On Monday Vikings head coach Brad Childress told his team they were releasing Randy Moss saying, "This just doesn’t fit with how we treat people, how we talk to people and how we act," a source told Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports. We've all heard stories involving Moss but the latest one to which Childress is apparently referring came last Friday when the team had food catered into the locker room.
On a usual Friday, a local restaurant supplied the food and set it up in the locker room serving it to the players. Moss, according to Silver, was very loud in expressing his displeasure for the food saying, "What the [expletive]? Who ordered this crap? I wouldn’t feed this to my dog!"
That rubbed some players the wrong way, according to one player who talked to Silver.
"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."
The player said Moss "deserved to be cut" after witnessing that.
I would be sympathetic to the Vikings here if Moss didn't come to Minnesota with a reputation for being a nuisance like this. The Vikings knew -- or should have known -- what they were getting in Moss. Now that it hasn't worked out they're going to blame his release on something they should (or did) have known about him from the start.