Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes claimed Thursday his controversial tweet, in which he touched on homophobia, was nothing more than a joke.

"PEOPLE !!!! It’s a joke … seriously a JOKE !!! Chill out," Spikes tweeted Thursday.

The original tweet, posted Wednesday, said:

"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!"

This is the second time this season Spikes has caused a stir on Twitter as he wrote following the Patriots loss to Baltimore two weeks ago:


"Can someone please tell these f****** zebras foot locker called and they’re needed Back at work !!!! #BreakingPoint"