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We never dreamed that there would be such an uproar regarding the story of an NFL player who had an image of himself land on a family member’s Facebook page.  The player in question doesn’t have a high degree of name recognition, and we badly underestimated the degree of curiousity it would create.
We were concerned initially about posting the photo and identifying the player because our information was based only on our source, and because it wasn’t obvious that the player was who we were told he was.  We have since obtained information from two more sources, so we’re now confident that we can post the photo without fear of getting the NFLPA treatment in a court of law.
But we post the photo and identify the player with this disclaimer — the picture appeared on the Facebook page of his younger sister, and she has since claimed that she Photoshopped it.  (An if it’s truly Photoshopped, then we should fire Taco Bill and hire her.)
We’re also told that the player is not in trouble with his team.  (That said, another source said that the picture was taken down only after the team became aware of it.)
The player in question is Eagles cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu, a 2008 fourth-round draft pick who tore an ACL in January and who has been shelved for his rookie year.  He was regarded as a potential first-round selection before being injured, even with pending criminal charges arising from the theft of an Xbox (the old kind, not a 360).  He reached a plea deal in the days leading up to the draft, but the arrangement cratered when his brother, also charged in the incident, refused to accept it.
Here’s the photo.  He’s the guy on the right with his hand over his mouth, Photoshopped or otherwise.  (And as several readers have pointed out, the powder apparently are crushed up pills — most likely aspirin — and not cocaine.  We’ll defer to Matt Jones of the Jags for a final ruling.)


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  1. navysully says: Nov 13, 2008 8:48 PM


  2. BuckFutter says: Nov 13, 2008 8:50 PM

    Ooooohhh wow….that was worth it….
    Do any of you who were obsessive about it now feel at least SLIGHTLY like you need a life?

  3. BuckFutter says: Nov 13, 2008 8:51 PM

    Also, more importantly….is that Jamal Anderson?

  4. titans_fan says: Nov 13, 2008 8:51 PM

    Florio, you pushover!

  5. Ravenmaniac says: Nov 13, 2008 8:52 PM

    Who in the hell is that?
    That is not a bong, it is an oil lamp….if you look at the reflection in the table I think I see Florio…photoshopped or otherwise…

  6. narrabeen23 says: Nov 13, 2008 8:52 PM

    figures that im an eagles fan lol.
    dude! Pills!?!? Coke!!?!? a Bong!?!?!? No wonder this guy is laughin his ass off!

  7. andyinsdca says: Nov 13, 2008 8:52 PM

    The dude on the left looks like he was photoshopped in.

  8. B-dawk says: Nov 13, 2008 8:53 PM

    Even more important to note Buckfutter….they reeealllly need to change that bong water.

  9. joemorgan says: Nov 13, 2008 8:54 PM

    Wow, so you build all this hype, and it’s some guy named Jake Motogotz nobody has ever heard of?

  10. narrabeen23 says: Nov 13, 2008 8:55 PM

    dude on the left looks like Heat G Mario Chalmers for real!

  11. titans_fan says: Nov 13, 2008 8:56 PM

    You call that a party???
    -Matt Jones

  12. mixmasterjeff says: Nov 13, 2008 8:56 PM

    Wow, the white looks way too cut up anyway.

  13. LiveNBreath Football says: Nov 13, 2008 8:56 PM

    You should have waited until you had the verification to even mention it.
    If that sucker is photoshopped, ya’all need to excuse me I need to go to my tiara fitting.

  14. GMenbacktoback says: Nov 13, 2008 8:56 PM

    what about the rolled up thing in his right hand?? and those are pills that they are crushing,, maybe adderol, vikes.. not coke… great photobucket job.. haha

  15. chronicbucks says: Nov 13, 2008 8:57 PM

    hes got the tooter in his hand
    talk about being caught red handed
    cocaine is a hell of a drug =)

  16. bigjoey46us says: Nov 13, 2008 8:57 PM

    Ill agree that there is a huge bong, but that most likely is not Coke. If you look above the crushed lines and to the left a little there are two little white pills. They probably crushed the pills and are snorting them. Could be any number of things that they are sniffing.

  17. 08198SIX says: Nov 13, 2008 8:58 PM

    Definitely not coke by the way…
    It’s clearly those white pills chopped up… probably some kind of pain killer..

