Spikes Sex Video a Costly Mistake

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And I’m not talking about trying to purchase the video. For those of you who haven’t heard, the Patriots’ rookie linebacker Brandon Spikes and an unidentified woman made a video recording a sexual act, and that video was leaked onto the internet. According to reports, it was not Spikes who released the video, but family members think it may have been a cyber-prank. According to Spikes’ agent Terry Watson, it’s an “embarrassing situation” and that it “…doesn’t reflect the kind of person he (Spikes) is.” Besides the fact that he’s now all over the net doing stuff that should be behind closed doors, he now stands to lose some money.

According to the Boston Herald and confirmed by Spikes’ agent, he has already lost a major marketing deal. Reebok was in the process of putting together a marketing deal for the young linebacker, but has now pulled that deal off the table. The tape, just released yesterday, has now cost Spikes hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars. What’s worse, the NFL is looking into whether Spikes has violated the league’s conduct policy. If the league concludes that Spikes did in fact violate the conduct policy, he could be fined or suspended, both of which cost him money.

Personally, I feel that any league disciplinary action outside of a warning is ridiculous. First off, the tape was made while Spikes was still in college. Second, he’s only doing something that most other people do, and something that’s not illegal (the last time I checked). Was it stupid to video tape it? Sure. You just never know if things like that will get around. If Shaun Rogers can escape a suspension and merely be fined for carrying a loaded gun into an airport, then I think Spikes can get off with a warning. The two incidents are hardly on the same level. Now, if Spikes released the video himself looking to make a profit (there are NO indications that’s the case), that would be a different story.

Unfortunately for Spikes, even if he escapes league punishment, his college mistake has already cost him.

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