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Patriots LB Spikes Causes Controversy Over ‘Homophobic’ Tweet

T.J. Graham tries to avoid being tackled by Brandon Spikes. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

T.J. Graham tries to avoid being tackled by Brandon Spikes. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — 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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