New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes created a bit of a Boston media storm this week with a controversial tweet he sent out Wednesday evening. On his verified Twitter account, Spikes wrote the following joke, "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!" His tweet drew a lot of response from his 200,000-plus followers, with opinions varying. Spikes later tweeted, "PEOPLE !!!! It's a joke ... seriously a JOKE !!! Chill out." One local news station led its nightly newscast with the tweet and then sent a news reporter to the Patriots' locker room Thursday. Spikes was not available to the media, and most of his teammates refused to comment on the matter.