Reggie Bush implicated in spiking drinks

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In December, Darren Sharper’s codefendant suggested that he witnessed other players spiking drinks at a Las Vegas convention.  At the time, Brandon Licciardi didn’t name names.

Now, John Simerman and Ramon Antonio Vargas of the New Orleans Advocate report that Licciardi identified former Saints (and current Lions) running back Reggie Bush as a player Licciardi saw spiking drinks.

Specifically, Simerman and Vargas report that Licciardi said he saw Bush “drop ecstasy into Champagne glasses and hand out the illicit party drug to women on a nearby dance floor at a Las Vegas club.”

Licciardi later retreated on the claim that he saw Bush spiking drinks.

“No, I didn’t see him put it in the drink,” Licciardi told investigators regarding Bush.  “He told me.  And he said he was handing it to people, in Vegas.  He asked me if I wanted some.

And I was like, I don’t do that stuff.”

Bush has been charged with no wrongdoing in any jurisdiction.  However, the contentions from Licciardi may cause some discomfort in Detroit — and at 345 Park Avenue in Manhattan.

UPDATE 8:07 p.m. ET:  Through his lawyer, Bush has strongly denied the allegations.

81 responses to “Reggie Bush implicated in spiking drinks

  1. “Bush has been charged with no wrongdoing in any jurisdiction”

    I remember when I was charged with no wrongdoing. It was the worst. I had to do something wrong to get it dismissed.

  2. This tells you everything you need to know seeing that a man built like a greek god, who is a multi-millionaire needs to spike the drinks of women to get them interested in him.

  3. Brandon Licciardi would say anything to make his trouble go away. Without proof there is nothing to say Bush did anything. However, the Lion are going to cut Bush regardless this offseason so he might be calling it a career.

  4. If some women come out against Bush like the women who came out against Sharper, Bush will have some explaining to do. Until then, it is all some dummies word against Reggie, who needs to say nothing in his own defense.

  5. I think it should take more than the words of a criminal defendant to ruin a man’s reputation.

  6. Not saying he’s innocent or guilty but we need to be careful with this. If you’re accused your reputation is instantly shot. Let’s just let the justice system play out before judging

  7. Looks like it’s gonna be long 5 months. With every day that a current or a former employee of the NFL does something wrong. What about the good things that players do? Like the guy that won the Walter Payton award? Why didn’t we hear about stuff like? I know there is ALOT more good stuff that players are doing, but we never hear about on this site.

  8. chinahand11 says:
    Feb 6, 2015 5:54 PM
    Defamation of character anyone? Fasten your seatbelt Licciardi, unless you have proof you just stepped in it big time.

    ———————-

    No. Bush would have to prove that it is false. Licciardi made the statement and is considered true in a libel claim until Bush proves it to be false. He didn’t step in anything because there’s no way for Bush to prove that he didn’t spike any drinks.

  9. It blows my mind how guys like Licciardi can point the finger at others who are allegedly guilty of the same things, as if this minimizes his own despicable wrong-doing. “But…but I saw him doing it tooo! It wasn’t just me trying to rape innocent girls!” He probably genuinely believes that he is providing this great service in an effort to atone for his mistakes, but in reality this lowlife scum likely just wants some company in misery. If Licciardi himself gets caught and punished, why not bring other people down with him…under the veil of “doing what’s right.”

    *Its one thing to actually do these atrociously disgusting acts, but how does one continue to look at themselves in the mirror afterwards? As if their honor is still intact?

  10. bradyisyourdaddy says:
    Feb 6, 2015 6:05 PM
    As a father, I need the NFL to react with a vengeance on this one….

    If this is swept under the rug, it is enough to make me boycott the league…

    ________________________________________

    Dude….it’s not the responsibility of the NFL to police society. How ’bout direct your outrage toward it’s proper place, our justice system!!!

  11. Just trying to make a deal! Darren Sharper is finished and this schmuck is trying to jump off the titanic! You can smell the desperation from Seattle! Lol
    Reggie Bush was at least smart enough not to marry KK

  12. Be honest…. if I told you a month ago that a Lion was going to be part of a criminal investigation, Bush would NOT have been the first name off your tongue.

    Reggie Bush, criminal sleeper!

    SMH

  13. “Bush has been charged with no wrongdoing in any jurisdiction.”

    Me neither.

    Wait, I mean, me too.

    Wait, I mean neither have I.

    Um, hang on, what I meant to say was, so have I.

  14. chinahand11 says:
    Feb 6, 2015 5:54 PM
    Defamation of character anyone? Fasten your seatbelt Licciardi, unless you have proof you just stepped in it big time.

    ————————————-

    The only way Reggie even thinks about a defamation suit, is if his nose is completely clean.

    If he has ANYTHING in his past to be afraid of, a defamation suit exposes him BIG TIME. Anything and everything about him becomes fair game in court.

