Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Randy Moss Issues The Standard Denial

Randy Moss has answered the allegations that he injured a woman, and then refused to let her seek medical help. And eventhough it's a pretty standard denial, it does raise more questions than it answers.

"I want to make something clear," the Patriots wide receiver said while surrounded by reporters and cameras at his locker. "In my whole entire life of living 30 years, I've never put my hand on one woman, physically or in an angry manner."

Florida radio station WDBO reported that a woman filed for an order of protection against Moss, alleging he committed battery against her. The report said a temporary injunction was issued, barring Moss from coming within 500 feet of the woman and from using or possessing firearms.

Moss gave no details of the alleged incident, saying he was restricted by the legal case.

He said the woman was a friend of 11 years and that she asked for "six figures" for what Moss said was an accident in which she was hurt.

"They're false allegations, something I've been battling for like the last couple of days of threats going public if I didn't pay X amount of dollars," Moss said. "So before people rush quick to judgment I think you need to find out the facts about, really, what's going on.

"This young lady by no means is hurt. I didn't hurt her."

Ok, so Moss has known this person for 11 years, and now, all of a sudden, she's decided to try and extort money from him through some type of false accident claim? Why now? I guess it could be because of all the attention focused on Moss as the Patriots try to make it to the Super Bowl undefeated. However, she could have just as easily done it when he was in Oakland or Minnesota.

Also, Moss claims that the woman was involved in "an accident in which she was hurt", but then goes on to say that she is "by no means hurt". He does state that he "didn't hurt her", but his denials leave a lot of room for speculation.

I'm not saying that Moss is definitely guilty of assaulting this woman. Athletes and celebrities are always targets of people looking to make a quick buck, probably far more often than any of us ever realize. However, I'm not fully convinced by his statements that something between him and the woman did not happen. One scenario that I thought of, since it's obvious that he knows his accuser, is that he got her pregnant, asked her to get an abortion while promising to take care of her and never gave her any assistance. It's a bit farfetched, but in this day and age crazy stories pop up on the news every day. It's definitely something to keep an eye because I don't think that this one will be going away anytime soon.


Anonymous said...

One needs only remember the accusations made against Marshawn Lynch by a former high school girlfriend that proved to be false, to remember the need for the presumption of innocence. These are unproven allegations at this point and it is important to remember this. Randy Moss has just had the best year of his career and is looking at helping his team win a super bowl and potentially higher income next year. Unless the charges are proven, one should not assume his guilt.

BDoc said...

You're correct about not assuming guilt. Look at what just happened with PacMan Jones, and the accusations that he slapped a woman earlier this week. Now those charges have been dropped.

While we don't know the exact relationship between Moss and his accuser, it is somewhat curious that he's known her for 11 years and she's just now trumping up fake charges. Obviously she may have attempted something similar in the past that we're not yet aware of.