As you all know by now, Florida’s All-American linebacker Brandon Spikes was handed a half-game suspension earlier today for trying to give a quasi-prostate exam to the eyes of Georgia running back Washaun Ealey.
In announcing the suspension, head coach Urban Meyer said that part of the reason for Spikes’ actions was the fact that the LB was poked in the eye earlier in the game.
Thanks to new reader “irishcuban”, we were pointed in the right direction to poke around (that’s what she said) and discovered the “damning” evidence being referred to.
Here’s the clip, and you be the judge. And jury. An executioner:
This is the damning evidence of Spikes being wronged?
To my eyes — and reviewing it like the Zapruder footage — it looked like a football play in which the Georgia player was attempting to block Spikes and his hands slid up the shoulder pads and knocked his lid off. Or it was even a case of the UGA player’s helmet that knocked Spikes’ helmet off.
And was it even his eyes that were hurt in this case? At the :09 mark, it looks as if Spikes reaches up to grab his ear, indicating it was the helmet being ripped off that did the damage and not some intentional eye rake.
But, certainly, the hands sliding up and knocking off the helmet could’ve led to Spikes being grazed across his eyes accidentally.
That is a far, far cry from intentionally jamming your fingers into a face mask and attempting to take a person’s eyes out.
Then again, what do we know. We’re just a bunch of them there Gator Haters.