Shortly after St. Louis Rams made former Missouri Tigers’ defensive end Michael Sam the first openly gay player drafted in NFL history, Miami Dolphins’ safety Don Jones took to twitter to express his displeasure with Sam kissing his boyfriend on ESPN in celebration.
Jones tweeted “OMG” and “awful,” but soon took them down.
According to Steven Wine of the Associated Press, Jones has been fined an undisclosed amount and will have to undergo educational training.
“We were disappointed to read Don’s tweets,” coach Joe Philbin said 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.”
The Dolphins reacted swiftly to Jones’ comments in the wake of the team’s bullying scandal last year, which embarrassed the NFL and prompted a nationwide debate about workplace harassment.
Jones, who will not rejoin the team until he completes his educational training, has since apologized.