Brandon Spikes' AFC Championship ring was stolen, agent says

Brandon Spikes' AFC Championship ring, which was sold on EBay, was stolen from linebacker, agent says

Former New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes has had a rough couple of weeks.

He was cut by the Patriots last week before being cited by Massachusetts state police for being involved in a hit-and-run car crash. Making matters worse, his agent told the Boston Herald that his 2011 AFC Championship ring, which was sold for close to $20,000 on EBay on Tuesday, was stolen.

Gary Uberstine said EBay has been notified about the stolen ring and a police report would be filed. While the ring was listed as sold for $19,499 on the auction website, it's unclear whether the transaction has been finalized.

Police cited Spikes on Friday for leaving the scene of an accident causing injury, speeding, driving negligently and failing to stay within marked lanes. He will receive a summons to Wrentham District Court for a future date.

"The charges against Spikes are the result of a comprehensive investigation that determined that Spikes' Maybach was the car that struck the Murano and that Spikes was driving the car at the time of the crash," state police spokesman David Procopio said in a statement.

Spikes' 2011 Mercedes-Maybach was found abandoned in the median of Interstate 495 in Foxborough on the morning of June 7. Someone in the car, which had significant front-end damage, reported hitting a deer through the vehicle's navigation system, police said.

A short time after the incident was reported, police responded to a hit-and-run call in the same area involving a Nissan Murano that had been rear-ended. Three passengers were transported to the hospital with minor injuries, police said.

Spikes has not spoken publicly about the incident.

Spikes played four seasons with the Patriots after being drafted by the team in 2010. He played with the Buffalo Bills last season before signing an incentive-heavy, one-year contract with New England in May.

Times staff writer Chuck Schilken contributed to this report.

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