UPDATE: 5/11 10:47pm
The Miami Dolphins have excused Don Jones from all team activities until he completes educational training and pays a fine.
Jones has released a statement apologizing to openly gay football player Michael Sam, his teammates and Dolphins' coaches.
Shortly after Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, Jones Tweeted it was "horrible" to see Sam kiss his boyfriend in celebration.
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. We met with Don today about respect, discrimination and judgment. These comments are not consistent with the values and standards of our program. We will continue to emphasize and educate our players that these statements will not be tolerated.”
“I want to apologize to Michael Sam for the inappropriate comments that I made last night on social media. I take full responsibility for them and I regret that these tweets took away from his draft moment. I remember last year when I was drafted in the seventh round and all of the emotions and happiness I felt when I received the call that gave me an opportunity to play for an NFL team and I wish him all the best in his NFL career. I sincerely apologize to Mr. Ross, my teammates, coaches, staff and fans for these tweets. I am committed to represent the values of the Miami Dolphins organization and appreciate the opportunity I have been given to do so going forward.”
Players on the Miami Dolphins just can't seem to keep their fingers off the "send" button when it comes to their Twitter accounts and its seems more often than not to turn into a PR nightmare.
The latest comes after Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team (St Louis Rams) is announced. 2nd year player Don Jones posted "omg" followed by another tweet of "horrible". The tweets were taken down shortly after being posted, but the damage was already done.
New Dolphins' GM, Dennis Hickey said he was unhappy about the post and would be talking to Jones about it - just as he did when Mike Pouncey took to Twitter after the first round choice was announced. (Pouncey has reportedly closed his account).