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NFL asks senator to remove Randy Moss mooning video from ad

Randy Moss makes a cameo appearance in a new campaign commercial from U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, and the NFL isn’t happy about it.

The ad for Feingold, who’s running for re-election in Wisconsin, includes footage of the 2005 incident in which Moss, then with the Vikings, scored a touchdown against the Packers at Lambeau Field and then proceeded to moon the crowd. It even includes the audio of broadcaster Joe Buck saying, “That is a disgusting act.”

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the league contacted the Feingold campaign about removing the footage, which Feingold did not have the league’s approval to use.

The commercial shows Moss’s antics, along with a couple other scenes of football players celebrating, and then features Feingold saying, “In pro football, they call this excessive celebration. And they punish it with fines and 15-yard penalties. It’s exactly the kind of behavior that corporate special interests and Ron Johnson are engaging in. They’re dancing in the end zone because they think they’re going to take down the U.S. senator who’s been named the No. 1 enemy of Washington lobbyists.”

The other footage in the ad appears to come from actors playing football players, and from a game featuring the Houston Gamblers of the long-defunct United States Football League. So Feingold probably won’t hear any objections to the rest of the ad.

But the NFL wants the Moss mooning out.

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46 Responses to “NFL asks senator to remove Randy Moss mooning video from ad”
  1. MACHINE GUN IBIZA says: Oct 5, 2010 1:57 PM

    If I was Feingold I would tell them it’s a “fair use” exception and put their time and energy on more important things.

  2. BenRapistberger says: Oct 5, 2010 1:58 PM

    It wasn’t even a mooning, it was a pretend mooning. Rumor monger.

  3. Phokus says: Oct 5, 2010 2:00 PM

    Actually, that Ad is pretty spot on, Wall Street pretty much mooned (and worse) the American people.

  4. Fantasia says: Oct 5, 2010 2:01 PM

    The NFL needs to lighten up.

  5. lebowski says: Oct 5, 2010 2:05 PM

    Players take a ton of crap from home team fans, a little fake moon was a harmless reply.

  6. WalkerB says: Oct 5, 2010 2:13 PM

    What is right is right…if you didn’t obtain the legal right to use the footage you shouldn’t use it!

  7. Black QB White RB says: Oct 5, 2010 2:14 PM

    even a senator cannot escape the all-seeing eyes of the Goddell crew………….heh heh heh heh

  8. Pack_Attack says: Oct 5, 2010 2:17 PM

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. See ya Russ and the rest of the liberals. (will I get banned again for this?)

  9. TheDPR says: Oct 5, 2010 2:18 PM

    Can we report this accurately please? Moss PRETENDED to moon the crowd and Joe Buck’s over the top reaction was “a disgusting act.”
    Buck is a baseball tool who has no business calling pro football games. His broadcasts are constantly saved by Aikman’s superior commentary skills and football knowledge. He’s painful to listen to and his comments in regard to Moss’s celebration were ridiculously overwrought.
    I don’t care about politics, though. In this country there are only two branches on the Oligarchy family tree and they both suck.

  10. _ROCKSTAR_ says: Oct 5, 2010 2:20 PM

    I don’t know what is worse…
    A Senator making a gaff like this??? He should be a Senator for breaking the law. It is copyrighted and he isn’t allowed to use this footage without permission.
    This isn’t a satire nor is it news. It is a commercial. Senator could be sued by NFL and Randy Moss.

  11. Strick says: Oct 5, 2010 2:20 PM

    Buck made that quote because he thought (as I did, at the time) that Randy was pretending to wipe his butt on the goalpost.
    He wasn’t. The celebration was harmless – and funny – and I’m a Packer fan.
    The ad sounds stupid, though…

  12. thirdandgoal says: Oct 5, 2010 2:23 PM

    @lebowski
    totally agree. i thought it was pretty funny, and spontaneous, vs some of the coreography you see out there these days.

  13. Phil Wright says: Oct 5, 2010 2:25 PM

    Anytime I have to watch a game that Joe Buck is announcing I hit the mute button.

  14. xxxsixeightxxx says: Oct 5, 2010 2:34 PM

    You cant even watch a game without hearing “Use of Video or images of the game without the expressed, written consesnt of the NfL etc,.” This guy cant adhear to that and people are suppossed to vote for him???

  15. HarrisonHits says: Oct 5, 2010 2:38 PM

    “Desperate times call for desperate measures. See ya Russ and the rest of the liberals. ”
    @Pack_Attack ,
    Liberals, conservatives, both main political parties are so hopelessly corrupt and broken that turning to either one and expecting things to improve is a guaranteed failure.
    They all need to go. Democrats, Republicans, both represent vast corruption and nothing else at this point.

  16. kilo31actual says: Oct 5, 2010 2:44 PM

    The ad for Feingold, who’s running for re-election in Wisconsin, includes footage of the 2005 incident in which Moss, then with the Vikings,
    Moss was with the Raiders in 2005.

