Skip to Content

Support MinnPost

MinnPost logo 2014 Summer Member Drive

Support the journalism that matters to you
Become a sustaining member today

Randy Moss memories: The story behind 'Straight Cash, Homey'

You might be getting a few sports posts on this crazy-fun Moss-'n'-Yankees day. Sorry, even some of us thoughtful-aspiring types can't always shake the 13-year-old boy inside.

Was happily chatting with ex-KARE senior executive producer Lonnie Hartley, who reminded me it was his former station that brought home Moss's priceless "Straight Cash, Homey." Here's the clip, Hartley's story below:

"It was field producer Dana Thiede. He's a guy you don't see on camera very often. We sent him out to Winter Park; remember, this was right after after Moss pretended to pull his pants down in the end zone. [The NFL fined Moss 10 grand for that.] Dana's photographer was the only camera out there and he catches up with Moss in the parking lot."

Here's how the exchange went:

Thiede: "Write the check yet, Randy?"

Moss: "When you're rich, you don't write checks."

Thiede: "If you don't write checks, how do you pay these guys?"

Moss: "Straight cash, homey."

Thiede: "Randy, are you upset about the fine?"

Moss: "No, cause it ain't s---. Ain't nothing but 10 grand. What's 10 grand to me? Next time I might shake my ----."

Moss was traded to Oakland a month later.

Hartley notes that Thiede's "get" had lasting consequences for working journalists as well as Mike Tice's club. "Hours later, the parking lot was no longer accessible to reporters, and it stayed that way. Live trucks can't go live from there — you have to park on the other side of Winter Park and drag your cables all the way over.

"Needless to say, we got calls from all the sports media in the country, and as I recall Sid Hartman was mad we gave the clip to ESPN. I always told Dana, 'You're the guy who got Randy Moss traded.'"

Time to saddle up again, sports fans.

Get MinnPost's top stories in your inbox

Comments (5)

Great clip. Cool to hear the backstory. Also, Sid was wrong. Randy Moss got randy Randy Moss traded. Just like he got himself traded from the Patriots.

Red McCombs trade Randy Moss out of spite when he realized he'd been duped into selling the Vikings for less than they were worth. Reggie Fowler, the unqualified buyer who gave Red the $20 million nonrefundable deposit check on 2/14/05, was a "decoy." Zygi was the real behind the scenes buyer all along.

Forbes valued the Vikings franchise at $658 million a few months later. Zygi buying price was only $600 million.

GO ZYGI!!

Randy Moss must not be too bright... if the Commissioner took Visa, he could be a third of the way to a free airline ticket on a rewards card. Straight cash, homey!

What, "Dana's photographer" doesn't have a name? That's rude. The shooter was out there freezing with the rest of us. (I was one of several print reporters who waited out Moss that day and followed him to his car, along with this TV crew.)

Red McCombs duped? People like Red don't get duped. McCombs purchased the Vikings for $250 million, and sold it seven years later for $600 million; in round numbers a third of a billion more than he paid for it. I'd like to get duped like that.