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A Miami Dolphins Player Is Already Suspended for Offensive Tweet About Michael Sam

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Michael Sam in his Mizzou uniform.
Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones' reaction to the St. Louis Rams drafting Michael Sam can be summed up in one word:

Horrible.

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.

See also: Rams Draft Michael Sam, St. Louis Suddenly Cares About Its Football Team Again

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.


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."

See also: Sam the Ram? St. Louis Football Fans Would Welcome Michael Sam: Study

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.


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."

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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A Robert Jacques
A Robert Jacques

There is no sex act that is exclusive to, or ubiquitous amongst, homosexuals.

Randy Clark
Randy Clark

Funny how we as a nation are being sledgehammered into acceptance (or at least silenced) of things we might not personally approve. But here is my prediction for Sam's NFL career. He will last 2-3 seasons. Why? Because although the behemoths of the NFL know better than to publicly verbalize their disapproval of his lifestyle ($$$) there is absolutely nothing to prevent them from making him their poster boy for bone-crushing hits. He will be physically punished to the point of early retirement.

Joshua Steinmetz
Joshua Steinmetz

Kris no one is forcing you to believe something or preventing you from speaking freely. You can be as bigoted as you want. But if you do it publicly don't act shocked that you're going to be called out or worse. If I made a disparaging comment about a coworker being a Christian I would most likely lose my job.

Kris Worstell
Kris Worstell

It's okay to label people as hoosiers and criticize their intelligence and/or group people into that label; however it isn't okay to say anything less than supportive about homosexuality? Maybe you should adjust your own tolerance and acceptance levels before criticizing others.

Kris Worstell
Kris Worstell

I will begin by stating that I do not care what one does with his/her life or how one decides to live ones life so long as they aren't causing physical harm to another. I support freedom and believe we should all live our lives freely; however I am sick of the PC police. I am tired of our society being so afraid of anything to do with race and/or sexuality and thus making it acceptable to punish and/or take from those who have a less than accepting opinion of either. While such comments might be ignorant; why is it okay to ridicule and punish someone for having an opinion that doesn't follow the status quo? It is perfectly fine to call someone like myself, who is a farm boy from the midwest, an ignorant, inbred hick, but don't let anyone say anything about race or homosexuals! If we are to take these matters seriously maybe African Americans should refrain from calling one another n*gg*rs and gay males should stop referring to one another as F*gs. If you want change and/or acceptance then lead by example and let's stop preaching and demanding acceptance when you are not willing to ACCEPT that not everybody has to follow your beliefs! You want to punish others for not accepting your lifestyle? Then I want to punish people for trying to force me to think and accept certain things. Forcing everyone to accept and believe one ideology or face being publicly punished sounds a bit Nazi to me. Just a little food for thought

Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd

JJ O'brand providing another smug, smart ass answer in an attempt to twist the conversation.

Courtney Ringle
Courtney Ringle

I thought we covered this FREE SPEECH thing with Paula, The Duck guy and the Sterling dude. the first amendment protects you from THE GOVERNMENT. If what you say or do makes you a liability to the company you work for, they by all means have the right to strike your ass down. Nothing about the first amendment has changed folks. its still there in black and white. But I also keep forgetting that Missouri isn't really the greatest when it comes to education.. Especially basic American History and Civics.

Chris Schott
Chris Schott

I think the point here is his freedom of speech was not violated--he can say what he wants. And he did. But the company he works for can reprimand their employees for acts they deem harmful against the image of the company. Which they did.

Joshua Steinmetz
Joshua Steinmetz

The rapes, assaults, and murders committed by still active athletes are a failure of the legal system not the NFL.

Joshua Steinmetz
Joshua Steinmetz

How would you be treated at work if you publicly expressed displeasure at a coworkers race, religion, or sexual orientation? If you say anything besides is begin job hunting you're a liar.

Earl Lamkie
Earl Lamkie

Holy shit!!! Guys that tackle other guys are gay?! No shit! Coming out before the draft was an obvious ploy to cause controversy snd up his exposure heading into the draft.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

"You can always spot the hoosiers by their misconception of "free speech."" you can always spot liberals by their attempt to control it.

Bob Stclair
Bob Stclair

Where do gay men have sex then ? It's where the human waste comes from ! An you can't tell me some resadoo isn't there !

George Gidley
George Gidley

You really don't know what homosexuality is all about if you think that it's just about playing with fecal matter. What you're describing is copraphilia, not homosexuality. Two completely separate things.

gsp333
gsp333

Why is this news? 

Bob Stclair
Bob Stclair

George Gidley sorry bud . But I'm going to have to disagree with you on this one . Ok ttwomen serve you food . Both have to use the bathroom threw out the day ( at sometime ) . Now man A is straight . Man B playes with feakel matter on a daily bases . Whom is less likely to have said problem ?

George Gidley
George Gidley

Bob, I think you focus too much on the wrong thing. Being gay doesn't mean poor hygiene. It's just a different way that love is expressed. Gays are no less hygienic than anyone else. What bothers me about this suspension is that there was no solid context given about the tweet. Just saying "horrible" could mean he thinks the other player's skills aren't strong enough in the game itself.