  18. PhillyChef says: Nov 13, 2008 8:58 PM

    So that’s where the Reid boyz stash went!!! Damn, looks like some kind of party!!! Just need a few um, “dancers” and you’d be all set!!!

  19. sporkdevil says: Nov 13, 2008 8:58 PM

    Thanks finally Florio.
    That’s not blow though, they crushed up some good ol pills though! Probably helping with that busted knee, crushing up some OC’s and taken em to the dome.
    However, if I was smart (which, from everything that has happened with Igke.. Igkenelse….. that corner from Wisconsin, he isn’t).
    Wasn’t he the player who was going to re-enter the draft if no one picked him high enough? Before he found out about the rules?

  20. Bubby Brister says: Nov 13, 2008 8:58 PM

    Photoshopped, that might be the worst excuse I’ve heard since “I slipped on a McDonald’s bag”.
    Why would you photoshop a bong and some blow into a picture of your brother and his friend?

  21. BuckFutter says: Nov 13, 2008 8:59 PM

    Wait….by “the guy on the right”….do you mean our right, or the guy on the right in the picture? Because they are two different people.
    You could have said “The guy holding the rolled up paper with the booger sugar in his nostril”….woulda been clearer.

  22. Bubby Brister says: Nov 13, 2008 8:59 PM

    It also looks like there’s some pills on the table and he has a tooter in his hand.

  23. titans_fan says: Nov 13, 2008 9:00 PM

    That guy seems cool as hell!
    -Pacman Jones

  24. freddietimm says: Nov 13, 2008 9:03 PM

    1) Is he holding a cigarete in his right hand? How many NFL CBs smoke cigarettes?
    2) Notice the 2 pills just below the bong. Does cocaine come in pill for now? The powder in question is circular, and could be one of those pills but crushed.
    3) You not only have an injury problem, but a history of character issues, why allow yourself to be pictured with a bong, unknown crushed drug, and smoking…you are a CB…you are a rookie…you haven’t proven anything yet.
    3a) Your brother screws your plea, and your sister dimes you out on face book. Is there anyone of the 3 of you who do not have questionable judgment? Never mind, you tried to steal a first gen Xbox.

  25. snooop says: Nov 13, 2008 9:03 PM

    The old Xbox… LMFAO!!!!

  26. sporkdevil says: Nov 13, 2008 9:05 PM

    I bet you Reid’s kids hooked up Ikegwo…. Ikeguow…. that corner from Wisconsin.

  27. chronicbucks says: Nov 13, 2008 9:05 PM

    good call bubby on the pills, look like theyve been hanging around Nick Kaczur on the pats
    im betting percocet or Oxy

  28. mjsween2003 says: Nov 13, 2008 9:06 PM

    Damn, and I had Ikegwuonu at 10000000000:1 odds

  29. JZuluaga1 says: Nov 13, 2008 9:08 PM

    that was underwhelming

  30. Xempt says: Nov 13, 2008 9:09 PM

    i dont think thats coke, its probably oxycotins or something along those lines. people chop up and snort pills and i see two pills in the picture. and it looks like young jack is holding a straw or a marlboro light. and both of those dudes are blown

  31. SomeCallMeTim says: Nov 13, 2008 9:09 PM

    Jack is the guy on the left not the guy on the right. Look at his pic on the eagles site it’s pretty obvious.

  32. bigblue59 says: Nov 13, 2008 9:15 PM

    Gives a new meaning to fly eagles fly
    Was the picture taken at one of Andy Reids kids birthday partys?

  33. 3amigosalute says: Nov 13, 2008 9:15 PM

    Damn. Looks like they’re having a lot more fun than I am!!

  34. The Jimmy says: Nov 13, 2008 9:18 PM

    Wonder what’s so funny?
    Also wonder who is the bigger idiot…..the guy that let his picture be taken or the sister that thought it was a good idea to post it.

  35. dannyboy0035 says: Nov 13, 2008 9:27 PM


  36. texasPHINSfan says: Nov 13, 2008 9:29 PM

    anti-climatic for sure, but you guys jumping on florio for the “hype” and “building it up” need a wake-up call. he just posted a blurb about it, it was 190+ crazed readers of PFT that hyped it up. 😉

  37. ralphthedog says: Nov 13, 2008 9:30 PM

    when a picture is photoshopped there are hidden markers in the picture. it makes it easy to prove a forgery or a photo enhancement. It would take an expert about 30 seconds to prove this isn’t photoshopped. that is how long it took me….

