By all accounts, Patriots receiver Randy Moss put on a show after his team’s win over the Bengals on Sunday. We’ve posted a couple of items with portions of his comments. The Patriots have just circulated the full comments. Here they are, unedited and presented as distributed by the Patriots. (It’s rather long so we’ll put most of the transcript after the jump.)
RM: Before I get to questions, I’d like to say something. I’ve been here
for three years. This is my fourth season. I understand the business
and the nature and I understand that you all have a job to do. When it
comes to football, I take my job seriously, I say [that] time and time
again. But I think there is, I don’t really want to say here in the
organization, but I think around here in the New England area, a lot of
people don’t want to see me do good. And the reason why, I don’t know. I
really don’t care. But I just want to let you all know, you all [are]
the ones that are doing all the writing, all the pen, the pad and ink. I
don’t have any. So, anything that I may say will get blown out of
RM: (continued) Earlier in the week, I got asked a question about me being
here and me being unhappy. And me being unhappy doesn’t have anything to
do with me toning my game down. I’m here, and I understand my role. My
role is to take the ball deep and take the top off the defense. I think
earlier in the week, a lot of people were coming at me wrong about me
being unhappy. That’s like, for instance, if you worked for somebody,
everybody in here you work for somebody, unless you are independent, and
if you’re boss comes to you, sometimes you want your boss to tell you
you’re doing a good job. That’s every man or woman who works for
somebody. You want your boss to come through and be able to say he read
your column last night or this morning. He liked your column. And that’s
just the way [it is] with football. If you do a good job and think that
you’re doing a good job, you want to be appreciated. I really don’t
think that, me personally, that I’m appreciated. I don’t want you all to
take anything out of context that I’m saying because I am a man and
this is a job. I take my job very seriously, to heart. I want to let you
all now and I want to let the fans, the real fans of the New England
Patriots know, I’m not here to start any trouble. I’m here to play my
last year out of my contract. And I’ve said time and time again, before I
signed my first contract here, I want to be here in New England.
There’s a great group of guys here. Well coached group here. And I never
said that I wanted to leave New England. But I think that a lot of
things that have been written or been said are looking at me in a
negative light. And I don’t want it to be in a negative light. I just
want everybody to understand, you can print it. I don’t care how you put
it on your ink, I want to be here as a Patriot. I love being here. But I
just think from a business standpoint, this probably will be my last
year here as a Patriot. And I’m not retiring. I’m still going to play
some football. I just want to get that off my chest and let you all
understand that this is a business. Now I’ll open it up for questions.
Q: Why do you think that people don’t want to see you succeed?
RM: I’ve got a long history. My history has nothing to do with
anything too, too bad. Everybody has a certain mystique about them. I
guess that people just don’t like the way that I carry myself. If that’s
what it is, then that’s what it is.
Q: What people are you talking about?
RM: I don’t know. I read. You might not be one. You could be
one. But I’m not pointing fingers at any man or woman. I’m just telling
you straight up. We’re football players. Everybody’s not going to write
in their column today everything’s going to be positive. There’s going
to be some negatives. I’m just thinking that the journey that I’ve taken
to get to where I’m at, 13 years, I don’t really feel that I’m very
liked. And I’m not saying from you all. I don’t really give a damn if
you like me to be honest with you.
Q: Do you mean the fans?
RM: Listen here, what I’m trying to say is, I get a lot of
negative publicity on any word that I say. For instance, the word that I
used this week was ‘unhappy.’ And I don’t know who took it, but word
got back to me that that started a domino [effect] about me being
unhappy. But then I just told you all about you working for somebody and
you having a boss, you would like to feel appreciated. I’m not saying
that I’m not appreciated here. But I would like to feel that sometimes.
This is the last year of my contract. Nothing has been discussed.
There’s not been anything said. Not a letter. Nothing. I’m not saying
that I want to stay here, but I love playing here. If the future of my
job let’s me go to another team, then that’s what it’s going to be. But
for right now, I’m still in a contract for the New England Patriots, and
I have a job to do. So I’m going to play my year out and do the best of
Q: Do you understand how bad this looks after a 38-24 win to stand up here and talk about the contract?
