News Column

Brandon Spikes Tweet Causes a Stir

Oct. 11, 2012

Jeff Howe

Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes has been very active on Twitter, often engaging his fans, for better or worse.

Last night, he attempted to make a joke that drew a mixed reaction, tweeting, "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 later tweeted that he was simply joking: "PEOPLE !!!! It's a joke ... seriously a JOKE !!! Chill out."

One of his followers tweeted at Spikes, "Really dude? Love you as a player, but kill the joke-telling." Another reminded him to be a role model and October is anti-bullying month. Other followers told him to keep being himself and not worry about being politically correct.

The tweet earned much attention from the local news stations last night as well as talk on sports radio this morning.

The NFL doesn't typically step in on Twitter matters. The league didn't fine Packers guard T.J. Lang for blasting the replacement officials for costing them a game against the Seahawks, and it didn't fine Spikes for similar comments after the Pats' loss to the Ravens.

The Patriots could discipline Spikes under a personal conduct policy, but they usually keep such matters in-house.

Source: (c)2012 the Boston Herald. Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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