Bush (R) with Sharper in New Orleans Saints training camp in Aug. 2009
AP Photo/Bill Haber

Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush has denied allegations he spiked drinks several years ago.

By SI Wire
February 06, 2015

Reggie Bush has strongly denied accusations that he drugged women's drinks with ecstasy after a co-defendant in Darren Sharper's rape trial said he had seen the Detroit Lions running back do so, according to Dave Birkett at the Detroit Free Press.

Brandon Licciardi, a former sheriff's deputy in Louisiana who has been charged for helping Sharper drug women in order to rape them, said during an interview with the Orleans Parish district attorney last year that he had seen Bush drop the party drug into champagne and into women's drinks at a club in Las Vegas.

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As reported by the Baton Rouge Advocate on Friday, Licciardi said he saw Bush giving Molly, or MDMA, the active ingredient in ecstasy, to women and putting it in drinks.

“OK, um, I was in Vegas about three years ago and um, Reggie Bush put Molly in Champagne. He was handing out Molly on the dance floor to girls. Handing it out. Like giving it to them,” Licciardi said.

“And how do you know that?” asked James O’Hern, an investigator for the DA’s Office.

“ ’Cause I saw it with my own eyes,” Licciardi responded.

Later, during the same interview, Licciardi was asked again about what he had seen. The 29-year-old walked back his earlier assertion.

“Reggie, yeah. No, I didn’t see him put it in the drink. He told me. And he said he was handing it to people, in Vegas,” Licciardi said. “He asked me if I wanted some. And I was like, ‘I don’t do that stuff.’”

Neither the Lions, who signed Bush to a four-year deal in 2013, nor the Las Vegas office of the Nevada Attorney General's office commented when contacted by the Detroit Free Press. Bush's attorney, however, vigorously denied the allegations, and threatened legal action in response.

"This is outrageous," said Bush's attorney Shawn Holley. "I can say to you on the record that Reggie adamantly, vehemently and unequivocally denies all of the statements in that article. We are demanding a retraction from The Advocate and Reggie is considering taking legal action."

FARRAR: Darren Sharper arrested on suspicion of rape, faces multiple investigations

On Dec. 12, Sharper, who spent 14 seasons in the NFL as a safety for the Saints, Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers, was indicted on two counts of aggravated rape and one count of simple rape stemming from three incidents in New Orleans in late 2013.

He has also been charged with rape and sexual assault in California and Arizona. If convicted in New Orleans, he faces life in prison.

- Christopher Woody




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