Patriots mum on controversial Spikes tweet

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Patriots mum on controversial Spikes tweet

FOXBORO -- Brandon Spikes has long been one of the most active Patriots on Twitter, unafraid to share links, exchange messages with followers, or tell jokes. One crack on Wednesday night drew varied reactions on the social media site and became a topic of discussion in the Patriots locker room on Thursday.

Spikes wrote:

Im homophobic just like Im arachnophobic.I have nothing against homosexuals or spiders but Id still scream if I found one in my bathtub ! brandon spikes (@BrandonSpikes55) October 10, 2012

After receiving a mixed reaction from some of his followers, Spikes tried to make clear that the message was an attempt at a joke.

PEOPLE !!!! Its a joke seriously a JOKE !!! Chill out brandon spikes (@BrandonSpikes55) October 10, 2012

Spikes was not available to speak in the Patriots locker room on Thursday morning, but some of his teammates who were present were asked to respond.

"To be honest with you, all my focus is on the Seattle Seahawks," Jerod Mayo said. "I don't even have Twitter so I don't even pay attention to that stuff . . . That's something you'll have to ask him. I really have no comment on it."

Patriots receiver Wes Welker has a popular Twitter account, but he also would not respond to questions concerning Spikes' tweet.

"I haven't seen anything so I can't really comment on it," Wes Welker said. "I'm just concentrating on Seattle so I really don't have any comments at all on it."

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.

"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.

"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.

Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.