RM: I can honestly say this, ‘I don’t really talk much.’ And I
don’t want to take away from the win. But I think that before this
season gets started, I don’t want it to be week 10, week 11, week 12,
and we’re sitting here talking about a contract. What I want to let you
all know is, I know this is the last year of my contract and I’m here to
play it out. And I want to play some damn good football. That’s
basically what I’m trying to tell you. I don’t want to wait until week
12 or 13. Every week is not going to be good for me. I have two and
three guys on me sometimes. I don’t wait until week 9, 10 or 11 that I
have a bad game, and now the tables turn on me. ‘Oh he doesn’t want to
be here.’ That’s what I don’t want to happen. I’m not disrespecting the
organization. I’m not disrespecting my teammates for the victory that we
had today against the Cincinnati Bengals. But I think that this is my
first time talking this year, and I want to get it out there. I’m
definitely not being disgruntled or disrespectful. Like I said, this is
my first time talking.
Q: But it’s going to get spun that way.
RM: Somebody’s going to spin it. Anything that I say is going to
get spun around. I’m not trying to take away from the victory that we
had today. It’s been a long offseason for us. Bill [Belichick] put us
through a lot of hard work. From a physical standpoint, I’m paying for
it. The victory today that we had against the Cincinnati Bengals was
definitely well deserved because we prepared for it. By me ramping off
for me as an individual, like I said, I don’t want to take away from
what we did. I just want to get it off my chest because this is my first
time talking this year. You’re not going to hear much from me this
year. That’s basically what I’m trying to tell you. So I’m getting it
out of the way now.
Q: So if the organization comes to you and offers you a contract extension, would you sign it?
RM: I don’t want to talk about contracts. I just want to let you
all know that I’m here to play my last season out. If an opportunity
later on in the season presents itself for me to be a New England
Patriot, I will accept that. But if it doesn’t, I must move on. That’s
basically what I’m trying to tell you. Like I say, week 9, 10 or 11 down
the road, I don’t want things to fall back on my lap. This is week one,
so I’m trying to get it out there right now. Everybody can print it
however you copy it.
Q: What if that opportunity presents itself this offseason?
RM: This offseason? I don’t really want to get to that. I’m 33
years old. I think that when you’re brought into this league earlier,
you’re played off what you’re capable of doing. I’ve already showed that
I can play still at a high level at age 33. For me to be offered a
contract after this season is over, I think that would be a smack in my
face. So I don’t even really want to get into that.
Q: So do you think it’s time to go somewhere else?
RM: Regardless of what I’m sitting here saying, you all are
going to write what you want to write. All I’m saying is I’m not here to
start any trouble. I’m going to play my year out to the best of my
ability and try to play some damn good football. That’s what I trained
myself to do this offseason to play some damn good football and help
this team win. And that’s what I want to do.
Q: What did you mean that this offseason Bill Belichick put you through a lot and you’re paying for it physically?
RM: He never let up. We started out from OTAs. You local writers
know that [in the past] Bill has given me maybe a day here or there
off. I haven’t [had] any. From a physical standpoint, I’m kind of
feeling [it]. It’s nothing bad, it’s just old age, I guess.
Q: What part of your old age body is feeling it?
RM: Probably legs. Low back, legs. That’s nothing that a massage
and a cold tub won’t cure. I’m not young. I’m old. For us to go out and
play on this grass and pound on this turf, doesn’t really feel good.
I’m happy to be in this position. I’m very blessed, as I say time and
time again. I just want to make the best of this. I don’t want this to
be a negative. I want this to be a positive. Win or lose, I still want
to come out and play some good football.
Q: Tom Brady has gone out of his way to say that he wants you and he appreciates you. How much does that mean?
