As the stunning story of Randy Moss’s impending departure from the Minnesota Vikings evolved yesterday, several reports indicated that his teammates were disappointed and even angry with coach Brad Childress’s decision.
But a consensus doesn’t mean unanimous, and Yahoo! Sports’s Michael Silver offered a different side of the reaction to the Vikings’ plan to waive the enigmatic receiver less than a month after he was acquired from the Patriots for a third-round draft pick.
According to Silver’s story, titled “Boorish Behavior Also Contributed to Moss’ Demise,” when Childress informed the players during a team meeting Monday that Moss would be released because ““we want good people that are good football players,” several nodded in approval.
Silver writes that Moss “had alienated some of his teammates with his brash, entitled behavior,” and cites a particular incident that occurred last Friday in the locker room when a local restaurant catered a post-practice meal at the team’s training facility. Writes Silver:
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!”
The source described the scene to Silver as “brutal”:
“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 report also notes that there was some feeling within the organization that Moss’s behavior during his four weeks with the Vikings had been a negative influence on young players such as Percy Harvin, who was one of those reportedly livid by Moss’s departure.