to who will start at quarterback Sunday won't come until after noon Sunday when the Vikings go out for warmups. Our money still resides with Favre. Whether he finishes the game is another story, but we're on the side that, at the minimum, he will start.

    John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

  • Viking Update Top Stories