You only get 140 character spaces on Twitter to say what you have to say. Miami Dolphin defensive back Don Jones only needed three. The rookie who was drafted just last season in the seventh round out of Arkansas State sent out a Tweet after openly gay defensive lineman Michael Sam was drafted and kissed his boyfriend on national TV.
Jones Tweeted, OMG and then Horrible in seperate Tweets after the kiss. Not a smart thing to do after all the locker room problems in South Florida last season. Center Mike Pouncy was called on the virtual carpet earier in the draft after the Dolphins first round pick was made. The lineman Tweeted, "Great pic! I can't wait for our gifts he's giving us! lol"
On Sunday night the Dolphins released the following email suspending Jones and fining him.
Miami Dolphins Safety Don Jones Fined, Excused from Team Activities
Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones has been fined an undisclosed amount and excused from all team activities until such time that he undergoes and completes educational training for his recent comments made on social media during the NFL Draft.
Head Coach Joe Philbin
“We were disappointed to read Don’s tweets during the NFL Draft. 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.”
“I want to apologize to Michael Sam for the inappropriate comments that I made last night on social media. 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.”
- The Smoke Clears at 8:00 P.M. for the 2014 NFL Draft
- Miami Dolphin General Manager Dennis Hickey Comments on This Year’s Draft
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