  38. smfowler says: Nov 13, 2008 9:32 PM

    WHatever… those two pills are for later.

  39. hesawinner says: Nov 13, 2008 9:34 PM


  40. Bronkko says: Nov 13, 2008 9:34 PM

    taco bill using his powers of detection?

  41. titans_fan says: Nov 13, 2008 9:36 PM

    If he had asked I would have given him my old Xbox

  42. bakler5 says: Nov 13, 2008 9:39 PM

    Its not coke. It is Oxy Cotton (contin). Probably most popular drug out there right now. Harsh shit if you get addicted, I know all about it. Hard shit to get off.

  43. CaptainFantastik says: Nov 13, 2008 9:40 PM

    I’ll bet any money the pills are Oxycontin. I used to know people who would chop those pills and I did it once myself back in college. That’s a nice bong……i’ve smoked out of far better….but nice. You can pull some nice rips out of that thing. 420!!!!

  44. BUCK NASTY says: Nov 13, 2008 9:43 PM

    Good job Florio. Getting you facts straight. Awsome job covering your ass. Next time you should make people link to C.F.T. Just for the hits on the site.

  45. Pea Tear Griffin says: Nov 13, 2008 9:45 PM

    Props for actually following up.
    Did you really think everyone wasn’t going to flip sh!t about talking about a picture and NOT showing it??

  46. JERZE says: Nov 13, 2008 9:51 PM

    If they photoshopped him in, they did a helluva job making the cushions hes leaning on even have the indent….that aint photoshopped, the table aint photoshopped in cause you can see the effect of the glass on the white line of the jacket, the one guys holding the tooter….if that isnt evidence i dont know what the hell is. They suspend a bunch of guys for testing for the water weight/masking thing, but this is ok?

  47. giantsr1 says: Nov 13, 2008 9:55 PM

    here is the link to shockey taking a bong hit…
    enjoy it…

  48. jets83 says: Nov 13, 2008 9:56 PM

    Next to the bong there are two pills. Most likely he is snorting crushed up pills, not coke. Either way, pretty funny

  49. ACforever says: Nov 13, 2008 9:57 PM

    So we’re supposed to believe you teased us with a story about a pic of an NFL player apparently doing drugs, then were shocked when we all made such a big deal about it. Yeah. Slightly disingenuous there Florio. And that’s being kind.

  50. ROY11 says: Nov 13, 2008 10:03 PM

    ACforever is right on, anyway Florio, I think you’d be well advised to retract your claim that the powder on the table is cocaine. You don’t know, and you’re likely mistaken.

  51. PortlandPackerFan says: Nov 13, 2008 10:03 PM

    That lived up to its billing. Are people really still surprised or outraged. Drugs are everywhere you turn in our society. Our bankers, realtors, favorite athletes, relatives, and probably even your kids elementary school teacher do drugs. GET OVER IT!

  52. go_bucs says: Nov 13, 2008 10:06 PM

    this is why you dont drink the bong water

  53. titans_fan says: Nov 13, 2008 10:27 PM

    Hey I’m not sure if anyone has pointed this out but I don’t think that’s coke, it looks like some crushed up pills. Anways, justed wanted to clear that up for everyone.

  54. brasho says: Nov 13, 2008 10:33 PM

    No surprise, it was more than Jack’s ACL that was blown apart leading up to the draft, he was a major character risk according to any and every draft expert and the biggest surprise regarding him was that he was drafted so high despite tearing his ACL shortly after declaring for the draft and having some major character issues. He’s a dunce and once the Eagles cut his dumb ass he’ll be able to fall back on that 4th round pick signing bonus and 2 1/2 years of college to get himself a great job… dealing coke.

  55. QotSA says: Nov 13, 2008 10:36 PM

    They’re snorting aspirin, Florio? Are you sure?

  56. datruth2100 says: Nov 13, 2008 10:45 PM

    um…. has anyone noticed part of his ear is missing and the back of his head is completely flat? So unless mike tyson is hanging out with them there may be a slight chance his dumbass sister did photoshop this picture.

