Former Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes faced an obvious question from potential employers at the NFL Combine.
The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun says the question went like this:
“Why did you try to gouge a player’s eyes out?”
The player, of course, was Georgia freshman running back Washaun Ealey.
And Spikes’ answer to the NFL teams that asked the question?
“I told them it’s the SEC, Florida-Georgia is a big rivalry,” Spikes said, according to the Sun. “There were a lot of emotions going on. Both sides were taking shots at each other. But that’s why I suspended myself. That’s not the way the game is supposed to be played.”
The apparent attempted eye-gouging –- cameras caught Spikes sticking his fingers inside Ealey’s facemask — occurred during Florida’s Oct. 31 victory over Georgia. Spikes was suspended for one half of the following game by Florida coach Urban Meyer, and the player extended his own suspension to a full game because, he said at the Combine, “I didn’t want young guys to think that was the right way to play the game.”