When Randy Moss decides to speak to reporters, it's usually an event. Sunday was no different.
MossMoss doesn't talk often, but he conducted a news conference -- a rant might be more accurate -- after helping the New England Patriots beat the Cincinnati Bengals 38-24 in Gillette Stadium. He had five catches for 59 yards.
Moss has faced criticism this past week for comments he made on Labor Day about feeling unloved. He's entering the final year of his contract and doesn't expect the Patriots to extend him.
With the New England media horde convened, he not only bemoaned a lack of support from Patriots management, but seemed to suggest some Patriots fans don't want him to see him succeed.
ESPNBoston.com's Chris Forsberg transcribed the long opening statement Moss made before taking questions.
Here's the opening:
"I take my job seriously, I said it time and time again, but I think there's -- I really don’t want to say the organization -- but around New England and the New England area, there's a lot of people who don’t want to see me do good. The reason why, I don’t know and I really don’t care. I just want to let [reporters] know that -- y’all the ones doing all the writing, putting all the pen and pad to ink -- anything that I may say will get blown out of proportion.
"I think earlier in the week, I don’t know where you're at, but I got asked a question about being here and being unhappy. 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.
"Earlier in the week, a lot of people were coming at me wrong about me being unhappy. It’s like, if you work for somebody, everybody in here, you work for somebody, unless you're independent, if your boss comes to you, sometimes you want your boss to say you're doing a good job. That’s every man and woman in here. You work for somebody, you want your boss to be able to come through and say he read your column last night or this morning, and he liked the column. That’s just the way with football. If you do a good job, and you think you do a good job, you want to be appreciated. I don’t think me, personally, I'm appreciated."