Buffalo Bills legend Takeo Spikes was in attendance for the team’s 2023 home opener against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday.
But while the former middle linebacker might have been a guest of honor on the day — he even gave a pregame speech to the entire stadium — the 46-year-old clearly didn’t approve of how he was treated.
Taking to Twitter after the game, Spikes called out the team for where they sat him in the stadium, sharing a photo of his obstructed view that he says made it feel like he “was in timeout.”
“Congrats to Buffalo Bills for getting a dominant win in home opener. I wish I could’ve stayed for the entire game but seating accommodations were NOT the standard. How you gonna have the NFL Legends supporting with this obstructed sample size of a view!? Felt like I was in timeout,” Spike tweeted.
Congrats to @BuffaloBills for getting a dominant win in home opener. I wish I could've stayed for the entire game but seating accomodations were NOT the standard. How you gonna have the @NFLLegends supporting with this obstructed sample size of a view!? Felt like I was in timeout https://t.co/RT8kAvLomK pic.twitter.com/DTBDMmccJX
— Takeo Spikes, M.B.A (@TakeoSpikes51) September 17, 2023
It’s an undeniably strange move from the Bills given the plethora of VIP seating that exists within NFL stadiums.
Despite the bad karma of sitting Spikes in the nosebleeds, the Bills were able to dismantle the Las Vegas Raiders in front of their home crowd by a score of 38-10 to bring their record to 1-1.
Following their opening week loss to the New Yor Jets, the Bills were able to right the ship on Sunday against the Raiders, particularly quarterback Josh Allen, as he completed 31 of 37 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns.
Selected by the Cincinnati Bengals as the 13th pick in the 1998 draft, Spikes played in the National Football League for 15 seasons, making stops in Cincy, Buffalo, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and San Diego.
A two-time Pro Bowler and one-time first-team All-Pro member, Spikes racked up 1,423 tackles during his illustrious NFL career.