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Jones fined, excused from team activities for tweets

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."

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ESPN publically shows Sams tongue kissing, then tongue cake swap kissing, and Jones can not publically state his distaste for it?

Why the hell is society confusing being pro equal rights and opportunity with acceptance of a clearly perverted lifestyle? WTH is society coming too?

ESPN shold be fined by the FCC for airing this content well before prime time. I have no idea why the FCC isn't looking into this. Many parents may have had their minor in the living room while the Sam man-kissng was going on.

Why the hell's no one's condemning this?

"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."

AKA "BRAINWASHING"

That was a despicable act! Being pro equal rights and opportunities does not mean accepting the and perversity of their lifestyle.

IT'S ALL ABOUT MONEY

If one customer or employee of a sponsor is offended by the policy of the NFL toward gays then the sponship has to end; that is really hard to do when you are an insurance company and your name is on the side of the stadium. Or Directv - imagine if thier Gay Employee Committee encouraged the company to disregard signed agreements.

THE GEEKS WON

The NFL is now = GAY

WHEN YOUR CHILDREN ASK YOU IF YOU SWAPPED CAKE IN THE

Locker room you gotta give it up.

Dump Pouncey now.

Who's next

IN THE MINDS OF YOUNG CHILDREN ATHLETICS ARE GAY

And so is anyone that ever played them.

THANKS NFL

I support Don Jones and don't think he should have to apologize. Basically, the Dolphins are worried about loosing money and bad publicity. I think ESPN, should apologize to parents of young children that might have been watching the draft at that point in time.

ARE ALL ATHLETES GAY OR IS IT JUST THE

Football players?

People like Dion Jones have no place in sports.

Wow is all I have to say. Freedom of speech people! What the hell is this country becoming? I have no issue with people who are homosexual, but anyone who does should be allowed to voice their opinion or displeasure about it. Jones did not make a derogatory comment or commit a hate crime for God's sake.

Posted by: bob | May 11, 2014 at 11:25 PM


100% agree! FCC should look into ESPN airing this out of primetime without a "disturbing graphics" warning.

What has our society become.

FIRST THERE WAS BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

Next Gay Marriage became law in Texas

Then in 2008 the Miami Dolphins introduced the world to BACKDOOR football: the Wildcat.

Now men of all colors swap cake in locker rooms.

The Dolphins are such a mess haha

What may have been SamIAm's opinion in 1964:

ESPN publically shows a negro tongue kissing, then tongue cake swap kissing, a white woman and can not publically state his distaste for it?
Why the hell is society confusing being pro equal rights and opportunity with acceptance of a clearly unnatural relationship? WTH is society coming too?
ESPN shold be fined by the FCC for airing this content well before prime time. I have no idea why the FCC isn't looking into this. Many parents may have had their minor in the living room while the negro was kissing that girl.
Why the hell's no one's condemning this?

THE NEW HAZING RITUAL IS SWAPPING CAKE

It will be carried out in scout camps/training camps/fraternity pledges/Office Christmas Parties

I cannot believe that ESPN put those kisses on TV
I accept gay players
I accept gay people
But I am sorry I just do not think I am ready to watch this display of kissing between men on TV
This is why people do not agree with this display of gayness
In your face straight people
We are going to ram this down your throat
Wether you want it or not
Everyone knows Gays have been in the NFL and other sports and media
But to flaunt it like this
It's like the gay parades where they come out semi nude and with chains
And we are supposed to accept this ??
Why flaunt it ?? Why ??
This does a great disservice to all gays
There will be a big backlash
This was not acceptable
I was so glad that Sam made the NFL
You had to ruin it
You had to show this distasteful private celebration
Shame on you ESPN
I had a Mother's Day party at the house
Over 80 adults
2 where gay
And everyone was saying the same thing
Totally distasteful
Totally unacceptable
You don't have to do it this way
You just made Sam an unliked player
Shame on you ESPN

Just dont show me Dashi with his farm animals. YUCK!!