  57. zygi milf says: Nov 13, 2008 10:58 PM

    @ Ravenmaniac – that IS a bong. How many oil lamps have a pipe attached to them?
    @ many, many of you who keep stating that it definitely is not cocaine… are all wrong – it may not be cocaine, but unless you are there to taste it, you can’t say it’s definitely not, or that it’s crushed up pills or whatever…. exactly what do you think cocaine looks like? Cocaine in powder form is white, or sometimes has a slight pinkish hue, or even an off-white hue – it depends on what it is cut with – and by cut, I mean what it is diluted with – not chopped.
    And that could be a cigarette in his right hand, but it sure looks like a plastic straw to me. The pills could be anything. The bong water looks clean – the glass or plastic is amber.
    If that is photoshopped, it is one hell of a job. Look through the glass table – do you see anything that looks cut and pasted?

  58. Vox Veritas says: Nov 13, 2008 11:29 PM

    “um…. has anyone noticed part of his ear is missing and the back of his head is completely flat?”
    Did you notice that his head is resting on a cushion?

  59. JohnnyH says: Nov 13, 2008 11:32 PM


  60. saintsgod69 says: Nov 14, 2008 12:03 AM

    thats not asprin thats ocxycotin

  61. osborn38 says: Nov 14, 2008 12:10 AM

    Probably just a hookah. I’m sure with his spotless record, its all just a misunderstanding.

  62. playmaker says: Nov 14, 2008 12:17 AM

    all that hype for nothing, florio this picture is nothing,
    i cant believe you got us hyped up for this.

  63. ryand says: Nov 14, 2008 12:31 AM

    where are these lines? i see the tooter no lines or crushed up anything….2020 vision i thought…

  64. ryand says: Nov 14, 2008 12:37 AM

    wow im retarded …pills are right there….definitly not coke…ok thats all for me good talk

  65. aeaglesfan10 says: Nov 14, 2008 12:59 AM

    jack is actually the guy on the left. just wanted to let you know florio so you could change that. cause its much worse if jack was the guy on the right since he is the one holding the white tube and obviously just snorted whatever is on the table. you could even go on the eagles website to confirm that jack is actually the guy on the left. just look at how much you could see his gums when he is smiling. jack is the absolutely the guy on the left.

  66. fulcher33 says: Nov 14, 2008 1:00 AM

    Does it bother anyone else that most of the people writing comments seem to know way to much about illegal drugs and the situation the photo shows.

  67. aeaglesfan10 says: Nov 14, 2008 1:01 AM

    jack is the guy on the left. just wanted to let you know florio so you could change that. it is bad enough that jack is in the picture, and even more damaging saying that he is the guy on the right holding the white tube in his hand.

  68. aeaglesfan10 says: Nov 14, 2008 1:16 AM

    the guy on the left is actually jack. I think you should change that florio. it would be much more damaging to be the guy on the right like you claim he is

  69. rmizzzac says: Nov 14, 2008 1:23 AM


  70. jpatterson88 says: Nov 14, 2008 1:43 AM

    Get serious. This poor guy’s sister posted a picture of him of facebook maybe smoking weed? He’s a nobody, give him a break until he is a somebody.

  71. lionheart523 says: Nov 14, 2008 1:45 AM

    he’s just being rebellion

  72. Tex Big Balls says: Nov 14, 2008 2:06 AM

    Horrrible photoshoppery

  73. MightyB says: Nov 14, 2008 2:22 AM

    Jack Ikegwuonu is the guy laying down and laughing,not the one with his hand over his mouth.
    Does anyone know when it was taken? I had that much facial hair or more at 15,and he looks young in the picture.It’s possible that it’s 9-10 years old.
    I know what it looks like,but I honestly hope he doesn’t get in trouble over this.I’ve had tons of friends that don’t smoke and don’t hesitate to flop down next to the potheads and crack jokes that could have had the same picture taken of them at any point.
    They just happened to not get (semi)famous and happened to not have a younger sister born without a brain.

  74. jpuck says: Nov 14, 2008 2:40 AM

    Bong and crushed up pills. A 22 year old. What a surprise………

  75. screaming sheep says: Nov 14, 2008 6:15 AM

    If it was somehow photoshopped, how the hell did they cut them in under the glass table? You can see their legs through the glass. Looks real to me.