RM: It means a lot coming from Tom. He’s the face and the leader
of this team. We do a lot of talking daily. Tom knows how I feel about
this being my last year. Bill might call me into his office tomorrow,
but then again, you all know that this is my first time talking this
season. I’m not going to be up here talking every week. And you’re not
going to find me in the locker room. Well you’re going to find me, but
you’re not going to get me to talk because I’m not here to talk. I’m
here to play. It’s definitely very, very helpful for Tom to come to my
defense saying that he wants me here because I love playing here. I
don’t want to leave here. I don’t. But the business aspect of it, I’ve
got to look out for me and my family. So that’s where I’m coming from.
Q: Do you feel like you were misunderstood after the team charity event when you had headphones on?
RM: I really don’t want to get into it. That’s more in-house. So
we just take it. Whoever wrote what they wanted to write, and my music
was playing whatever I wanted to listen to.
Q: From our perspective, it looks like you just came off your best camp in New England. Would you agree with that?
RM: Since I’ve been here, yes. And that’s why I’m very excited
about this season. The Cincinnati Bengals are a good football team. They
won their division. They’re a playoff team. So for us to be able to
come out and play some good football, we can hang our hats on today. But
we have a great task next week with the Jets. Hopefully, Baltimore will
beat them up pretty good. Or beat each other up Monday. So we can get a
good game on Sunday. I’ve definitely been up and down just because I
don’t know what to except. The only thing I can do is take care of me.
And that’s to go out here and prepare each day, work hard, and do
whatever I can to help this team win.
Q: Are you excited to see Darrelle Revis next week?
RM: Am I excited to see Revis? I think I am because there was a
lot of talk last year. And I’m not taking anything from him. He did do
some good things last year to be the shutdown corner that he is. And I’m
not scared to say this–I prided my offseason on Revis. Like I said, I
take pride in what I do, but what he did last year was something that
even opened my eyes up as a wide receiver; that there’s a cornerback out
here that I really have to be on my A game. So I prided my offseason on
staying off of Revis Island.
Q: If you would talk more frequently, do you think you could
resolve some of the issues and misconceptions about what people write
RM: If I honestly cared about what you all write, I think I
would be up here talking to you every day, every single day. I probably
[would] have a couple of [your] phone numbers in my phone and vice
versa. But I really don’t care.
Q: You seem upset.
RM: I’m not upset. No, I’m not upset. This is my 13th year. This
isn’t my 2nd or 3rd year. You know what I’m saying. My 13th year in the
league, anything that I might say might most of the time get blown out
of context or get blown out of proportion. By the word that I used, me
being ‘unhappy,’ it’s not that I’m mad or trying to be disgruntled. I’m
hurt. You give me a word.
Q: You said not being wanted.
RM: That’s a good way to put it. I don’t want anything negative
to come out of this like it usually does. You know what I’m talking
about. I don’t really care about a lot of the extracurricular stuff that
you write. I know me. I know what I’m here for. I’m definitely excited
about this season. I don’t want people to take away from that. So that’s
why I said I wanted to get it out week one and not wait to week 11, 12
or 13 down the road to get it out.
Q: Do you expect to get called into Bill Belichick’s office tomorrow?
RM: If I do, then I’m just going to have to explain to Bill how I
feel. Put it like this: it’s already going to be headlines anyway about
me talking about my contract. Then again, I really don’t care. It’s a
job. This is a business. If you understand the business, then you’ll
understand where I’m coming from. But if you don’t understand the
business, this is not football. Football leaves you in college and high
school. This is a job. If you understand the nature of this job, then
you understand where I’m coming from. That’s all I’m saying. I’m old.
I’m not ready to leave the league yet, but I still have a family to
provide for. All I’m saying is, if I’m wanted here, I want to be here.
If I’m not going to be here, then that’s it. It’s as simple as that.
That’s all I’m saying.
Q: Do you have a good relationship with Robert Kraft?
RM: It’s fair. Mr. Kraft is a busy man, and he’s not seen around
here a lot during the week. But on the weekends, he’s here. We have a
relationship. Is it where I want to be or where he wants it to be? I
don’t know. I really don’t know how busy his schedule is, but as a
owner, we have a fair relationship.