There is no doubt in my mind that the decision to shockingly waive Randy Moss has a variety of reasons behind.
For now, however, the decision to jettison Moss only a month after trading a third round pick to obtain is being blamed on some poor etiquette in the lunch line.
According to Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports Moss displayed boorish behavior during a catered lunch on Friday in front of the caterers themselves.
Silver talked to an anonymous Vikings player that recapped the embarrassing tirade in a way that made it sound like classless and inexcusable behavior.
The player said Moss yelled, “What the [expletive]? Who ordered this crap? I wouldn’t feed this to my dog!”
“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.”
The caterer was Gus Tinucci of Tinucci’s Restaurant, a well known establishment in Minnesota, was interviewed by Chip Scoggins of Access Vikings and his account was not much different from the player interviewed by Silver.
“[Moss] came walking up,” Tinucci said. ”There were a couple of guys that were in line. I knew Brett [Favre] put his helmet down. I met him carving. I was carving some meat for a guy and all of a sudden I heard all this screaming and I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ I knew who it was immediately. I looked up and there he was. [Moss said], ‘I wouldn’t feed this [expletive] to my [expletive] dog.’ I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it. It was quiet in there.”
“We just went about our business,” he said. “I had more compliments. The guys that were there and heard it and saw it, I think they were very appreciative of us being there. I wasn’t going to say anything because we appreciate being there. We want to come back there. What am I going to do, call him out? Go, ‘Hey, if you don’t like it, get the hell out or whatever?’ I’m in their house.”
“It looked good, like we always do,” he said. “I don’t know if he was starving for attention or what. But nobody laughed I can guarantee you that.”
“He just slammed us,” Tinucci added. “It wasn’t us personally because he doesn’t know us from Adam.”
Tinucci also said that one Vikings player told Moss to shut up and that two employees of the organization approached him to apologize.
First off, the one player that told Moss to shut up should be given a medal or a contract or something. Second of all, where is the “veteran presence” on this team if only one player had the you-know-whats to tell the new guy to shape up. Disgraceful.
Brad Childress told his team that “This just doesn’t fit with how we treat people, how we talk to people and how we act.”
That is all fine and good. But I still don’t understand why Childress would hire a guy who pretended to moon an entire stadium of people, squirted an official with his water bottle, and drove down the road with another person on the hood of his car and then expect to have him behave perfectly.
With Sidney rice a few weeks away at least from ebing able to return and Percy Harvin spending Monday in treatment for an ankle injury, the Vikings are again very slim at receiver following the waiver of Moss, which is now official.
This appears like it is just another knee jerk reaction that is not part of any grand plan but rather just an off-the-cuff action taken by a team that is quickly getting desperate.