The Twitter messages were innocuous and contained nothing remotely (so-called) “homophobic.” Miami Dolphins special teams standout Don Jones “tweeted” two things after learning former Mizzou defender Michael Sam had been drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the 7th round of the 2014 NFL draft, and seeing the elicit homosexual kiss broadcast on television: “OMG” and “Horrible.”
For heaping all that animosity upon the Rams final draft selection, Mr. Jones was swiftly treated to a suspension and a hefty fine for his inexcusable breach of etiquette. And if doling out these punishments weren’t sufficient, the Dolphins are requiring Jones, a player about to enter his sophomore season, to “complete educational training for his comments” prior to returning to the team.
Like a stronger case was needed to demonstrate the moral hypocrisy and Marx-like propaganda apparatus of the NFL, consider what two players “tweeted” following the announcement of the not-guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman trial. When the case was thus adjudicated Roddy White of the Atlanta Falcons and Victor Cruz of the NY Giants, both wide receivers, took to Twitter to voice their displeasure.
If Jones’s two comments “OMG” and “Horrible” warrant such a severe rebuke, why were White and Cruz scarcely even chastened for theirs? Apparently it is far worse to disagree with vulgar displays of same-sex foreplay than it is to call for the death of a man a jury had found innocent.
Case and point, in the aftermath of Martin-Zimmerman, White famously commented that:
“All them [sic] jurors should go home tonight and kill themselves for letting a grown man get away with killing a kid… what kind of world do we live in?”
Meanwhile the light-cleated, salsa-dancing Cruz opined in Twitter-land:
“Thoroughly confused. Zimmerman doesn’t last a year before the hood catches up to him.”
While both of these men later apologized, neither actually appeared the least bit contrite. In any case, Mr. Jones of the Dolphins also apologized for his remarks, but to no avail. The hasty and coarse sentence was pronounced and that was that.
And in as much as condoning and encouraging violence against Zimmerman fell upon deaf ears, neither White nor Cruz receiving even a slap on the wrist by comparison, questioning or even appearing to question the morality of overt homosexuality and its potential impact upon social institutions like the NFL is paramount to committing the unpardonable sin in the eyes of some.
In reply to Mr. White’s question about the “kind of world we live in,” the painfully obvious answer is this: “a world where freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of thought no longer exist. A fundamentally transformed America that resembles nothing of the constitutional republic the framers fought and died for.”
In the immediate situation, rational-thinking folks will recognize this truth - Hypocrisy, thy name is “NFL.”