It’s to be expected that some subjects of ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentaries aren’t happy with the final product, as that’s a hazard of outside, non-subject-run documentaries (and journalism in general). It’s a little more interesting when the unhappy subject also works for ESPN, though. That would be ESPN NFL analyst Randy Moss, who, as part of a longer profile about how his second year as a regular ESPN analyst is going, told Uproxx Sports’ Martin Rickman he wasn’t thrilled with the end portrayal of him in 2014 30 for 30 installment Rand University. (Rickman’s dialogue is in bold.) You’ve had a little bit of time to sit with your 30 for 30 now. Right when it comes out or when it’s filming, you think different things about it, but have you had a chance to watch it again recently? Have you changed your mind? I still didn’t like the 30 for 30. No matter how it’s painted or what picture it painted, it still wasn’t the truth. I don’t attempt and won’t attempt to do anything. I’d really like to get my story out there, but I really wish I was doing it myself instead of relying on somebody like, you know, the guys that did it. You’d want it to be your story? Yeah, My story, not somebody else’s put together or some other stuff that they heard that they put in the story to make it a story. That’s not a story to me. I’m bitter about it because you lend somebody your time, you open your heart, you open up your community. All of a sudden, you tell them things that you did not want to say. Things that you did not want to be on there. Then they end up being on there. Regardless of whether it good for TV or not – but it’s still your story. Whenever I get the chance to put it back out there, I’ll do it my way. Now there’s more of a chance than ever really for the player to own that, to tell that story, to say the things that they want. It seems like that a lot of those guys have more accessibility. You get to be a person and not just an athlete. I’m older now. I’m 40 years old, so all the stuff is behind me man, so I just look forward. Whatever it is, it is. I just live and learn. This isn’t the first time that Moss has criticized Rand University. In fact, he went off on it in even stronger terms in January 2016 to Yahoo’s Eric Adelson: This is part of why he’s upset at the “30 for 30” documentary, “Rand University,” which was quite popular. He says ESPN promised to spend real time in his hometown of Rand, W. Va., and instead stayed only a short time. “The ’30 for 30? was full of lies,” he says. “I felt ’30 for 30? was 70 percent true and 30 percent lies. I told ESPN I didn’t want to do it. They bugged me about it. I told ESPN, ‘You come into my community, where my people live every day, it’s best for you to tell the truth.’ ESPN came in telling lies, OK? I told them not to release it because it was full of lies. Know the truth, get the truth, before letting it out. Well, ESPN flew in during the day, left during the night. People in my community live there. Their children play together, grandchildren. There was a lot of animosity in my community for that ’30 for 30,’ that ESPN caused it, and they didn’t want to do anything about it. All they cared about was ratings and selling something.” Asked to elaborate, Moss begs off and says he wants to find a way to tell his own version of his biopic. “I’ll save that for the real story.” But that was a little different, as Moss wasn’t working for ESPN at that point. They brought him in in May 2016 following his stint with Fox Sports. Clearly, those previous comments about ESPN didn’t prevent his hire, and Moss has dialed down the venom about that documentary a bit from January 2016 to now, but it’s still interesting to hear him publicly criticize something from his company that way.
ESPN analyst Randy Moss is still unhappy about the company’s 30 for 30 on him, felt it wasn’t the truth
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