Thursday, August 18, 2005

So Much for the Honeymoon

We hate to say that we told you so, but we did. We just figured it would take longer than a week.

Raiders receiver Randy Moss is now going to be under the watchful eye of the NFL after making a few incriminating comments on HBO. Moss could not wait to brag about his street credibility and how he keeps it real by admitting that he still smokes marijuana.

But, of course, only in the offseason.

"I have used, you know, marijuana ... since I've been in the league," Moss said in an interview for HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel scheduled to air Tuesday night. "But as far as abusing it and, you know, letting it take control over me, I don't do that, no."

Vikings running back Onterrio Smith looked like an idiot when he was caught with a "whizzinator" at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. At least he was trying to hide his drug use. Moss went on television and admitted to the world that he still likes to spark up during the offseason.

What in the name of Todd Marinovich could have been going on in his mind? (Other than, "Where the hell is the pizza delivery boy?")

When pressed whether he still smokes marijuana, the star receiver with the checkered past said: "I might. I might have fun. And, you know, hopefully ... I won't get into any trouble by the NFL by saying that, you know. I have had fun throughout my years and, you know, predominantly in the offseason."

Yeah, the NFL typically has a pretty good sense of humor about that whole drug-use thing. They will likely look the other way. And we will be selected as the Raiders new managing partner. Moss will avoid the NFL's drug testing policy because stupidity is not considered an offense. But the wheels of a Moss melt down have been set in motion.

"But, you know, I don't want any kids, you know, watching this taking a lesson from me as far as 'Well, Randy Moss used it so I'm going to use it.' I don't want that to get across. Like I say ... I have used (marijuana) in the past. And every blue moon or every once in a while I might."

This comes off about as sincere as Lawrence Taylor’s cameo in The Water Boy when he tells a group of kids to not smoke crack.

Moss's agent, Dante DiTrapano, proved that he was no Drew Rosenhaus said HBO was trying to intentionally damage the player's reputation. He said Moss was talking about past use in the interview.

"In an attempt to promote their dying network, they have maliciously couched his remarks in a manner that is confusing and leaves room for negative interpretation," DiTrapano told The Associated Press. "Randy is not in the NFL substance abuse program (yet) and has complied with all urinalysis required by the league, the team, insurance companies, endorsers, etc."

Did he really blame it on the editing? That is typically the recourse of those media-whores that appear on the Real World. Have Moss do some sit-ups in the driveway or something. Odds are that "faulty editing" is not going to fly with league officials.

Congratulations Oakland. You thought you were getting a reformed receiver who was going to help your club back to the promised land. Instead, it is just the same Randy Moss, making the same mistakes again. It will not take long for him to take off plays, criticize quarterback Kerry Collins, and run over a meter maid.

Well played, Oakland.

1 comment:

Charger Ray said...

Lol. I love it. Here's to another disfunctional season in Oakland!