Randy Moss recently embarrassed himself and his former team with some boorish behavior at a team function, which might have led to the Vikings releasing him, Yahoo! Sports' Michael Silver is reporting.
Silver writes that Moss loudly spoke out against the food served by a local restaurant, a favorite of former Vikings C Matt Birk's, after Friday's practice last week. At least one current Viking told Silver he was embarrassed by Moss' behavior.
Head coach Brad Childress announced Moss' release last night, saying in a statement: "This decision was made based on what we thought was in the best interests of the Minnesota Vikings, both in the short and long term. We wish Randy the best as he moves forward in his career."
The team traded a 2011 third-round draft pick for Moss in early October. Moss caught 13 passes for 174 yards and two TDs in his four games with the Vikings this season. But Moss caught only one pass in Sunday's loss to the Patriots, and the Vikings went 1-3 with him on the roster.
In the latest loss, Silver writes that Moss' effort also was in question. On one play Sunday in the fourth quarter, Moss drew a pass-interference call against Patriots FS Brandon Meriweather on what might have become a TD pass from Brett Favre, but Moss appeared to give up on the play after being interfered with, although he still might have been able to catch the ball. Two plays later, Favre took a shot to the chin from Patriots DL Myron Pryor, which required eight stitches.