I bit my tongue yesterday, because I knew there is more to this. And there is. This just in: Randy Moss treated normal people like dirt, and acted like complete a-hole off the field (in addition to being a quitter on it), and in doing so, IMO earned his ticket out of Minnesota:
Moss had alienated some of his teammates with his brash, entitled behavior, most glaringly in an incident that occurred in the team’s locker room last Friday afternoon, Yahoo! Sports has learned.
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.”While Moss had his share of supporters in the locker room, some Vikings had grown disillusioned with his attitude. From the receiver's uneven effort in practice to his displays of self-centeredness off the field, some veterans believed Moss was becoming a bad influence to young players like second-year wideout Percy Harvin.
What Childress said to team Monday when announcing the cut:
This just doesn't fit with how we treat people, how we talk to people and how we act
AMEN. I am not a win-at-all-costs guy, I will not sell my soul to win. I need to be able to have respect for the key people on my team. I was not behind representatives of my team treating other people like dirt three years ago, and I won't be behind my team doing it today. Randy Moss has not changed from how he was ten years azgo, if anything he has gotten worse. Put me down as on Childress's side. I applaud him ridding the Minnesota Vikings of Randy Moss. It sucks that we lost a third round draft choice. It sucks that we have no deep threat. It sucks that we're 2-5. But it would suck more if we lost or souls, sold them out for just a mere scrap of talent (and a half-@$$ed one, at that).
Maybe our coach sucks too, and should be fired. But this is not a reason to fire him, and this is not a post about firing Childress, it is a post endorsing firing randy Moss. They are two completely different issues. Firing Childress now would send the completely wrong message to the world & the team.
I hope some of that people who were disgusted by the Love Boat, and (going furtHer back) some of the people disgusted with the attempt to sign Mossy Cade will side with me. I'm not comparing the size of the problem with those cases, but the principle is the same. The man does not represent what I believe the Minnesota Vikings should be. I perhaps could criticize Childress for signing the guy in the first place, but then I would have to be a hypocrite there too, because I originally applauded this trade. Like him, I thought Randy Moss had matured, had grown up. I was wrong. And besides, like I said above, the point I am trying to make here is that dumping Randy Moss was the right thing to do. Whether trading for him in the first place was the wrong thing to do is a seperate issue which definitely deserves discussion, but I am not taking it up in this post.
I may be flaming out my standing here (such as it is) in rather rapid fashion over the last couple weeks, with some unpopular opinions. I know Moss has a lot of fans, a lot of support, here. But I will not be a hypocrite. And of all ironies (for my personal history), it is because I am taking unpopular stands supporting management handling of player issues. But .. so be it