Editorial: Moss should be benched after incident

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 27, 2002

Poor Randy Moss. He’s just driving along, minding his own business, when he’s pulled over, cuffed and thrown into the back of a squad car &045; and for no good reason!

At least, that’s the way the 25-year-old Vikings wide receiver makes it sound.

&uot;By the time the woman told me to turn back into the lane that I turned in, it was too late,&uot; Moss said Thursday, the day after he was released from jail for pushing a traffic officer half a block with his car until she fell onto the ground. &uot;The woman had me confused as to what I was supposed to do. There was no conversation. … All I know is the cuffs are slammed on me, and I’m in the back of the cruiser.&uot;

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He was confused? Then why didn’t he stop the car, roll down the window and ask what he was supposed to do? That’s what anybody who doesn’t think they’re above the law would do. Ramming a traffic cop with a car is a strange reaction to being &uot;confused.&uot; Moss says he wasn’t looking for trouble. He must have no clue what trouble is, then, because anybody else could see he was asking for it when he kept his Lexus in drive.

When he left jail Wednesday morning, a reporter asked him if he was sorry. Moss asked what he was supposed to be sorry for.

It’s obvious Moss feels he did nothing wrong. That, in itself is incredible; surely as he was using his car to force a person backward down a city block, it occured to him that he wasn’t following traffic laws.

Although the Vikings will fine him, and he may face repercussions from the NFL, he’ll be on the field Sunday in Seattle, as head coach Mike Tice has decided not to bench his star receiver.

Moss has been in trouble before, and no amount of fines, bad publicity or public criticism has affected him before. Maybe holding him out of a game would have shown him that his actions have consequences. But Tice has chosen to demonstrate to Moss, the rest of the Vikings, the NFL and the fans that Randy Moss can do whatever he wants and get away with it.