Brandon Spikes: Tweet a joke

Updated: October 11, 2012, 8:08 PM ET
Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes says he was joking when he tweeted he was "homophobic."

Spikes, who is having a strong season, is a prolific user of Twitter.

He tweeted Wednesday night that "I'm homophobic just like I'm arachnophobic. I have nothing against homosexuals or spiders, but I'd still scream if I found one in my bathtub !"

After receiving several negative comments on Twitter, he tweeted, "PEOPLE !!!! It's a joke ... seriously a JOKE !!! Chill out"

Coach Bill Belichick was not scheduled to speak with reporters Thursday. The team usually does not announce when it disciplines a player.

Before the NFL officials' lockout ended, Spikes posted a tweet that compared replacement officials to Foot Locker employees.


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