Miami Dolphin’s player Don Jones has been fined and excused from the team activities until he undergoes sensitivity training after his tweets about the NFL’s first openly gay player, Michael Sam, started an uproar. Jones posted what the Dolphin’s coach called “inappropriate” and “unacceptable” tweets about a fellow NFL player who recently came out as gay, according to USA Today on May 12.
Jones posted the tweets in question during an important weekend for the NFL Draft. Joe Philbin, the Dolphins’ coach, said that they met with Don on Sunday regarding his postings on the social network. The comments aren’t consistent with the “values and standards” of the team’s program, said Philbin, according to Fox News today.
The coach also said that his team will continue to educate the players and emphasize that the tweets sent out by Jones have no place within the league. He also said that within the team these type of comments “will not be tolerated.”
ESPN posted a picture of Sam kissing his boyfriend after he was picked by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the draft. Jones tweeted the word “horrible” describing what he saw. Jones issued a statement through the Dolphins on Sunday which included:
"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.”
Jones also apologized to Stephen Ross, the team, coaches, staff and fans via a statement for posting such inappropriate comments. He also thanked them for giving him the chance to play for the NFL and promised to go forward creating a more positive working environment.