  76. Philly2008 says: Nov 14, 2008 6:16 AM

    When I read the first part of this story – the one without the picture – I had this strange feeling that the player in question was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.
    I was wrong; it’s a rookie who won’t play until next season. These are tough times for Eagles’ fans.
    I’m not saying this is a big deal. It’s just somewhat embarrassing. They have problems on the field in addition to Reid’s recent problems with two of his sons.

  77. Philly2008 says: Nov 14, 2008 6:24 AM

    Regarding whether the photo was altered using Photoshop, I think Bubby Brister said it best:
    Why would you photoshop a bong and some blow into a picture of your brother and his friend?

  78. techstar25 says: Nov 14, 2008 7:59 AM

    Definitely not photoshopped. You can see the guys shirt through the bong, and the table. I’m certain that nobody can photoshop that. Or if somebody can, they are getting paid $50/hour by Playboy or National Enquirer magazines and wouldn’t bother with this crap.
    As others have said, the pills are probably oxycodone or a similar heavy-duty painkiller. You mentioned he had ACL surgery, and those are commonly prescribed. I had ACL surgery two years ago and they were prescribed to me, with a few refills too. It’s likely those are leftover, and he’s choosing to snort them (notice the paper roll in his hand, and his hand over his nose). To my knowledge, there would be nothing illegal about him snorting his own medication, and the photo gives no proof he was sharing.
    For all we know, his buddy there was smoking from the bong (which was pointed away from Jack), and Jack was snorting his (doctor prescribed) medication.

  79. thesimplesilence says: Nov 14, 2008 8:14 AM

    Another great draft pick by Andy Reid. Please hand over GM duties to someone else. Please?

  80. bigfog says: Nov 14, 2008 9:38 AM

    Photoshop my ass. Unless the sister has a degree in design, there’s no way that’s a PS.

  81. jc says: Nov 14, 2008 9:49 AM

    It isn’t Jack doing it, so what’s the big deal? My brother is a stoner and I have a lot of pictures of us together with his various drug paraphernalia around. I have a few of him smoking a joint while we play Playstation. I’ve never done the stuff, but the pictures don’t look good.

  82. jeffthejerk says: Nov 14, 2008 10:40 AM

    It’s not coke…there are pills on the table

  83. tmny99 says: Nov 14, 2008 11:04 AM

    LOL–dude definitely has the white residue off those pills in his nostril…and he even has that I’m wasted laugh going on.

  84. Orenthal James says: Nov 14, 2008 11:11 AM

    And I was correct… the player is someone MOST NFL fans have never heard of. So, smart decision not to post the name originally Florio… Jack Ikegwa uh oh…

  85. Bill Romanowski says: Nov 14, 2008 11:13 AM

    Thank you for finishing the story. Perhaps Nick Kaczur could identify the type of pills that are on the table.

  86. JonD says: Nov 14, 2008 12:33 PM

    “the picture appeared on the Facebook page of his younger sister, and she has since claimed that she Photoshopped it.”
    Yeah, black teenage girls are really known for their amazing photoshop skills. And why the hell she would associate her brother with coke, pills and all that stuff is beyond me. It’s obvious that she’s lying but how can you blame her.

  87. Badgers08 says: Nov 14, 2008 12:55 PM

    For whoever wrote this…
    Jack is the one on the left. The one without the sucky stick in his hand…..farthest from the camera….and farthest from the white powder.

  88. Mike D says: Nov 14, 2008 1:40 PM

    I dont know much, but I do know two things: 1) that pic is not photoshopped 2) that is not aspirin chopped up on the table.

  89. jared360 says: Nov 15, 2008 3:12 AM

    JACK IS ON THE LEFT?!?! WTF? Its not even a question he has a distinct look. It probably is pills since hes on crazy meds for his knee but A.)its NOT percocet which are much bigger and full of tylenol, NOT for snorting
    B.) even thou it probably is OC, not sure how you are all so sure when the coating would have to be worked off, prolly 15mg oxycodone instant…basically same thing, but the stuff coulda definately beem photoshopped although I doubt it is. He needs to stay out of situations, and if he is snorting OCs and others are doing Bingers, hell come up clean bc Im sure hes prescribed the OCs for his surgery.

  90. uranidiot25 says: Nov 21, 2008 12:38 PM

    Gotta get your story straight dummy…He’s not the guy on the right, he’s the guy on the left. That’s obviously not cocaine and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t have a younger sister.

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