The Miami Dolphins have fined cornerback Don Jones and dismissed him from offseason workouts “until such time that he undergoes and completes educational training for his recent comments made on social media during the NFL Draft.”
Jones posted contemptuous comments on his Twitter page after the St. Louis Rams drafted defensive end Michael Sam–the first openly gay NFL player—and ESPN showed an on-air kiss between Sam and his partner. Jones tweeted “omg” and later said the moment was “horrible.”
In February Michael Sam announced that he was gay in an interview with Chris Connelly on ESPN’s Outside the Lines, making him one of the first publicly gay college football players.At the time, no active player had ever come out publicly in NFL history. Anonymous NFL executives later told Sports Illustrated that they expected Sam to fall in the draft as a result of his announcement. This prediction proved true as Sam, the SEC defensive player of the year, was 249th overall pick. If Sam was disappointed, he did not let it show. ESPN televised Sam’s reaction as he received the news, as they do with many players. Sam, overwhelmed with joy, grabbed his partner and shared an on-air kiss.