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Two men charged in NFL phone prank

05/30/2013 1:28 AM ET
By Matt Hughes

Buddy Nix, the former Buffalo Bills general manager, was tricked into discussing free agency with Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik while being recorded. (AP)

Two men are facing federal wiretapping charges after pulling a phone prank on NFL executives.

Officials say 20-year-old Joshua Barber and 20-year-old Nicholas Kaiser succeeded in getting former Buffalo Bills General Manager Buddy Nix and Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik on the phone together through a sequence of phone calls and the conference call function. Barber and Kaiser proceeded to record the March phone conversation and sell the recording to Deadspin -- all of which was done without the consent of either Nix or Dominik.

During their six-minute conversation, Nix and Dominik discussed sensitive NFL and team information, including the pending free agency period, league rules and potential trade scenarios.

Barber and Kaiser are being charged with "intercepting a wire communication and with making a telephone call without disclosing their identity with the intent to annoy or harass the person at the called number."

The brash stunt could come at a steep cost. If convicted, the Plymouth, Mass. natives are each facing a maximum of five years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

Barber and Kaiser are due in a Buffalo, NY court on June 4.

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