Sunday, January 9, 2005
Updated: January 10, 1:22 PM ET
Moss pretended to moon crowd after scoring
ESPN.com news services
Randy Moss didn't leave Lambeau Field before the Vikings' playoff game was over Sunday. He still was in the middle of controversy, however.
Moss -- whose reputation is still smarting for skulking
off the field with 2 seconds left in a loss in Washington last week
-- pretended to pull down his pants and moon the crowd after
scoring on a 34-yard touchdown pass from Daunte Culpepper in the fourth quarter.
"Just having a little fun with the boys a little bit," he told
Fox after the Vikings' 31-17 wild-card victory over the Packers. "I hope I don't get in trouble by it, but if I do I'll take
According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Moss can expect some "heat" from the NFL.
|Moss' celebration caused a firestorm of controversy after the game.|
When asked for a reaction to the touchdown celebration, an NFL spokesman told Mortensen: "Randy Moss can expect to be hearing from us."
Also Sunday, an ESPN interview with Moss did little to discount criticisms of his selfishness.
Earlier, Moss said -- in a roundabout way -- he was sorry about
the negative reaction caused by his early departure from the field
at Washington in the regular-season finale. This time, though, none
of his comments could be characterized as apologetic.
"Defenses don't frustrate me," Moss said. "My team is what
frustrates me. A defense can't frustrate me. What frustrated me is
seeing us not doing what we're supposed to do."
Moss clarified that quote by claiming he was concerned solely
about the Vikings' offensive success, as opposed to catching a
certain amount of balls.
But in brushing off a question about center Matt Birk's
confrontation with him in the locker room following the loss to the Redskins, Moss said he wasn't listening to Birk's rebuke and that he really didn't care what his teammate said.
He also gave a rather ambiguous answer when asked if he thought
Minnesota was the right place for him.
"Do I want to be traded? No. I have my times when I think I
want to," Moss said. "It all has to do with the frustrating part.
... There's something that's unfinished here in Minnesota that
started since my rookie year."
Moss, with his hair poofed out in a giant Afro, had four
receptions for 70 yards and two touchdowns.
Moss wasn't the only Viking to go the huge hair route. Running back Larry Ned, left tackle
Bryant McKinnie and defensive lineman Darrion Scott joined him in a movement that Moss led last season for a home game against Kansas
Afros, by the way, stands for America's Finest Receivers on Sunday. At least to the Vikings, it does.
"It seems to be working, so we might keep it," McKinnie said.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.