The Patriots have decided to part ways with linebacker Brandon Spikes following a strange incident that occurred over the weekend. Late Saturday night, police found an abandoned Mercedes Maybach on the median of the interstate in Foxboro. The vehicle had severe damage to the front and upon further investigation, it was discovered that the car belonged to Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes. According to news reports, whoever was behind the wheel of the Maybach had called OnStar and said that he hit a deer, but police did not find any slain deer in the area. Later in the night, the driver of a Nissan Murano in the same area reported being hit by another car that then drove away. The passengers in the NIssan, which included a 51-year-old male, a 32-year-old female, and a 12-year-old boy, were all okay but they were subsequently taken to the hospital to be examined. While it is possible that there is a connection between the two vehicles, police are still trying to confirm two significant details – 1) what car hit the Nissan and 2) who was driving Spikes’ car that night – before charging anyone with a hit-and-run.
However, even though the investigation is still going on, it looks like the Patriots were ready to release Spikes regardless of the outcome. On Monday, the team announced that they were letting the veteran linebacker go. Spikes was drafted by the Patriots back in 2010 and spent four seasons playing for New England. After getting released in 2013, he played with the Buffalo Bills for one year before getting re-signed by the Patriots this past May. Spikes has had somewhat of a rocky relationship with the Patriots throughout his time with them, and the fact that the team was not willing to give him the benefit of the doubt in this case makes it pretty clear how they feel about him as well.
Right now, the best case scenario for Spikes would be if he is found not to be involved with the accident, his name gets cleared, and he finds a home with another team. On the other hand, if he is found guilty of the hit-and-run, he’s going to have a whole lot to be worried about besides just getting released from the Patriots.