Two Massachusetts men accused of initiating a phone call between two NFL general managers, recording it and selling the audio remained free without bail Tuesday after answering to federal wiretapping charges.
Joshua Barber and Nicholas Kaiser declined to speak with reporters after appearing briefly with their lawyers in U.S. District Court in Buffalo, where the judge entered not guilty pleas on their behalf and released them.
The two 20-year-olds from Plymouth, Mass., had been angling for an NFL tryout for Barber, a part-time deli worker, when they posed as Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik in March and dialed Buffalo Bills then-GM Buddy Nix, according to the criminal complaint.
Barber, a Bills fan, got nervous when Nix answered, so Barber hung up, investigators said. Barber then called Dominik’s office and while he was being connected, Nix called Barber’s number back, thinking he had been disconnected from Dominik, authorities said.
Barber used the call merge function on his iPh...