Dolphins Fine Player for Tweet-Bashing Michael Sam

Don Jones suspended from play after draft comments

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted May 12, 2014 8:17 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Miami Dolphins have fined cornerback Don Jones after a pair of homophobic tweets. Jones tweeted "omg" and "horrible" after Michael Sam became the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL, reacting by kissing his boyfriend on-air, NBC Sports reports. Jones will undergo "educational training for his recent comments made on social media" before he's allowed to rejoin team activities, the Dolphins say. The size of the fine hasn't been disclosed.

Jones has apologized for the "inappropriate comments": "I take full responsibility for them and I regret that these tweets took away from his draft moment." Houston Texan Derrick Ward also tweeted about the kiss, calling Sam "no bueno for doing that on national tv." He added, per CNN: "Man U got little kids lookin at the draft. I can't believe ESPN even allowed that to happen." Ward says he's faced death threats following the tweets.

In this May 3, 2013, file photo, the Miami Dolphins' Don Jones appears at NFL football rookie minicamp in Davie, Fla.   (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
In this image taken from video, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, left, gets a kiss at a draft party in San Diego, May 10, 2014.   (AP Photo/ESPN)
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