  17. shinsnake says: Oct 5, 2010 2:45 PM

    Being that Feingold is a Democrat, he probably just assumed since the government was working to nationalize all private industry, that using the footage from a private entity wasn’t that big of a deal.

  18. TylerDurden says: Oct 5, 2010 2:45 PM

    I was watching this game when Joe Buck overeacted to this and made his foolish comment. As I recall Collinsworth even looked at him like he was a nine-eyed dog. And now, five years later I can honestly say that he’s still wrong and he should stick with baseball exclusively. Thanks for bringing this up.

  19. DH says: Oct 5, 2010 2:53 PM

    Correct me if Im wrong but Moss never actually Mooned the crowd, I thought he just simulated a pants pull down and moon gesture but his pants stayed up. Am i wrong?

  20. Mike McCarthy's Moobs says: Oct 5, 2010 2:55 PM

    1) Nothing wrong with Randy pretending to moon the Lambeau Field fans. I’m a Packer fan, and laughed at the time.
    2) Nothing wrong with Russ Feingold using a clip of it in his TV ad. Fair Use is a part of copyright law with substantial precedent, especially when it comes to making political statements. The NFL can whine all they want, but they don’t have a case.

  21. PurpleNGold says: Oct 5, 2010 2:57 PM

    Packer fans, sometimes families, moon opposing players as they leave the parking lot on the team bus. The NFL should consider these family values as expressed by the fans.

  22. shiftyshellshocked says: Oct 5, 2010 3:01 PM

    one of the greatest moments in Packer history.

  23. Bell63 says: Oct 5, 2010 3:08 PM

    Silly of him to use Buck’s stupid comment. The act itself was only offensive to thin skinned Packers’ fans.

  24. TominNH says: Oct 5, 2010 3:11 PM

    The NFL owns any and all broadcasts of NFL games. They can ONLY be used with the permission of the NFL and NFL Films!
    End of discussion!
    I thought it was a disgusting move on Moss’ part, but he’s behaved himself VERY WELL since he joined my Patriots! I just hope we can keep him!! AND I hope Feingold wins!

  25. The Real Shuxion says: Oct 5, 2010 3:13 PM

    # kilo31actual says: October 5, 2010 2:44 PM
    The ad for Feingold, who’s running for re-election in Wisconsin, includes footage of the 2005 incident in which Moss, then with the Vikings,
    Moss was with the Raiders in 2005.
    —————————————————————
    It was the 2004 season however the game took place in 2005 (Playoff game in January.)

  26. Erdessy says: Oct 5, 2010 3:13 PM

    kilo31actual says:
    October 5, 2010 2:44 PM
    The ad for Feingold, who’s running for re-election in Wisconsin, includes footage of the 2005 incident in which Moss, then with the Vikings,
    Moss was with the Raiders in 2005.
    ——————————————-
    Hey, Kilo31actual, it was January 2005, so it was the 2004 season but it happened at the end of the season in January of 2005.
    Moss was then traded in March 2005 to the Raiders.

  27. heavythumb says: Oct 5, 2010 3:22 PM

    the DPR said:
    “Buck is a baseball tool who has no business calling pro football games. His broadcasts are constantly saved by Aikman’s superior commentary skills and football knowledge.”
    Are you kidding? Aikman has been asleep for four years.
    I agree that Buck is awful and his reaction to Moss was over the top, but Aikman hasn’t had an ounce of enthusiasm for years now. The only time he even speaks is to pay homage or genuflect to the cowboys.

  28. Indyeagle says: Oct 5, 2010 3:26 PM

    PRETENDED to moon them, PRETENDED.

  29. JoaquinFenix says: Oct 5, 2010 3:28 PM

    And yes, Feingold is a Democrat.
    If it were otherwise, Mr. Smith would have told us all about it. The AP has been doing this for years.
    Keep it up, Mr. Smith; you’re almost a real journalist.

  30. JimmySmith says: Oct 5, 2010 3:30 PM

    Feingold voted for Obamacare, the Stimulus and every single tax increase in the history of his career.
    I could see why he would want to distract the voter’s attention with an attack ad.
    I would rather kiss Randy’s ass than vote for this clown.

  31. PaulKemp says: Oct 5, 2010 3:41 PM

    Now that is protecting the shield….

  32. In & Out Burger says: Oct 5, 2010 3:41 PM

    @Deb
    I agree. The fans should be able to elect an NFL government. Of course, I can’t imagine that NFL fans as a whole are very good at voting.

  33. CliveRush says: Oct 5, 2010 4:03 PM

    I would rather read about Moss making a catch in a big game. He is playing in a manner that portrays a man playing not to get hurt. No extention going across the middle. He does not make an effort if the ball is not in his belly and his blocking is terrible. The fans in Foxboro should moon him, or pretend to do it like he is pretending to play hard.

