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Something happened (II)

No one will ever confuse Media Nation with Patriots Country. I am the most casual of football fans. They’re playing sometime this weekend, right? Uh … the Chargers? OK. I’ll watch the second half. If I’m around. I mean, I want them to win, but this isn’t baseball.

So it’s not fevered fandom that leads me to say the anti-violence group Jane Doe Inc. is all wrong in calling for the Patriots to bench Randy Moss, as Jessica Van Sack reports in today’s Herald. Yes, of course, he’s innocent unless proven guilty. That goes without saying.

But this goes beyond that. The situation involving Moss is truly ambiguous. We have no idea of what really happened, of course. But the version being put out by Moss’ lawyers (Globe coverage here; Herald here) is not implausible. We need to let this play out. And to let Moss play.

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  1. Anonymous

    I agree. I’m pretty much inclined to believe that all football players are thugs. But what if this turns out to be another Duke U type situation?

  2. Peter Porcupine

    DK – as always, I am at polar odds with you regarding sports (do we HAVE some bunch of overpaid spitters still hanging around Causeway St.?) and I have long been conserned about the ‘pass’ given to pro athletes on domestic violence issues.But this IS different. This isn’t somebody convicted, and given no penalty, or a $5,000 fine for breaking his girlfriend’s jaw.If Moss is found guilty in a court of law, he should be cut by Mr. Kraft, regardless of talent. But until facts emerge in place of mutual allegation, there is no reason to bench him.

  3. Amusedbutinformedobserver

    we seem to have quite the the double standard for women who complain of violence or abuse in this post-Nifong world of ours. When Wil Cordero ended up in the dock for beating up the old lady, or Christian Peter’s record of past violence came to light, each was ridden out of town without a chance to pick up $200 for passing GO, let alone defend themselves. Perhaps Mrs. Kraft is more of a Moss fan than a Peter fan.

  4. DJS

    I grew up a Steelers fan in the 1970’s and remember hearing about defensive end Ernie Holmes, who died last night in an auto accident, being arrested for creating a public ‘disturbance.’From the AP copy today:”..he pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon following a bizarre episode in which he fired a pistol at trucks and a police helicopter. He was sentenced to five years’ probation.”Can you imagine the reaction if a professional athlete committed a similar crime today?Doug

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