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Neknominate has "gone too far" says rugby player who kicked off drinking game

18th February 2014

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The British rugby player whose Neknomination video saw the game go viral has spoken against it, saying that it has “gone too far.”  

Former London Irish and Barbarians player Ross Samson, 26, has said that Neknominate - which has seen players having sex on camera whilst downing booze and others drinking alcohol mixed with dead, blended mice - has “snowballed” and that he no longer wants anything to do with it.

The craze has so far been implicated in three deaths – that of 20-year-old Bradley Eames, 27-year-old Stephen Brookes and 20-year-old Isaac Richardson.

Although Neknominate went viral in the first weeks of this year after Samson’s video was discussed more than 1,000 times on twitter, it has been reported that the drinking game was mentioned on social media as far back as 2011.

Samson told the Irish Sunday Mirror: “In light of the deaths of people taking it too far, I would rather not be attached to it in any way, any more.”

In the original video, taken in Edinburgh, he says: “I nominate all of you whose birthday it is not. Merry Christmas,” before downing a beer.

This week, lawyers warned that manslaughter charges could be brought against those who had nominated others if there were further deaths.

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