According to a number of Boston media outlets including ESPN Boston.com and the Boston Herald, the NFL is investigating a compromising video of New England Patriots rookie linebacker Brandon Spikes that has surfaced on the Internet.
“We are looking into it,” league spokesman Greg Aiello told ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss Tuesday night.
The Patriots have not commented on the video, which depicted a sexual act between Spikes and a scantily clad woman. The video appears to have originated from the Webcam site Chatroulette.
Spikes’ agent, Terry Watson, described it as an “embarrassing situation” for the Patriots second round pick. “It certainly doesn’t reflect the kind of person that he is.”
“It was something that occurred before he became an NFL draftee and a New England Patriot. I think for anyone it would be an embarrassing situation,” Watson said. “Brandon has shown to many people the kind of person he is before and after being drafted in the second round. He’s hoping to put this behind him and looks forward to having a great football season.”
The video apparently was taken while Spikes was in college at Florida University. Since the incident shown in the video occured before Spikes was in the NFL that leads to the question: can the NFL punish a player for something that happened prior to entering the league? It is unlikely there is anything the NFL can do to punish Spikes, but this video certainly has hurt his reputation heading into his rookie season.