  34. jimmySee says: Oct 5, 2010 4:06 PM

    “The NFL owns any and all broadcasts of NFL games. They can ONLY be used with the permission of the NFL and NFL Films!
    End of discussion!”
    Actually, it’s not the end of discussion. There are many circumstances when use can be made of such material — or should property rights trump the first amendment?
    Sounds like you would support hanging someone for poaching the king’s deer.

  35. MUSTANGMIKE says: Oct 5, 2010 4:20 PM

    What kind of campaign manager thought you could just cut and paste product without approval? Don’t they know the NFL is king? Everyone must kiss the ring.

  36. Ralphie says: Oct 5, 2010 4:25 PM

    @JimmySmith says:
    October 5, 2010 3:30 PM
    Feingold voted for Obamacare, the Stimulus and every single tax increase in the history of his career.
    __________________________
    He also voted to allow backwoods inbreds like yourself the privilege of being allowed to procreate. That’s probably very bad also.
    Who do your kids take after more, you or your cousin?

  37. Profanity in ALL CAPS says: Oct 5, 2010 4:27 PM

    This makes me love Randy Moss even more.
    By the way, Russ, who won that game? and how many TD’s did Moss have?

  38. Profanity in ALL CAPS says: Oct 5, 2010 4:30 PM

    Russ Feingold is going to get absolutely destroyed in November. Bravo, Wisconsin. Get that moron out of there.

  39. Profanity in ALL CAPS says: Oct 5, 2010 4:33 PM

    did he say he was running as an Independent?
    sorry Russ, but people are not stupid. you’re an Obama ass kisser, and Pelosi ass licker.

  40. Fantasia says: Oct 5, 2010 4:43 PM

    Keep drinkin’ that stupid tea….teabagger.
    Whack jobs right-wing loonies.
    Caribou Barbie. Christine O’ Donnell…”I’m Not a Witch!….HA!
    And, that nut job from Alaska…Mr. 5:00 shadowy guy that wants to gut Social Security and the minimum wage.
    Randy Moss is a punk.

  41. Deb says: Oct 5, 2010 5:06 PM

    @In & Out Burger …
    Thanks for agreeing. Let’s me know my comment made a brief appearance. Would love to know where it went. Here it is again …
    That is brilliant!!! And creative.
    Other than one insipid guy getting all syrupy about family values, all we get are ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK ads from everyone. Now one side is running the other’s attack ads, freeze-framing and interrupting the attack to launch an attack on the attack!
    I’d much rather see football footage, even if it includes that pompous boob Joe Buck.
    Sheesh, I wish we could vote out that blackout-happy, sue-happy bunch of Emperor Goodell’s at NFL HQ.

  42. BigAlHeBDMan says: Oct 5, 2010 7:26 PM

    Packer fans, sometimes families, moon opposing players as they leave the parking lot on the team bus. The NFL should consider these family values as expressed by the fans.
    Just like purplengold says, that’s what Packer people do up there in the Heart of America. No Broadway, no Hollywood, No Bourbon Street, so they Moon folks for fun. Randy SIMULATED their actions. To properly moon, one must pull down one’s pants, which he clearly did not. He was only having a little fun with the Packer faithful after scoring a TD because that’s what they do in reality to opposing teams. Goodness gracious! Get a life. I think the NFL fined him for is actions, which I think was bunch of bs. After all, it was their hated rivals.

  43. ham61 says: Oct 5, 2010 7:45 PM

    Are you all CRAZY! we cant talk about what Moss did or the NFL gods will bring their wrath down on us! “This telecast is copyrighted by the NFL for the private use of our audience. Any other use of this telecast or of any pictures, descriptions, or accounts of the game without the NFL’s consent, is prohibited.” o darn im not even allowed to use their copy right statment

  44. GB3Pack4 says: Oct 5, 2010 7:56 PM

    Feingold is just different.
    Real.
    Uncomfortably.
    Different.

  45. o says: Oct 5, 2010 8:01 PM

    Rock stars all the time stop GOP canadates from using their songs so the NFL also should be allowed to stop Democrats from using their material without permission.
    Alos, anyone that uses the word teabagger– a question– do you use the word nigge$ at home? The words are equally terrible and insuting. Anyone using teabagger is a bigot

  46. FreddieBaby says: Oct 5, 2010 10:34 PM

    Would you idiots sounding off about the state of politics in this country take it outside, puhleeeze! If you want to rant about your political leanings, there are literally thousands of websites that you can frequent to do so. This is a sports site, so keep the discussion focused there. I am sure that Mr. Florio wouldn’t want his devoted NFL junkies abandoning his great website because of off-topic yelling matches between Teabaggers, Conservatives and Progressives, now would you Mike?

  47. kite005 says: Nov 1, 2010 10:06 PM

    First of all Randy did not moon the Packer fans. You can look up mooning on the internet and probably find many examples of what mooning is. If he really mooned then he would have deserved a fine. Oh yeah the Packer fans apparently know what a real mooning is. Who’s Joe Buck?

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