Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes makes homophobic joke on Twitter

Compares homosexuals to spiders: 'I’m homophobic just like I’m arachnopobic'

Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes makes homophobic joke on Twitter
11 October 2012

Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes took to Twitter this week to post what is his idea of a joke.

‘I’m homophobic just like I’m arachnopobic,’ he tweeted. ‘I have nothing against homosexuals of spiders but I’d still scream if I found one in my bathtub.’

The backlash was immediate.

‘Gotta hand it to for crafting a tweet that makes him sound simultaneously like a tough guy homophobe AND a complete weenie,’ tweeted one man.

Another wrote: ‘It’s a game that represents a product of integrity making homophobic jokes as a professional is a disgrace to that product.’

Then there was this tweet: ‘Your homophobic jokes make me as a New England Patriots fan for most of my life ashamed. I hope the Patriots suspend you.’

One follower had this advice: ‘Really dude? Love you as a player, but kill the joke-telling. Bite Me !!!’

But Spikes has his defenders including one man who tweeted: ‘Don’t conform to being PC online like other athletes. Be you. That’s what Twitter is all about and that’s why we follow you.’

Another supporter wrote: Everybody hating on , grow a set, you don’t like his tweets then unfollow him .

Spikes, who re-tweeted both the pro and con comments, tried to diffuse the situation with this follow-up tweet: ‘PEOPLE !!!! It’s a joke … seriously a JOKE !!! Chill out.’

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