Moss likely to be fined for pretend mooning
By DAVE GOLDBERG, AP Football Writer
January 10, 2005
NEW YORK (AP) -- Randy Moss is almost sure to be fined for pretending to moon fans in Green Bay during a playoff win, according to NFL rules.
The league is looking into the star receiver's antics in Minnesota's 31-17 win over the Packers on Sunday and will announce its ruling later this week.
When asked whether the oft-fined Moss would be penalized again, a league spokesman recited NFL rules mandating discipline for ``obscene gestures or other actions construed as being in poor taste.''
A fine for the first offense under those guidelines is $5,000. Moss has not previously been fined for such action, but paid a $25,000 penalty in 1999 for squirting an official with a water bottle.
In the last year, the NFL has dealt with a couple of highly publicized situations that many fans found objectionable. There was the Janet Jackson breast-baring episode during the halftime show of the Super Bowl in February and the steamy ``Monday Night Football'' introduction this season featuring Philadelphia receiver Terrell Owens and ``Desperate Housewives'' star Nicollette Sheridan.
On Sunday, Moss caught a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and headed toward the goalpost. He then turned his back to the Lambeau Field crowd, bent over and pantomimed pulling down his pants.
``Just having a little fun with the boys,'' Moss told a Fox reporter as he left the field. ``I hope I don't get in trouble by it, but if I do I'll take the heat.''
Moss, making $5 million this season, declined comment Monday.
Vikings coach Mike Tice said he spoke Monday with Art Shell, executive director of the players' association.
``The league has called me,'' Tice said. ``I didn't see it until last night.''
Tice added he always thought of Green Bay fans as having ``a tremendous amount of class'' but that he didn't think they acted that way Sunday.
Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy said he saw Moss' action and, ``I thought it was kind of humorous.''
``It's not the kind of thing you want to see on national TV, but I understand what it was all about,'' he said.
``Anyone who has played in the NFC Central knows what that's about. The fans in Green Bay have a tradition in the parking lot after the game where they moon the visiting team's bus,'' he said. ``It's kind of a unique send-off.''
``I had seen it seven times because when I was with the Vikings, we lost to them seven times up there,'' he said.
Fox did not show a replay of Moss' display during the game.
``It was inappropriate to replay it in the context of the game,'' Fox spokesman Lou D'Ermilio said.
ESPN declined to show the replay Sunday because, ``in the end, we decided a conservative approach, taking a breath rather than rushing to air, would be prudent,'' spokesman Josh Krulewitz said.
Krulewitz said replays were to be shown Monday ``conservatively, based on the NFL's and the Vikings' reaction to it.''
Last month, Denver quarterback Jake Plummer was fined $5,000 for an obscene gesture.
Moss was originally fined $40,000 in 1999 for squirting an official, but it was reduced to $25,000 on appeal.
Moss verbally abused corporate sponsors on the team bus in 2001. That resulted in the team fining him $15,000 and forcing him to attend anger management classes.
In December of 2002, he was fined $1,200 by a judge after being charged with bumping a traffic officer with his car in downtown Minneapolis.
And last week, he was chewed out by teammates for leaving the field before the end of a loss in Washington. Center Matt Birk, one of the Vikings' leaders, confronted him and quarterback Daunte Culpepper also was upset.
Moss, his hair poofed out in a giant Afro, had four receptions for 70 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's game.
After Moss' second score and resulting show, Birk just shook his head and smiled.
``That's Randy,'' he said. ``You take the good with the bad.''
NOW they're taking it too far. It wasn't THAT bad! :bash: