Brandon Spikes calls time with Patriots slave years, spars with fans

Brandon Spikes PatriotsBrandon Spikes is usually a pretty outspoken player, but it seemed like he was muzzled a bit during his time with the New England Patriots.

Now that he’s signed with the Buffalo Bills, Spikes seems like he feels more free to say what’s on his mind. And on Wednesday, Spikes really went off over Twitter.

Spikes predicted a few wins for the Bills over the Patriots during the 2014 season and a few big hits for himself:

As if that weren’t enough, he seemingly started characterizing his time with the Pats as being slave years.

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Brandon Spikes blasts Ray Rice for allegedly assaulting wife Janay Palmer

Brandon-Spikes-PatriotsRay Rice married his fiancee Janay Palmer on Friday night — just one day after his indictment for allegedly assaulting her last month. Rice has been charged with third degree aggravated assault and could face three to five years if found guilty. If Brandon Spikes was allowed to attend the ceremony, let’s just say he would have spoken up rather than forever holding his peace.

After word surfaced that Rice and Palmer had gotten married in a private ceremony, Spikes took to Twitter to unload on the Ravens running back.

I’m sure a lot of people felt the same way as Spikes after seeing that video of Rice dragging Palmer’s unconscious body out of an elevator. Many people are shocked that they got married so quickly given the circumstances, but I guess that’s their business. Leave it to Spikes to speak about it so eloquently.

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Brandon Spikes says Patriots gave ‘false’ IR designation

Brandon SpikesFor the second time in a week, a former New England Patriots player called out his old team for sketchy dealings with injury designations. This time it was Brandon Spikes, a former Pats’ second-round draft pick who recently signed with the Buffalo Bills.

While Spikes expressed warm feelings towards owner Bob Kraft and some of his former teammates, the ex-Florida Gators linebacker defended himself during an interview with John Murphy on WGR in Buffalo on Monday when the subject of his knee injury was brought up.

Spikes was asked about the “nagging knee injury” that led to him being placed on IR at the end of the season.

“I know, I heard they put me on IR and stuff like that. That was just a false report,” Spikes told Murphy. “That’s just how things go there. Almost like what happened with (Aqib) Talib and his hip.

“That was just from the labor throughout the season, man. It was just — you know how it is — it’s a tough 16 games. All I needed was rest and rehab.”

Last week, Talib, who signed with the Denver Broncos, said the team listed him as having a hip injury last season when he really had a quad problem.

Maybe Spikes was looking to brush asides any concerns about a knee injury and behavior problems when he made the comment, but that’s two former players who have talked about some shady Pats practices recently. This is nothing new; we’ve known for a long time that Bill Belichick doesn’t give anything away and oftentimes intentionally misleads people. I mean how many times have Tom Brady’s injuries been hidden by the team? He’s listed as probable with a shoulder injury almost every week, but when he has real injuries, those are never listed.

I guess that’s just one aspect of the “Patriot Way.”

For more background on the story, recall that at the time that a report said Spikes was placed on IR for both disciplinary and injury reasons. Spikes’ agent denied that a mutual agreement between the team and his client was reached regarding the IR tag. Like I said, if you don’t believe Spikes was telling the truth, then you can figure he was saying that to protect himself and make himself look better.

[Previously: Brandon Spikes quotes Martin Luther King Jr. after signing with Bills]

Brandon Spikes is ‘free at last’ after signing with Bills


Brandon Spikes and the New England Patriots did not end their relationship on the best terms. Spikes was placed on IR in January, and the decision reportedly had more to do with disciplinary reasons than it did an actual injury. On Friday, the former Florida Gator signed with the Buffalo Bills. He sent the following tweet on Saturday morning.

You could argue that the tweet was a coincidence and had nothing to do with his leaving New England, but remember Spikes also wrote this earlier in the week.

It seems obvious that Spikes couldn’t wait to get away from Bill Belichick. He had reportedly been fined multiple times for being late to meetings, so I’m sure the feeling was mutual. By staying in the AFC East, he’ll have at least two chances for vengeance next season. We’ll see how motivated Spikes is to perform against the team that drafted him.

Brandon Spikes was reportedly late for practice, making IR decision easier

Brandon-Spikes-AHDH-Medicine-AdderallThe New England Patriots lost yet another defensive player for the season when linebacker Brandon Spikes tweaked his knee in a Week 17 win over the Buffalo Bills. Spikes, who had been hobbled for weeks, was placed on IR after the game. But on Saturday, a report indicated that Spikes was shut down for the season for disciplinary reasons in addition to his injury.

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Spikes was late for New England’s bye week practice last Friday. That was apparently the “last straw” for the former Florida star after he had already been fined by head coach Bill Belichick for similar incidents. Spikes reportedly believed the things he did to irritate Belichick were easily explained, such as his car being stuck in the snow.

Following the disagreement, Spikes and the Patriots apparently agreed to the IR designation.

Spikes will become a free agent after the season, so it seems likely that he has played his last game as a member of the Patriots. New England’s defense has had trouble stopping the run, and they could miss Spikes in the rain and wind against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday.

Brandon Spikes had awesome dance to signal Patriots’ possession

brandon spikes danceBrandon Spikes busted out a hilarious dance during the third quarter of Sunday’s playoff game between the New England Patriots and Houston Texans.

Texans quarterback Matt Schaub threw a pass to Owen Daniels who had the ball knocked out of his hands by Jerod Mayo on a second-and-four play. The Patriots recovered the ball, and Spikes used a creative dance to make sure everyone knew who had possession. He went all electric boogaloo on all of us.

Unfortunately the referees botched the call and ruled that the play was dead before the fumble because of forward progress. The ruling made little sense to me; Daniels was still fighting forward when he fumbled.

The Texans ended up punting on the possession, but they turned the ball back over on their next one. Ball don’t lie.

GIF via Kissing Suzy Kolber

Brandon Spikes wanted to fuel Santa with cocaine and Jack Daniel’s

New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes must create a major headache for Bill Belichick off the field. As we all know, Belichick strives to get his players to stay out of the spotlight and avoid saying dumb things that are going to create headlines and serve as a potential distraction. Spikes’ Twitter account is a threat to Belichick’s policy.

On Christmas Eve, the former Florida Gator gave us another perfect example of why Belichick would probably like him to delete his Twitter account when he tweeted this gem:

This is the same Spikes who used colorful language to blast the replacement officials earlier in the season and wrote that he was having suicidal thoughts after the Super Bowl last season. After a number of followers ripped him for saying he was going to feed coke and Jack Daniel’s to Santa Claus, Spikes justified his tweet with the following:

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