Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Fox denies Vikings request to pull Buck from booth
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Fox Sports turned down Minnesota Vikings owner Red McCombs' request to remove play-by-play announcer Joe Buck from
Sunday's divisional playoff game at Philadelphia over his
sharp criticism of wide receiver Randy Moss.
After Moss caught a touchdown pass in last weekend's win at Green Bay, the wide receiver celebrated in the end zone by pretending to pull down his
pants and moon the Packers fans before briefly wiggling his back
side against the goalpost. Buck immediately called it a
McCombs said that statement was out of line. A
two-sentence news release issued by the team said McCombs felt
Buck's comments "suggested a prejudice that surpassed objective
Dan Bell, a Fox spokesman, said the network has "no intention
whatsoever" of removing Buck.
"We hope Mr. McCombs enjoys Joe's play-by-play call Sunday,
because he'll be in the booth," Bell said.
McCombs, whose office is in San Antonio, was not immediately
available for further comment.
Buck, during an interview on Sporting News Radio earlier this
week, stood by his criticism.
"I have nothing against Randy Moss," Buck said. "I don't even
know the guy. I just know that with the history that he's had, and
coming off that game at Washington, it was just stunning to see
Moss drew plenty of negative scrutiny the week before for
walking off the field in frustration while his teammates lined up
for an onside kick with 2 seconds left in a 21-18 loss to the