  15. fngs1 says:
    Feb 6, 2015 6:30 PM
    Looks like it’s gonna be long 5 months. With every day that a current or a former employee of the NFL does something wrong. What about the good things that players do? Like the guy that won the Walter Payton award? Why didn’t we hear about stuff like? I know there is ALOT more good stuff that players are doing, but we never hear about on this site.

    ——————————

    Being a moral and upstanding citizen should not merit praise.

    But being a criminal should deserve exposure.

    That’s why one is worth reporting on, and the other is not.

  16. “narfmoo12 says: Feb 6, 2015 6:33 PM

    chinahand11 says: Feb 6, 2015 5:54 PM Defamation of character anyone? Fasten your seatbelt Licciardi, unless you have proof you just stepped in it big time.
    ———————-
    No. Bush would have to prove that it is false. Licciardi made the statement and is considered true in a libel claim until Bush proves it to be false. He didn’t step in anything because there’s no way for Bush to prove that he didn’t spike any drinks.
    ***
    Are you sure about that? Licciardi is the one who made this statement; would the burden of proof not be on him? Could Reggie not sue him and say “prove it?” Guys can’t run around accusing people of crimes and place the burden of proof on the accused.

  17. It seems like half the commentators here do not understand the difference between Ecstasy (recreational party drug, aka MDMA, aka “Molly”) and Rohypnol (incapacitates and causes memory loss, aka Roofies, aka “The Date-Rape Drug”).

    I’m certainly not saying Reggie Bush is a Saint (well…you know what I mean), but there’s a HUGE distinction to be made between what he is accused of doing and what Sharper is accused of doing.

  18. Staffordsyear

    if you keep saying “cut him” about all the negative crap Detroit players do, you won’t have a team anymore.

    When was Stafford’s year again???

    Cutler is better than Stafford! LMAO!

  19. Hang on a second, even assuming that this true, we’re talking about Ecstasy here, not Rohypnol. Ecstasy is not a date rape drug; I mean, if someone handed me a drink spiked with X I would say thank you! It is not sedative by any means, it is actually a form of amphetamine.

    Of course, that’s assuming it is actually MDMA (which, incidentally, really should not be consumed with alcohol). I think some people really need to head over to Erowid and bone up on their knowledge of recreational substances before they talk about ‘spiking’ a drink.

  20. Put him on the commissioners exempt list, just likePeterson. Make him sit for a year, just like Peterson. It’s domestic violence to think about trying to rape women. Where is the consistency from Goodell?

  21. Spikegate? Why is this not on good morning America? National News? TMZ? They have just as much proof as deflategate! Oh thats right, its not the Pats so no one will blow this out of proportion.

  22. What? This is shocking. Reggie Bush has been nothing but honorable his entire college and pro career. There must be some mistake.

  23. Spiking drinks and raping women? At least he didn’t deflate a football for a game. One article will be more than enough on this. Back to deflategate articles.

  24. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says:
    Feb 6, 2015 6:51 PM
    It seems like half the commentators here do not understand the difference between Ecstasy (recreational party drug, aka MDMA, aka “Molly”)…

    ——————-

    I agree with your statement, but at the same time… If you go to a club and buy “Ecstasy” or “Molly” from 10 different sources, you’re going to end-up with 10 wildly different recipes of the drug. Some, in fact many, may not even contain MDMA at all.

    Ecstasy, more often than not, is NOT PURE, and is either completely counterfeited with, or is laced with;

    Caffeine, aspirin, baking powder, cocaine, ketamine, dextromethorphan, salt, sugar, and basically any other substance you can imagine.

    And resultantly, spiking someone’s drink with who-knows-what can be deadly for a whole host of reasons.

    Even if it were pure MDMA, which is typically considered safe at recreational levels, one must still be cognizant of the effects that MDMA has on the body, like dehydration and ensuing depression. If you are unaware that you have just consumed several doses of MDMA, and you fail to rehydrate yourself with water, or worse yet, continue drinking hard alcohol… You could be in for a trip to the hospital or morgue.

    So don’t pretend like that sort of behavior is responsible.

  25. chinahand11 says:
    Feb 6, 2015 6:51 PM
    “narfmoo12 says: Feb 6, 2015 6:33 PM

    chinahand11 says: Feb 6, 2015 5:54 PM Defamation of character anyone? Fasten your seatbelt Licciardi, unless you have proof you just stepped in it big time.
    ———————-
    No. Bush would have to prove that it is false. Licciardi made the statement and is considered true in a libel claim until Bush proves it to be false. He didn’t step in anything because there’s no way for Bush to prove that he didn’t spike any drinks.
    ***
    Are you sure about that? Licciardi is the one who made this statement; would the burden of proof not be on him? Could Reggie not sue him and say “prove it?” Guys can’t run around accusing people of crimes and place the burden of proof on the accused.

