NEW YORK -- Keeping quiet has cost Randy Moss $25,000.
The NFL fined the Minnesota Vikings' star wide receiver on Friday for failing to cooperate with the news media. Players' contracts specify they must make themselves available to the media at specific times each week. Moss last spoke to the media on Oct. 13, then declined interviews after a win over Dallas on Oct. 17, throughout last week leading up to a loss at Green Bay, and after the defeat.
Moss also declined to be available this week despite being in high demand because the Vikings visit New England, for whom Moss played the past three seasons.
Teammate tackle Phil Loadholt was fined $20,000 for a facemask against Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews last Sunday night. Loadholt drew a 15-yard penalty.
Earlier this week, Minnesota coach Brad Childress was fined $35,000 for criticism of league officiating. Childress was hit "for violating long-standing league policies that prohibit public criticism of officiating and the disclosure of confidential conversations with the head of the NFL officiating department."
The total fines of $102,500 were far less than those handed out last week, when the league announced its crackdown on illegal hits would include suspensions. Last week, 15 players were fined a total of $262,500.
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