Former longtime NFL General Manager Charlie Casserly reported Sunday on CBS that before New England traded Randy Moss to Minnesota, Moss and Tom Brady had a heated dispute in the Patriot locker room over the length of Brady’s hair and Moss’s beard.
Casserly reported on The NFL Today:
“The week before Moss was traded, Tom Brady and Randy Moss went toe-to-toe and had to be separated when this happened. One of Brady’s problems with Moss was his behavior as a Patriot. One of the things that was overheard was, Brady telling Moss, ‘you need to cut your beard,’ Moss countered (to Brady), ‘you need to get your haircut, you look like a girl.’ … Obviously Brady had some problems with Moss’ behavior.”
When Casserly alleged the hirsute dispute between the two NFL stars, howls of laughter erupted off-camera on the CBS television set.
Moss, Brady and Patriots Coach Bill Belichick have yet to address Casserly’s claim, but some Boston-based media members who cover the Patriots on a daily basis immediately cast aspersions on the CBS-sourced report.Ian R. Rapoport of the BOSTON HERALD Tweeted: “Just talked to a Randy Moss confidant… He called the Casserly report “totally false.” Said Moss has too much respect for Brady for that.”
Tom Curran of CSN New England also reported on Twitter, “Well-placed source says in email that Moss-Brady dustup ‘not true’”
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk noted of the reax of longtime NFL scribe Peter King:
Peter King of NBC reports, citing two “very highly-placed sources” within the Patriots organization, that the incident did not occur.
As one source told King, “Someone is lying to CBS.”
Last season when Patriots Coach Belichick was asked about a then-recent Casserly claim on The NFL Today that Brady was playing through broken ribs, he said:
“Who’s been wrong more than Charley Casserly since he left the Redskins? His percentage is like a meteorologist.
“He has no relationship to this team. I’d say less than zero. Based on what? He’s never at a practice, never at a game.
“At least he put his name on it which is more than a lot of guys. But, like he usually is, he was 100 percent wrong.”
Though the coach isn’t known to discriminate in his criticism of the press. Belichick called out the New England media after it reported an altercation on the team plane between the coach and Moss before the future Hall of Fame wide receiver was traded to Minnesota:
“Absolutely not true. Total fabrication. I didn’t even talk to Randy on the plane. No incident. Never had one with Randy. Not in four years.
Randy was really a pleasure to coach. I enjoyed having him on our team. He made a lot of contributions to this football team. When I spoke with Randy yesterday morning, the conversations were consistent with what they’ve been for the last four years – honest, open, very forthright. We talked about a lot of things that I’ll keep between Randy and myself. In the end, it was a difficult decision, but one that I feel is in the best interest of the football team.
“Our team, organizationally, we’ve had conversations and obviously are comfortable with the trade. We wish Randy the absolute best. He’s been a player I’ve had a good relationship with. He’s very honest, when I’ve asked him questions about football and personnel and things like that. He’s been very helpful to me personally. He’s been very professional and I think a good teammate and a good contributing member of this team.
If Moss was such a good egg, why did the Patriots make what was an extraordinary move in trading NFL star during this season?
While it’s almost impossible for me to swallow that Moss and Brady would have a serious confrontation over hair, facial or otherwise, so long as Patriots reporters respond to Casserly’s report via anonymous sources and Belichick treats any and all news as would the Soviet Politburo, what you believe can’t help but boil down to credibility test akin to a beauty contest.