Dolphins Fine Don Jones for Homophobic Tweet About Michael Sam
If you're on a team that just went through a high-profile bullying scandal that involved lots of homophobic insults, it's probably not a good idea to take to Twitter to react negatively to news that the man who could become the NFL's first openly gay player was drafted. But homophobes typically aren't the smartest people.
Dolphins defensive back Don Jones couldn't help himself, and now he's been fined and temporarily suspended form the team.
Sam was chosen late in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams. ESPN aired his emotional reaction to the news which included Sam kissing and embracing his boyfriend.
Jones tweeted a vague "Omg." When asked by a follower if he was referring to Sam, Jones replies "horrible."
Dolphins brass came down swift.
"We were disappointed to read Don's tweets during the NFL Draft," said Head Coach Joe Philbin in a statement. "They were inappropriate and unacceptable, and we regret the negative impact these comments had on such an important weekend for the NFL. We met with Don today about respect, discrimination and judgment. These comments are not consistent with the values and standards of our program. We will continue to emphasize and educate our players that these statements will not be tolerated."
Jones was fined an undisclosed amount and will be excused from all team functions until he undergoes some educational training.
"I want to apologize to Michael Sam for the inappropriate comments that I made last night on social media," said Jones in his own statement. "I take full responsibility for them and I regret that these tweets took away from his draft moment. I remember last year when I was drafted in the seventh round and all of the emotions and happiness I felt when I received the call that gave me an opportunity to play for an NFL team and I wish him all the best in his NFL career. I sincerely apologize to Mr. Ross, my teammates, coaches, staff and fans for these tweets. I am committed to represent the values of the Miami Dolphins organization and appreciate the opportunity I have been given to do so going forward."
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