Miami Dolphins fine, suspend player following comments about Michael Sam

http://twitter.com/#!/AbramsonPBP/status/465678574096506880

Michael Sam was the 249th overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. After he was chosen by the St. Louis Rams, a photo of Sam kissing his boyfriend made the rounds. This was re-tweeted by Sam:

http://twitter.com/#!/Vitcamm/status/465325561402101760

After the national coverage of Sam celebrating being drafted by the Rams, Miami Dolphins defensive back Don Jones tweeted “OMG” and “horrible”:

http://twitter.com/#!/PageQSports/status/465299989678141440

As a result, the Dolphins announced that the team is fining Jones and undisclosed sum and suspending him pending “educational training”:

http://twitter.com/#!/MiamiDolphins/status/465677036795592704

From the team statement:

Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones has been fined an undisclosed amount and excused from all team activities until such time that he undergoes and completes educational training for his recent comments made on social media during the NFL Draft.

Head Coach Joe Philbin
“We were disappointed to read Don’s tweets during the NFL Draft. They were inappropriate and unacceptable, and we regret the negative impact these comments had on such an important weekend for the NFL.

Full statement here. It includes Don Jones’ apology.

Commenters on Twitter tried to sort it out, including what exactly Jones’ “educational training” will consist of:

http://twitter.com/#!/HCharara17/status/465677580213829632
http://twitter.com/#!/senseiAB/status/465678237625225216
http://twitter.com/#!/kmattio/status/465695349542490112
http://twitter.com/#!/TheTweetSlinger/status/465702003503820800
http://twitter.com/#!/MiamiFins8/status/465678583965315073
http://twitter.com/#!/JoeyyJetss/status/465678742644617217
http://twitter.com/#!/Matthops82/status/465697903378321410

@MiamiDolphins

Freaking stupid
Dumb rude politically incorrect speech is STILL Free Speech— Johnny Dude (@DixieSportsman) May 12, 2014

http://twitter.com/#!/hikinadams/status/465679101454331904
http://twitter.com/#!/DoitWithJulio/status/465678544061071360
http://twitter.com/#!/hikinadams/status/465680132703662080
http://twitter.com/#!/Myssatx/status/465692684183552000
http://twitter.com/#!/Sleepyjoe55/status/465693702908698624
http://twitter.com/#!/AmericnElephant/status/465694412656218113
http://twitter.com/#!/amolyajnik/status/465680438267088898
http://twitter.com/#!/BecketAdams/status/465689939149987840
http://twitter.com/#!/BreakingSoprano/status/465695366713581569
http://twitter.com/#!/Tark31/status/465690907631554561

The 2014 season would be Don Jones’ second for the Dolphins, pending the outcome of his “educational training” of course.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/05/12/what-a-circus-miami-dolphins-send-player-to-educational-training-following-comments-about-michael-sam/

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