According to a tweet by News reporter Josh Katzenstein, Houston said the San Francisco 49ers wideout was a "possession receiver" who can't "take the top off" defenses at this stage of his career.
As it turns out, that's not the message Houston was trying to getting across.
Media sure do change your words to make a game and sale tickets smh. No way I could tlk negative about Moss he's a legend HOF WR!â $low Grind (@Chris23Houston) September 11, 2012
Everybody and the momma know Moss can take the top off a defense so why would I say he can't smh. Every cb in the league know that!â $low Grind (@Chris23Houston) September 11, 2012
Katzenstein later issued an apology to Houston via Twitter. The reporter reached out to Around The League to clarify the exact comments made by Houston. Here they are, in full:
» "Randy, I think he had a touchdown, but he wasn't taking the top off the field like he normally does."
» "He's a smart receiver, possession guy. He can still take the top off the end, but most defenses are going to play him to where, don't let him beat you deep, let him catch the little curl. He didn't make his name Moss by catching curls. He made his name by going up and getting the ball. If you don't let him do that and just keep it conservative then that's how teams are going to play him. That's how Green Bay played him a lot, too."
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