FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Randy Moss joined the Patriots this season determined to avoid off-field problems. Now he's in the middle of one, just days before Sunday's AFC championship game.
A temporary restraining order was issued Monday requiring the star wide receiver to stay at least 500 feet from a woman who alleged he committed "battery causing serious injury" to her at her Florida home on Jan. 6.
Moss denied the allegation by Rachelle Washington, which he called "this situation of extortion," and said he was "furious" about it. The restraining order was issued in the Broward County 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida. No criminal charge has been brought.
A hearing on whether to issue a permanent restraining order is scheduled for 3 p.m. Jan. 28, six days before the Super Bowl.
Moss broke his usual midweek silence as he was surrounded by 2 dozen reporters and 10 video cameras at his locker on Wednesday. He didn't identify the woman but said she has been a friend for 11 years and that she asked for "six figures" for what he said was an accident in which she was hurt."I want to make something clear," Moss said. "In my whole entire life of living 30 years, I've never put my hand on one woman, physically or in an angry manner."
SPARANO IS NEW DOLPHINS' COACH: Discussing his new job as Miami Dolphins coach, Tony Sparano sounded like Tony Soprano.
"I'm just happy to be part of the family," Sparano said.
The family includes his mentor, Bill Parcells, and general manager Jeff Ireland, who are transforming their new team into the Miami Cowboys.
Sparano is the latest transplant from Dallas. He was the Cowboys' assistant head coach before accepting an offer Wednesday to rejoin Parcells and Ireland. The trio worked together in Dallas when Parcells was head coach in 2003-06.
"I know what the people here are capable of, and I'm excited about that," Sparano said at a news conference.