FOXBOROUGH -- Here is the remaining portion of Randy Moss' interview with reporters in the locker room at Gillette Stadium today:
How much are you looking forward to, after the season, clearing your name?
ďThatís the one thing I want to do, because throughout this whole season, everything has been positive. Why would I bring something negative on? Come on. What weíre trying to do, and hopefully whatís going to happen if we do things right in the next month, I would never Ė as much as I care and love the game of football and love my teammates and coach, I would never put myself or them in a situation of something like this.Ē
Does this make you want to change who you hang around with in the future?
ďNo, because Iíve known this young lady 11 years. So if this is supposed to be a friend of mine, change what? Iíve known you for 11 years. I know all you men and ladies here [in the media], if youíve known someone for over 11, 15 years, you wouldnít think in your wildest dreams that something like this would happen to you.Ē
Is she trying to get money out of you?
ďOver an accident Ė six figures.Ē
ďIím going to end it at that. Iím going to end it, because I do not want to get in trouble.Ē
In general, though, how hard is it to sway public opinion when these things come up?
ďItís hard, because of everything Iíve been through, mostly the negatives, off the field. Itís really hard for me to sit up here and say that Iím innocent. Battery Ė I didnít hit no woman. Iíve never laid my hands on a woman. So for you to say battery, now I think if there was such a thing in the court system as an accident, then thatís what Iím guilty for. But for you to say I physically, or in an angry manner Ė whatever the manner may be Ė put my hands on a woman physically, Iíve never done that.Ē
Are people going to believe you?
ďI think the best thing is to check my resume, ask around. Iíve never hit a woman. I do not hit women. Thatís not what Iím supposed to be doing. I have a job to do, thatís to provide for my family and help raise my children. Thatís what I do.Ē
Are you disappointed in the timing of this?
ďIím very disappointed in the timing. Iím disappointed at the timing first, of myself, for being able to be in this situation. But knowing someone 11 years, itís hard to avoid that because I wouldnít expect someone like that to do me like that.Ē
She said she wanted medical attention and that you denied her medical attention.
ďShe lives in her own house and has her own vehicle, so how could I deny her medical attention. Does that make sense? She has her own house. She has her own car. So how am I going to deny someone medical attention when you live by yourself and have your own vehicle.Ē
What made you go to Bill and were you happy with the way he responded to it?
ďNo, I canít never be happy because this is something negative, a black cloud hanging over my head. Thatís something I did not want coming into the season, is anything negative. Everything I tried to do Ė from getting here early, and making sure I eat the right food, all the way to practicing and playing good, I wanted all that to be an A-plus.Ē
(more on why he went to Belichick)
ďI just thought, look at all of this [assembled media]. The only reason I went to Coach was because I knew the magnitude of something like this, how it was going to take off. Like I said, if Iím guilty, I am truly sorry and I am going to stand up for what is right, I really am.Ē
What would you say to this lady, face to face, if you saw her today?
ďMan, I donít want to get into that. Iíve known this woman 11 years. Know what I mean? I donít wish anything bad on this woman. Thatís the love I have for her as a friend. Even though these allegations are false, or whatever sheís claiming, I mean I really canít be mad at that, because if thatís what sheís doing, thatís what sheís doing. If sheís hurt and she needs money, thatís on her.Ē
Is it safe to say that the friendship is over?
ďIt has to be. Yes, the friendship is over. Like I said, Iím not mad, Iím not bitter, I am mad at this situation of extortion. Yes, I am mad about that. But for something friendly, an accident to occur, I mean it happens. Stuff does happen.Ē
What was the accident?
ďIím not going to get into that. Thatís for you all. Listen, this is the last thing Iím going to say. One thing Iím going to say and Iím going to end it. You all are going to make judgments. You all are going to say what you all want to. Today, tomorrow, next week, you all are going to say whatever you all want. But make sure, and very sure before you rush to judgment, that you know what youíre talking about before you say it. Thatís all Iím going to say. I appreciate it.Ē