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Spikes says "homophobic" tweet was a joke

Updated: October 11, 2012, 7:21 PM ET
Associated Press

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

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

He tweeted on 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 ...

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