Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said he was going to be responsible for setting the tone and tenor of the Dolphins locker room, the respect players show in it and everywhere else, and do whatever he could to avoid anything similar to the harassment scandal that rocked the team last year.
Well, on Sunday evening safety Don Jones was fined an undisclosed amount and excused from all team activities until such time that he undergoes and completes educational training for his recent comments made on social media during the NFL Draft.
On Saturday evening after gay player Michael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, several networks including ESPN and NFL Network showed Sam kissing another man, perhaps his partner, in the mouth.
"OMG" Jones tweeted.
He later responded to a follower with the word: "horrible."
He soon deleted both tweets.
s tweets during the NFL Draft," 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. We will continue to emphasize and educate our players that these statements will not be tolerated."
For his part, Jones has apologized.
"I want to apologize to Michael Sam for the inappropriate comments that I made last night on social media," he said in a statement. "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."