    ——————————

    The burden of proof is on Bush. It’s always on the Plaintiff to prove that the defendant did the action. So Bush, as the plaintiff in a potential libel claim, has to prove that Licciardi, the defendant, is lying to win a libel claim.

  26. @Narfmoo: with respect, I just cannot see that Reggie would have to prove his innocence, and thank you for the legal education. Certainly it does not make sense to me.

    But if the burden of proof is on the libeled, then what is to stop people from accusing others of doing socially unacceptable actions? Like “so-and-so looks up dresses” or “so-and-so flicks little kids behind the ear at the supermarket?” This is damaging to someone’s rep (I know, I know, it’s an NFL guy). I cannot see how Licciardi can blurt this stuff out about Bush and get away with it. Which he could, of course, how’s Reggie going to prove he did not spike drinks some time ago? What if it was a murder accusation? Sux.

  27. The Lions don’t care. His contract is up. His career likely over. The commish can’t take any action against a guy no longer employed by the league.

  28. Since there were questions pertaining to “burden of proof” and who’s got it, with respect to defamation/slander/libel, I researched it real quick…

    The burden of proof falls on the PERSON MAKING CLAIMS.

    However, there is a huge caveat to consider…

    When the questionable claims are levied against a PUBLIC PERSON (aka a “famous” person, such as a politician, actor or ATHLETE), the burden of proof has a much higher bar… MEANING, when you make claims against a public person, like Reggie Bush, Bush would have to proof the claims were made with RECKLESS DISREGARD to their validity.

    Whereas a PERSON MAKING CLAIMS about a PRIVATE person only has to be found guilty of knowingly making false claims OR FAILING TO VALIDATE the truth behind claims before making them.

    That means, when you make a statement about a famous person, you are NOT legally expected to validate the truthfulness of a claim before making it. You must also prove to be reckless in your assertions.

    Tl;dr… Bush has no defamation case here.

  29. cospgsmadman says:

    CONVICTS SAY ANYTHING
    ====================================

    So what would a convict gain by picking Bush’s name out of the blue and lying about something like this?

  30. Reggie Bush has always been a scumbag. It’s appalling how he gets a free pass for his independent transgressions in college that got USC railroaded by the NCAA, while Pete Carroll somehow received the tarnished image for it.

  31. Reggie Bush has always been a scumbag. It’s appalling how he gets a free pass for his independent transgressions in college that got USC railroaded by the NCAA, while Pete Carroll somehow received the tarnished image for it.

  32. chinahand11 says:
    Feb 6, 2015 5:54 PM
    “Defamation of character anyone? Fasten your seatbelt Licciardi, unless you have proof you just stepped in it big time.”

    libel proof plaintiff anyone?

  33. To the people calling for Bush’s head, you do realize that all we have to go on is the word of someone who — unlike Bush — has been charged with a crime, right?

  34. > “Being a moral and upstanding citizen should not merit praise.

    But being a criminal should deserve exposure.

    That’s why one is worth reporting on, and the other is not.”

    That’s silly. Often people speak about role models. If we don’t hold up those that do good or great deeds as role models, but only publicize those that do bad, those will be the only ones we see to model after.

    I, for one, would welcome more positive news. Constant negativity makes me want to turn away from all this. How many people are getting sick and tired of hearing about how bad the people that they root for are?

  35. Oh well, when Reggie gets the BOOT from the NFL he has nowhere else to go ! We have already removed his entire presence from our Trojan Football History including his Heisman. Remember Reggie, you didn’t make USC, USC made You !!! See ya and can’t wait until you’re done !!!

  36. Fried Toast says:
    Feb 6, 2015 11:47 PM
    > “Being a moral and upstanding citizen should not merit praise.

    But being a criminal should deserve exposure.

    That’s why one is worth reporting on, and the other is not.”

    That’s silly. Often people speak about role models. If we don’t hold up those that do good or great deeds as role models, but only publicize those that do bad, those will be the only ones we see to model after.

    I, for one, would welcome more positive news. Constant negativity makes me want to turn away from all this. How many people are getting sick and tired of hearing about how bad the people that they root for are?

    ——————

    Well, I guess unlike you, my moral compass is true regardless of what news stories I read.

    I’ve never needed fluff articles to calibrate my ethical standing.

    Nor have I ever desired or expected praise for doing the right thing or being a good person. People should just always make sound and proper decisions without the expectation of praise.

    I do, on the other hand, need to be notified of potential criminals so that I may avoid them in my personal and business dealings.

  37. There are no alleged victims here. No complaints. Just a story from an actual alleged criminal.

  38. Lol. He already lied, saying he saw it happen, then saying that’s not how it went down.

    Discredited himself right there. Oops…

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