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Caterer explains Moss tirade

Posted by: under Vikings, Vikings players Updated: November 2, 2010 - 2:53 PM

Gus Tinucci of Tinucci's restaurant in Woodbury and Newport was the caterer that Randy Moss blew up at last Friday after practice.

The Vikings cater lunch for the team in the locker room every Friday. Tinucci said his family's restaurant has done this a handful of times the past several years in part because they became friends with former center Matt Birk.

Gus explained what happened last Friday.

"[Moss] came walking up," Tinucci said. "There were a couple of guys that were in line. I knew Brett [Favre] put his helmet down. I met him carving. I was carving some meat for a guy and all of a sudden I heard all this screaming and I was like, 'Are you kidding me?' I knew who it was immediately. I looked up and there he was. [Moss said], 'I wouldn't feed this [expletive] to my [expletive] dog.' I was in shock. I couldn't believe it. It was quiet in there."

Tinucci said one player told Moss to shut up. He also said two Vikings employees approached him and apologized.

"We just went about our business," he said. "I had more compliments. The guys that were there and heard it and saw it, I think they were very appreciative of us being there. I wasn't going to say anything because we appreciate being there. We want to come back there. What am I going to do, call him out? Go, 'Hey, if you don't like it, get the hell out or whatever?' I'm in their house."

Tinucci said his buffet included ribs, chicken, a round of beef carving station, pasta, vegetables and dessert.

"It looked good, like we always do," he said. "I don't know if he was starving for attention or what. But nobody laughed I can guarantee you that." 

"He just slammed us," Tinucci added. "It wasn't us personally because he doesn't know us from Adam." 

 

  

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