Sex tapes, whether real or imaginary, have caused the downfall of the public image of many celebrities, including sports stars like Tiger Woods and Roger Clemens. Now it looks like New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes’ name may be added to that list.
Reports surfaced this week that Spikes and an unidentified woman had allegedly placed an explicit video on Chatroulette, a website that allows you to use a webcam to randomly connect with strangers online. Early reports have claimed that the video had also been shopped to sports blog Deadspin as well for a small fee. When Deadspin declined the video, CBSNews reports that it showed up on the website WorldStarHipHop.com shortly thereafter, and quickly spread throughout the Internet. While Spikes himself has yet to comment on the scandal, his agent Terry Watson has declared the reports “embarrassing,” and has defended his client’s reputation.
While the media have rushed to report the scandal, some online outlets like the Huffington Post have called into question whether or not the man in the video is actually Spikes at all. The uncertainty surrounding the man’s identity revolves around a set of distinctive tattoos that cover Spikes’ arms. The man in the video also has tattoos along both arms, but whether they are an exact match is being questioned by online bloggers.
Whether the tape is real or not, the damage to Spikes’ reputation may already be done. Not actually being on the sex tape released by alleged ex-mistress Mindy McCready didn’t do anything to stem the tide of gossip surrounding Roger Clemens after she spoke about his alleged sexual difficulties on camera for the public to hear when the video was released this past March. Tiger Woods has lost countless millions of dollars of endorsements in the past year and a half after word started leaking to the public alleging his many extramarital affairs. His reputation is unlikely to recover, whether or not he keeps winning tournaments.
If the video on Chatroulette turns out not to be Spikes, then the scandal should die out relatively quickly without costing him too much money in endorsements and other deals. If the video does turn out to be Spikes, however, while the attitude online seems to be a general “who cares,” fear of lost revenue will cost him dearly in endorsement deals. The NFL could (and probably will) also fine him for conduct that tarnishes the reputation of the League. Either way, it is unlikely that the scandal will actually affect his ability to play for the NFL.
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