A 19-year-old Belfast man apparently did not take too kindly to criticisms about his football playing skills Saturday afternoon, Nov. 2, and police say the final straw was when one of the man's competitors allegedly used a gay slur to describe his lack of ability.

Belfast Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said James Thomas was arrested on a charge of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon after Thomas responded to the alleged name-calling by going inside a residence and returning with a kitchen knife in-hand.

Cunningham said it was unclear if Thomas made any comments indicating what he might do with the knife, but one of the people who was at the Marsh Road residence playing ball with Thomas intervened and another called police.

"They were all out playing football when I guess somebody made the comment that he wasn't very good at it," said Cunningham.

Cunningham said at one point, Thomas heard one of his competitors call him a gay slur and that was when he walked into the house and obtained the knife.

No one was hurt, Cunningham said.