Federal charges greet men who sold recording to Deadspin

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Joshua Barber and Nicholas Kaiser of Plymouth, Mass., face up to five years in prison and a $500,000 fine for allegedly recording a call they engineered between former Buffalo Bills General Manager Buddy Nix and Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik.



In a criminal complaint posted on Deadspin, federal prosecutors say Deadspin posted audio from the call and paid the pair $200. In an email to Poynter, Deadspin Editor Tommy Craggs confirmed the payment.

"It was fairly innocuous stuff, a time-tested trick earning yuks at the expense of self-serious football men," Deadspin's Jack Dickey writes.

Writing for NFL.com, Dan Hanzus sounds a more ominous note: "The next time you and your friends begin to scheme about an elaborate phone-prank scenario involving NFL front-office personnel, keep the potential consequences in mind."

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.

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