A Miami Dolphins Player Is Already Suspended for Offensive Tweet About Michael Sam
That's the adjective Jones tweeted out shortly after Sam celebrated joining the Rams by kissing his boyfriend, Vito Cammisano. Sam is the first out gay man on an NFL roster.
Jones first tweeted a simple "omg" when the news broke that Sam made the NFL draft. A Twitter follower then asked him if his terse exclamation related to Sam. Jones responded, "Horrible."
Jones quickly took down the tweet and made his account private, but the Miami Herald grabbed a screenshot before the tweet disappeared into the ether of the Internet.
Posted without comment: pic.twitter.com/X4LIrQ18cR— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) May 10, 2014
Jones was suspended and fined after his offensive tweet.
"We were disappointed to read Don's tweets during the NFL Draft," Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said in a statement about the suspension. "They were inappropriate and unacceptable, and we regret the negative impact these comments had on such an important weekend for the NFL."
After all the speculation that a gay man could never fit into America's hyper-macho football culture, Jones' one-word tweet seemed a relatively minor blip of homophobia compared to the otherwise overwhelmingly positive statements from players, coaches and fans.
Congrats to Michael Sam. At the end of the day we are all football players and the guy can play ball.— Darius Fleming (@dfleming58) May 10, 2014
Congrats to @MikeSamFootball and to every player drafted this year! To those who weren't drafted...Your dream is still within reach!— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) May 10, 2014
Jones was quick to apologize to Sam:
"I want to apologize to Michael Sam for the inappropriate comments that I made last night on social media," Jones said. "I take full responsibility for them and I regret that these tweets took away from his draft moment."