Dec 22, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Jerry Hughes (55) looks to block Miami Dolphins strong safety Don Jones (36) at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins’ Don Jones fined for Michael Sam tweet


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.

Tags: Don Jones Miami Dolphins Michael Sam St. Louis Rams

  • Sergio Surroco

    Screw sam

  • Real M-Fing talk !!!

    I need someone to tell what Jones said that was terrible, he said “OMG” and “awful,” and he has the right to voice his opinion, because thats what it is… an opinion and we all are entitled to one… if Jones cannot say “OMG” and “awful,” then i NEVER want to hear crap about troops fighting for our freedoms B.S. again, it seems the more they fight, the more is being taken away from us… just be honest and say we send our bullies over there to rob from those without the means to defend themselves, period ! because i know the troops are not over there fighting so those who disagree can be shouted down into submission… Gays are trying to force something on others they dont fully believe in themselves, or Jones would be able to voice his disapproval.

    if you do not see anything wrong with openly gay men in a lockers room with other men, then there should not be any issues with men and women sharing locker rooms, like they do in other counties… Their lifestyle is form of perversion at best or an illness at worst, we honestly do not know… the only reason its accepted as being normal in mainstream society, while other preversion are not ! because gays have the money, groups, support, people in high places changing laws to forward their agenda, this has nothing to do with the lifestyle being right, or wrong, normal or abnormal … They have the money, and a lot of support which means Jones does not have right to disapprove especially if may affect him directly.

  • David

    I think it was awful as well. I tuned in to watch the draft not a two homosexuals smearing cake on thier face and kissing each other. If I want to watch that I will turn to the approriate channel, not ESPN. Don Jones should not have been suspended or fined.