It's too bad the NFL reqires that its players only have their last names on their jerseys and not allow them to freelance like the Ex-FL did with its players. If so, Randy Moss could make a legitimate claim to the He Hate Me jersey.
The NFL and Moss have had a stormy relationship ever since he joined the league. First, the NFL dissed Moss by not inviting him to the 1998 NFL draft, even though the league knew he would be a first-round draft pick and potentially taken in the top five.
As his star rose, the league attached itself to him, using Moss in league promotions for games and ad campaigns. Moss found this a little disingenuous and has never been a marketing star because of his thug image.
The league's love/hate relationship with Moss came full circle following the 1999 season when he was fined for squirting a referee with a water bottle -- a punk move of the highest order. However, since then, Moss has become the whipping boy of the NFL's fining policy.
Keep in mind that former San Francisco 49er wide receiver Gene Washington oversees fines in the NFL and, as a decent receiver but nowhere near Moss' skill level, it has been theorized that jealousy of Moss at the same position he played in the league has caused Washington to go harder on him than other players.
Last season, Moss was fined for touching the arm of a referee -- a negligible call to begin with, but one that has been done many times by many players without a fine being assessed. Friday, Washington and the league struck again -- fining Moss $10,000 for taunting on his second score of the game.
The problem with the fine and the penalty on the play was simple: Moss wasn't taunting anyone. Was it a punk move to stop of the 5-yard line and dance into the end zone? Yes. Was it worth a $10,000 fine and a 15-yard penalty? No.
In an era where touchdowns dances are choreographed and players taunt quarterbacks and fans with sack celebrations, it seems Moss' antics were little more than that. Yet, because he's Randy Moss, he gets slapped with a $10,000 fine. It's time for the NFL to quit being so stifling when it comes to their inane policy about what is taunting and what isn't. If you're going to fine Moss, you better fine every Packer who does a Lambeau Leap. That's more taunting than a touchdown shuffle from the 5-yard line.
* Corbin Lacina practiced Friday, but hasn't made enough improvement to start Sunday, according to one Vikings coach. Kailee Wong and Byron Chamberlain both practiced for the first time Friday and both are expected to start.
* VU has been told by Vikings medical personnel that the cartilage damage in Chamberlain's knee will likely require off-season surgery to repair.
* Michael Bennett has once again been named the starter for Sunday night's game.
* The Bears have downgraded Anthony Thomas from questionable to doubtful for Sunday's game. James Allen took all the snaps with the first team Friday and is expected to get the start.
* One more note on the Moss fine. He gets fined $10,000 for celebrating a touchdown and Patrick Chukwurah and Luke Pettitgout get fined $5,000 and $7,500 for a fight late in Monday night's game that got both players ejected. Let's see -- fighting and partying. Which is worse? If the partier is Moss, you can figure it out.
Moss Fined 10 Grand
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