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UPDATE (10/11/10 – 6:45 p.m.) — Multiple sources, including Bill Belichick and Brandon Meriweather, have shot down Casserly’s report. Casserly usually has well-place sources, but maybe this rumor was more a joke than an unfounded lie.
File this away in the “WTF?!?!” section. According to CBS’s Charlie Casserly, former Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss and quarterback Tom Brady recently had to be separated during an argument in the locker room. Why?
Brady reportedly expressed disappointment over Moss’s recent behavior and suggested he should trim his beard. Moss allegedly responded by telling Brady he should cut his hair and that, according to Casserly, he looked like a girl.
For what it’s worth, CSNNE.com’s Tom E. Curran said a well-placed source with the Patriots claims that a report of a fight is simply “not true.” Curran added that Brady and Moss’s lockers were next to each other, and the two often dined together. What do you believe?
Other reports previously said that Moss had a heated exchange with QB coach Bill O’Brien during the team’s win Monday night against the Dolphins. Another report said Moss refused to talk to Belichick on the plane ride home from Miami after he recorded zero catches.
There’s no way to know whether the reported argument over Brady’s beautiful hairdo was the straw that broke the camel’s back, but it would appear that a series of incidents invovling Moss led the team to trade him after just four games. Perhaps Belichick wanted Moss in the Vikings lineup to hopefully knock off the Jets.
But, to trade the receiver before facing the toughest team in the AFC (next Sunday the Pats face the Ravens) shows how much the Patriots needed to trade Moss, and how much Moss needed to leave town.