Brandon Spikes loses NCAA tournament Twitter bet to fan, will honor it
Mar 26, 2014 at 1:13p ET
Brandon Spikes has to pay up.
The linebacker picked against UConn in the third round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, and a fan on Twitter took the bait.
The fan quickly responded to Spikes' tweet, betting him tickets to the Buffalo Bills-New England Patriots game at Gillette Stadium that the Huskies would beat Villanova by more than seven points. The fan promised to wear the jersey of Spikes, who played for the Patriots last season before signing with the Bills in free agency this offseason, if he lost.
UConn ended up beating Villanova by 12 points, and Spikes delivered on his end of the bet.
It should be interesting to see how much longer athletes continue — or are allowed — to bet with fans over social media. After losing a bet to a fan on the Mercer-Duke game, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White didn't quite follow through on his end of the bargain, offering these tweets in explanation.