New England Patriots receiver Randy Moss called in to ESPN's SportsCenter on Tuesday morning and reiterated some of the points he made in Sunday's postgame press conference but acknowledged that his timing was poor.
He said that by airing his feelings Sunday about his displeasure with his contract situation (he is in the final year of his deal) he didn't intend to disrespect his teammates or the organization, but that he felt he needed to get things off his chest.
“The timing could have been bad, but it was actually my first time speaking to the media this year," he said. "I wanted to get it off my chest instead of waiting until Week 12, Week 13 on down the road to where it really could become a distraction to our team, what we’re trying to accomplish. It was something I just wanted to do. Maybe it was bad timing but I ... cleared my mind to feel good about myself.”
He acknowledged that he met with coach Bill Belichick on Monday and was urged to "watch what I do and watch what say."
“I don’t really want to get into me and Bill’s conversation, keep that in house," he said. "But one thing that I will let out of the bag is he just told me I had to watch what I do and watch what I say and I told him point blank, ‘Yes sir, I got you.’ Simple as that.”
Check out more of his comments below:
On whether his teammates felt disrespected by the timing:
“When it comes to the business side of football, hopefully my coaches and teammates didn’t take it in a disrespectful manner and understood where I was coming from. That was the first and last time that you’re going to hear from me talking about my contract. It’s just something that relieved me ... to get something like that off my chest.”
On his love of football, playing for the Patriots and leading the postgame cheer in the locker room:
“I love playing football, and all the extracurricular activity that comes with football off the field I really don’t care too much about. But being on the football field between those white lines is something I love to do so hopefully my teammates and coaches like me being a part of the New England Patriots team because I know I do.”
On whether he’s had contract talks with the Patriots (plus, a plug for a Capital One endorsement):
“No, we have not [discussed a new contract], but you best believe if we do discuss it hopefully I’ll be able to open up a Capital One [account] online, I might be able to put a couple of my dollars with Capital One.”
On whether he felt slighted by the fact that Tom Brady got a new deal and he didn’t:
“I’m a big fan of Tom Brady. Him being the highest paid player is well deserved.”
On where he sees himself playing next season:
“Let me say this again, I do not want to leave New England because I love what they do there. I love the team. I love the coaching staff. And I love playing here on Sundays. But I think from a business standpoint, I have to look out for the best interest of me and my family. Next year, I don’t know where I will be playing. Hopefully it will be here in New England. Whoever wants to give me a shot to hopefully come and help their team, I look forward to that opportunity.”
On why he thinks there have been no contract talks with the Patriots on an extension:
“I don’t really know why there hasn’t been any discussions. The only thing I am doing is taking it in stride day to day. Hopefully at the end of the season I’ll give this organization a reason to keep me. If not hopefully I’ll give some other organization a reason to bring me in. I’m still here playing the level that I do day to day. Just because I said what I did Sunday isn’t going to keep me away from my goal, going out and helping the Patriots win.”
On Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, who will cover Moss on Sunday, saying over the offseason that Moss was a “slouch”:
“Words don’t really hurt me. I guess he’s entitled to say what he wants to say. Then again, we’re coming to the Meadowlands on Sunday, man, so you got 60 minutes of this ‘slouch.’ I don’t really get into the trash talking, but if what he called me was a ‘slouch,’ then I guess the ‘slouch’ will be there to see you on Sunday.”