Ex-Patriots LB Spikes charged in 495 crash


Ex-Patriots LB Spikes charged in 495 crash

Former Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes has been issued a citation by the Massachusetts State Police charging him with several motor vehicle offenses stemming from the crash of his Mercedes on Interstate 495 in Foxboro early Sunday morning.

Spikes was released by the Patriots on Monday morning, a little more than 24 hours after the crash was discovered. On Friday, he was cited for speeding, driving negligently, leaving the scene of a crash and failure to stay in marked lanes.

Police said Spikes was driving his Mercedes Maybach sedan when it struck a Nissan Murano, causing minor injuries to a Billerica, Mass., man and woman and their 12-year-old son, who were all treated and released at a local hospital.

Police said Spikes was not with is vehicle when they responded to the crash at about 3:30 a.m. and, before fleeing the scene, Spikes was contacted by The Mercedes' onboard assistance service, which had detected a crash and called the vehicle. During that call, Spikes reported that he had struck a deer.

Spikes was ordered to appear in Wrentham, Mass., district court at a date to be determined.

Spikes, 27, drafted by the Patriots in 2010, played his first four seasons in the NFL for New England before playing for the Buffalo Bills last season. He was re-signed by the Patriots on May 18 before being released Monday. 

New York Post salutes Robert Kraft with 'Thank You, Pats' front page

New York Post salutes Robert Kraft with 'Thank You, Pats' front page

That whole Boston-New York rivalry thing gets put aside when it comes to public health and the crisis we all find ourselves in these days.

There's no better example of that than the front page of the New York Post on Saturday morning:

Patriots owner Robert Kraft sent the team plane to China to purchase and bring back 1.7 million N95 protective masks needed to help combat the deadly coronavirus that has hit New York City particularly hard. The Kraft family donated 300,000 masks to New York-area hospitals and they arrived on Friday in a tractor-trailer emblazoned with the Patriots logo. 

In a city that, as Post columnist Mark Cannizarro put it, has "been trained to disdain" everything about the Patriots and Boston teams, it should be a gesture that forever puts Kraft in the New York family: 

Today, however, everyone associated with New York — Jets fans or otherwise — should salute the 78-year-old Kraft, who delivered a deed so special in this frightening and uncertain time of the coronavirus crisis that it should never be forgotten.

Even Jets superfan "Fireman Ed" Anzalone told the Post he has to put the rivalry aside.

“I don’t like his team. They’ve been beating us up for quite some time. But Kraft is just a wonderful guy, so I’m not surprised by his actions.” 


Patriots' Stephon Gilmore disagrees with Rex Ryan's critique of Amari Cooper

Patriots' Stephon Gilmore disagrees with Rex Ryan's critique of Amari Cooper

Former New York Jets and Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan made waves Friday for his harsh critique of Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper.

On ESPN's Get Up, Ryan blasted the Cowboys for signing Cooper to a five-year, $100 million contract this offseason. It's one thing to be critical, but Ryan even went as far as to call Cooper a "turd," which probably isn't the most politically-correct way to evaluate a player.

“I wouldn’t have paid this guy. To me, this is the biggest disappearing act in the National Football League,” Ryan said. “He doesn’t show up on the road. He doesn’t show up against — when the competition’s good, when he’s against the top corners, that guy disappears.

“This is who he is. Doesn’t love football. Hell with it, he stops his routes, he does all this. I wouldn’t have paid this turd. No way in hell. No way in hell would I have paid this guy.”

So yeah, pretty harsh.

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New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who played for Ryan on the Bills from 2015-16, caught wind of his former coach's comments and made it clear he disagrees.

That's some high praise from the two-time first-team All-Pro. Especially after Gilmore locked Cooper down back in November by holding him without a catch.

Both Ryan and Gilmore are entitled to their opinions, but calling Cooper a "turd" was a bit over the line. After all, Cooper is coming off a 2019 season in which he tallied 79 receptions while setting career-highs in both receiving yards (1,189) and touchdowns (eight). Not exactly turd-like.

Anyway, Gilmore definitely has Ryan putting his foot in his mouth after those controversial remarks.

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