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Jones fined after sending tweet about Michael Sam



BY STEVEN WINE
AP SPORTS WRITER

MIAMI (AP) -- Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones was fined an undisclosed amount Sunday and will undergo educational training after sending a negative tweet about Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be selected in the NFL draft.

Shortly after the St. Louis Rams took Sam in the seventh round Saturday, Jones tweeted "OMG" and "Horrible." The tweets were taken down a short time later.

Jones apologized for his comments Sunday and described them as inappropriate. The Dolphins said Jones has been excused from all team activities until he completes training related to his comments.

Dolphins' Jones Apologizes For Sam Tweets


"We were disappointed to read Don's tweets," coach Joe Philbin said in a statement. "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."

The Dolphins reacted swiftly to Jones' comments in the wake of the team's bullying scandal last year, which embarrassed the NFL and prompted a nationwide debate about workplace harassment.

Jones said he regretted that his tweets took away from Sam's "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," Jones said in a statement. "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."

Jones' agent, Chris Martin, could not be reached Sunday for comment.

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daradams May 13 2014 at 10:56 AM

I threw up in my mouth when I saw this.. I don't care what they do - just keep it private.

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amle1311 May 13 2014 at 11:22 AM

Jones has the right to say whatever he wants and there are a multitude of people who agree with him.

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hrajeepers May 13 2014 at 11:21 AM

What's the big deal. There have been many football players throughout the years that wore more lace than leather in their private time. So this guy is just open about it. Life goes on.

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Sunny May 13 2014 at 11:21 AM

Now people have to respect sin.... And have to be educated to do so. I have lost my taste for football. They give gays their rights and take our Freedom of speech away. After what they did to Sterling one has to wonder why this man was not banned from football as well as the fine.... Something wrong about that too? Wake up!!!

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dsnider291 May 13 2014 at 11:21 AM

guess the coach still knows nothing about what going on with his team. .no wonder the team is so bad no one in control of it.they do and say what ever they feel like saying.good job coach.

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dennis49c dsnider291 May 13 2014 at 11:33 AM

"they do and say what ever they feel like saying", OMG that is so right. We have the freedom of speech and that is all there is too it. No coach, No nfl, No nba, nobody should be fining anyone for expressing their views. You certainly try to shove yours down our throats, which is consistent to your lifestyle....

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klw4919 May 13 2014 at 11:20 AM

Now you can be fined and punished for your thoughts. It is apparently now illegal to have a dissenting opnion. This can only end very badly. Jones should sue.

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booger1xx klw4919 May 13 2014 at 11:30 AM

Look at the Sterling case;though he should not say such things;one has to know that he said them in the privacy of his own home!!!! It was recorded without his permission and leaked to the media now he is forced out of the NBA!!! Be careful what you say in the privacy of your home!!!!

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tma2c May 13 2014 at 11:20 AM

Who was the #1 draft pick? I have missed seeing that in any of the press.

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fisherman2017 May 13 2014 at 11:20 AM

where is freedom of speech going? this PC bs has to stop! we're becoming a nation of twit fearing whiners

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johnny May 13 2014 at 11:14 AM

WHAT HAPPENED TO FREE SPEECH???

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greasedog johnny May 13 2014 at 11:21 AM

Nothing happened to Free Speech. He wasn't criminally prosecuted was he?

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zentalent May 13 2014 at 11:23 AM

How come sterling is not merely "fined" an undisclosed amount and ordered to undergo "educational training" after sending a negative mssg?

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