Bob Stclair
Bob Stclair

WHAT IS HOMOPHOBIA ??? WE HEDROSEXUALS ARE NOT AFRAID OF YOU !!! Your kind just deal's in unhealthy crap ! Litterly poop ! An you think society should accept you an think it's ok ???? What if you gotta little piece of turd under your finger nail ? Now everyone is sick ! Because of your unhealthy lifestyle that everyone should be ok with ? Hell no !!!! You people sickin me !

Josh Hall
Josh Hall

Also the player from AL who's cheerleader gf was on everything this past season! Always showed them kissing but homophobia is ok?!?

Josh Hall
Josh Hall

Haters gonna hate! Glad religious fundamentalists are a dying breed! Its past time bigots are called out for their actions and loud mouths!!!

Matt Picker
Matt Picker

Hey Chad, do me a favor. Next time you go in to work, call your boss an asshole and tell him his wife is ugly. Your free speech rights ensure that he can do nothing to punish you for that infraction, so you're all clear!

Matt Picker
Matt Picker

Unfortunately for you, this has nothing to do with the Government and everything to do with an employer punishing an employee, which- again, unfortunately for you- is under no circumstances a violation of free speech.

Hank Phillips
Hank Phillips

Politically correct nonsense, pure and simple.

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

So, suspended is fired, ok got it... Pfft

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

Poor persecuted theist, have some cheese with your whine?

Quinn Travis
Quinn Travis

Freedom of speech!!!! Free of consequences period!

Quinn Travis
Quinn Travis

You think the NFL punished this player bcuz they want to do the "right" thing???? Lol!!!! Ummm....wake up. They punished him bcuz of money. They don't want a law suit or the reputation of the NFL appearing prejudice.

Matt Picker
Matt Picker

Also, "being humiliated" is not a violation of your free speech. It's just what happens when you're caught on tape being a moron.

Joshua Skillman
Joshua Skillman

And the place that employs him is free to punish as they see fit.

Josh Revelle
Josh Revelle

People are free to love who they want to love. People should also be free to express their thoughts. Just because you feel one way doesnt mean this Dolphins player is required to feel the same way as you. Thats what makes people unique.

Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd

And you would be the loudest one crying if someone fired you for your tweets or posts. Hypocrite.

Matt Picker
Matt Picker

Brian, at what point in United States history have Americans been able to say whatever they want without consequence? What planet are you living on?

OGilliams Irish Dump Gilliam
OGilliams Irish Dump Gilliam

Why you supporting him because he's black? He's as bad as sterling and he still has a job screw you racist black people.

Matt Picker
Matt Picker

Wrong. Here's a hypothetical for you. Say you're at work and get in an argument with your boss. you go back to your desk, and a customer calls in and you pick up the phone and say "Fuckhead Enterprises, home of the world's biggest asshole, how can I help you?" and you boss overhears it, and fires you on the spot. Are your free speech rights being violated? The answer is no. There is no difference between this scenario, Paula Deen's, this guy, or anyone else. Your freedom of speech doesn't mean you get to say whatever you want consequence-free. Period.

Bruce Matlock
Bruce Matlock

I love all these comments asking why they didn't show anyone else kissing. Were you guys not watching when Ebron proposed to and kissed his fiancé? Or you know.... when every draft pick in attendance kissed their loved ones? It's not Sam's fault his was the only memorable one.

Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd

That's a smug response, Matt Picker. A nice way to dodge the question and be a smart ass at the same time. Unfortunately immature remarks such as yours are the reason we keep losing our freedoms little by little in this country. You can say whatever you want in the United States but we won't allow you to keep a job, a house, a family, or anything else if we don't agree with you. Seems like freedom to me.

Chad Welch
Chad Welch

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Heather McAfee
Heather McAfee

This is all so sad that people think in todays world that we are not free to love who we love. I just hope they don't take it out on Michael Sam on the field and target him to try to hurt him....

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

Bob is just trying to perform a public service because his mom performed a BTM transfer on the day he was conceived, probably why he is a retarded nedneck.

stlcardude
stlcardude

and guys who do anal with chicks?

justinctaylor
justinctaylor

He didn't answer the company phone. He posted his views on his page. He made no threat or used anything other than. Wow. and Horrible. How can saying wow and horrible be enough to lose your job? I am all for the rights of grown ups to be with whichever grown up(s) they choose but if we are all forced to agree it is a violation of free speech. 

The NFL neither owned his PC or phone nor the network he posted to. He published his own thoughts which is free speech. 

Imagine i wrote a book about how evolution is true but my employer didn't believe it. Would I get religious freedom protection? Would my employer be allowed to fire me for a book I wrote on my own free time and then published on the internet or on my own?

I don't think what the player said was inflammatory enough he should be fired. Forcing people to think one way or another isn't right either.

I can think 2 men kissing is horrible to watch even though I support their right to do it and to adopt children. 

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@stlcardude It's what Bob's mom squeezed out of her cooze on his b-day years ago

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