In the tweet, Spikes compared homophobia to arachnophobia:
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 !— brandon spikes (@BrandonSpikes55) October 10, 2012
Spikes later defended the 'joke' by Tweeting:
PEOPLE !!!! It’s a joke … seriously a JOKE !!! Chill out— brandon spikes (@BrandonSpikes55) October 10, 2012
Spikes had most recently taken to Twitter to bash the replacement refs following the Patriots 31-30 Week 3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football.
Thus far, there has been no response from the Patriots or the NFL but Spikes faces punishment if he's deemed to have violated the league's personal conduct policy.
Through five games, the third-year pro is tied for second on the Patriots with 26 tackles. He's also tied for the team lead with three forced fumbles.