NFL: Ex-Patriot Spikes Spent ’4 Years a Slave’ in New England
4 years a slave
— BrandonSpikes51 (@BrandonSpikes51) April 9, 2014
That was Brandon Spikes’ assessment of his playing time with the New England Patriots, the NFL team he played his first four professional football seasons with. Spikes, who had never been reported to have had a bad time with Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and company, recently signed with the Buffalo Bills — an unexpected, relatively unexciting blip on the 2014 free agency radar.
But where did that come from? It turns out it was pretty innocuous: Spikes was tweeting about the Bills upcoming schedule, and mentioned that he was excited to hand the Patriots a pair of losses. Since, again, he plays for Buffalo now.
Of course, he also has four seasons worth of Patriots fans following him on Twitter, and when Spikes sent out that tweet, he ended up inviting the particularly New England flavor of angry sports fan to tell him exactly how they felt about him and his new team in 140 character bursts.