Racey Spikes video hits net
Agent: Rookie is high-character guy
FOXBOROUGH — The NFL is looking into a sexually-explicit video of Patriots rookie linebacker Brandon Spikes, which is making the rounds on the Internet. Spikes could face disciplinary action under the league’s rules of personal conduct policy.
A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed that it is Spikes, the 62d overall pick in the draft, in the video. There are no allegations that the woman in the video did not consent to the activity.
Terry Watson, Spikes’s agent, said yesterday the Patriots chose a solid young man in his client.
“Brandon is showing himself to be a high-character guy in the Boston community and has the promise of being a very good player,’’ he said.
Spikes has been drawing rave reviews for his instincts and play since arriving in New England. He could start at inside linebacker alongside Jerod Mayo.
While at Florida, Spikes was involved in an eye-gouging incident against Southeastern Conference rival Georgia. The North Carolina native apologized and was suspended for the first half of the Gators’ next game.
To get there, New England placed four players on injured reserve and waived another.
Cornerback Leigh Bodden (rotator cuff) was joined on IR by defensive back Bret Lockett (chest), defensive lineman Darryl Richard (foot), and defensive back Josh Barrett (shoulder), whom New England acquired off waivers from Denver as damaged goods.
Cornerback Terrence Johnson was released for the second time in as many weeks. The undrafted rookie from Division 2 California (Pa.), faced long odds to make the roster, particularly after missing a large chuck of training camp because of an undisclosed injury.
The move on Lockett was expected; the special teamer has already undergone surgery for a torn pectoral muscle. Richard likely was injured in last Thursday’s game against St. Louis, as he had taken part in every practice to that point.
“He just started hacking away,’’ Robinson said. “I had no mirror in front of me, I had no idea what he did until I stood up and saw it. It was a good surprise, I guess.’’
Brady drew a jagged line from ear to ear over the top of Robinson’s scalp and took off all the hair from there forward.
As for Robinson’s play, it doesn’t seem he’s made much of an impression. Bill Belichick was asked about Robinson’s first training camp compared with Brian Hoyer’s last year, and the coach lauded Hoyer, saying he and former Patriot Matt Cassel “set the bars at a pretty good level,’’ while hardly mentioning Robinson.
The nose tackle is active in the team’s various charity events, including a draft-day event through his own foundation to raise funds for diabetes research. His father, David, died from complications of the disease in 2002. His mother, Barbara, died just a few months later.
Wilfork was very emotional during his acceptance speech, mentioning his parents, and his teammates, without whom, he said, his draft-day event wouldn’t be possible.
“[My teammates] are my second family,’’ said Wilfork. “My kids, my wife, the New England Patriots — that’s all I have.’’
He is the eighth recipient of the award, following Joe Andruzzi (2003), Troy Brown (’04), Matt Light (’05), Jarvis Green (’06), Ty Warren (’07), Larry Izzo (’08) and Kevin Faulk (’09).
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