Dolphins Fine and Suspend Don Jones for Controversial Tweet About Michael Sam
A lot of people tweeted a lot of ignorant things after the St. Louis Rams selected Michael Sam in the seventh round of the NFL Draft. And, sadly, that is to be expected. People always have been afraid of difference and change, and they always will be.
Still, you don’t necessarily expect ignorant tweets from people who actually have something (like money) to lose if they say politically incorrect things. You expect them, at least, to keep their disrespectful thoughts to themselves.
Then again, I guess we really shouldn’t be surprised at anything that comes out of the mouth of a Miami Dolphins player any more.
On Saturday, right after the Rams drafted Sam and ESPN broadcast the touching moment when he got the good news, second year Dolphins safety Don Jones fired off a one-word tweet.
Now that one word—”horrible”—is going to cost him. It seems the Dolphins are absolutely sick and tired of their bigoted players saying terrible things that make the entire organization look bad, so they suspended him from the team until he completes some sort of “educational training” and fined him an undisclosed sum of money.
Jones, for his part, has issued an apology. It’s a lot longer than one word:
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.
Of course, you might notice that Jones does not address or deny the underlying beliefs that led him to say what he did, which suggests he’s sorry for what he said, not what he thought.
But hey, it’s better than nothing.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]