Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes was criticized by some after he tweeted the following on Wednesday:
"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!"
Spikes, who made news when he ripped replacement officials just minutes after the Patriots lost to the Ravens on Sept. 23, received negative feedback after the tweet Wednesday, which some viewed as promoting an anti-gay message. Spikes responded to the criticism hours later, again on Twitter.
"PEOPLE !!!! It’s a joke … seriously a JOKE !!! Chill out," Spikes wrote.
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