Spikes says "homophobic" tweet was a joke

Associated Press  |  Last updated October 11, 2012
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 a JOKE !!! Chill out'' Coach Bill Belichick was not scheduled to speak with reporters on 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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