FROM PETE PRISCO

Miami Dolphins
Best Pick: Third-round pick Billy Turner was a college tackle who can make a smooth transition inside to guard. They need help there, so it works.

Questionable move: I think they picked receiver Jarvis Landry too high in the second round. He is a good route runner, but is he fast enough?

Third-day gem: Fifth-round linebacker Jordan Tripp can add some speed to the depth of that unit and maybe help on special teams.

Analysis: The Dolphins had to get help for their offensive line, which is why they took Turner in the third after taking tackle Ju'Wuan James in the first. Those aren't sexy picks, but they had to make those moves. I think there were better options than James and Landry.

Grade: C

Before you spout off about the 1st Ammendment, try reading it. It only protects against the government arresting you for expressing an opinion. It gives no protection from others, including your employer, from pointing out you're an a $$ hole nor from the consequences of spewing your ignorance.

WHAT IF YOU'RE SWAPPING CAKE AND YOU SMELL

Someone you know on the guy's breath: awkward

This is Stupid, i get it that the dolphins are a private enterprise and can enforce whatever rules they want to with their players. But i want my players to have a voice and stand for what they believe. I dont want corporate employees as players. This team is really testing my patience.

what a bunch of cavemen. who don't even know what our laws protect and how they protect us that they are quoting as they spew from their hate caves. i think the catholic religion is stupid and feeble minded ok. and i have a right to think and say that right? but if i worked at a catholic church and tweeted how stupid i thought catholicism was i would be reprimanded by my church employer. do you cavemen understand how this works? don jones can be grossed out by men kissing and not approve of homosexuality but his employer steadfastly supports all their employees regardless of race, color, ethnicity, sexuality etc etc etc. if don jones fails to represent his employer and causes embarrassment to the brand then he is rightfully eligible for discipline. go back to your caves you freak shows!!

Fold the franchise. They are a nightmare.

This did not have to be on tv at all
It will only hurt gays
Anytime you flaunt it; it come back to bite you
There will be a backlSh against Sam now
This will become the circus that ESPN wanted to create
What a shame

Now we know why the Dolphins didn't draft Sam

Posted by: IMAWriter | May 11, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Sometimes good kids make stupid mistakes. Other times talented worthless trash ride a gravy train till it crashes.

It is Hickey's job to differentiate the two. He has picked a lot of team captains and a couple questionable characters (persons of questionable character may be more applicable). I think it's fun to see which way these guys play out.

Posted by: Coltrane | May 12, 2014 at 12:06 AM

In 50yrs society will be having this same conversations about heterosexual man. This run away train will get up its tracks so fast, 50yrs now heterosexuality will no longer be "NORM".

So, happy I should be resting in my grave by then. :)

Doesn't matter who they draft. Rookies rarely contribute. Comes down to t-hill and lazor in 2014. If it doesnt workout new qb and most likely new coach and gm.

Posted by: Iowa Phin Fan | May 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

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A stupid liberal tossing around the R word again. You guys ALWAYS fall back on that.
NO ONE said a word about Sam's race. The display, choreographed by the Liberal ESPN/ABC combo was the usual in your face shtick so popular with the Gay/Lesbian crowd these days.
Hetero guys mainly cried, hug their moms, kissed their wife/girlfriend respectfully.

There are already transgender athletes in the WNBA, and guys like Jason Collins, who suck but have a gig specifically Because they are gay.
Cote posts stuff to generate hits. ESPN and the liberal media's agenda is far reaching.

Rip Tim Tebow for being a Christian is all OK with the NFL. Ripping a homo for kissing his boyfriend on national TV because one has morality that believes it is wrong and you get fined and tossed out for a while. How about a team having these 'Classes' BEFORE there are any repercussions for stating your opinion! Bet the fins forgot about that! The league office too! They surely forgot the public kissing class!
The NFL is becoming way too politically correct and about to tick off a lot of people! Dolphins Management.. BAD MISTAKE you made!

If the draft had occurred at Christmas, would they have shared....dare I say it?...FRUIT CAKE?

BTW, Charles Barkley was never find by his team or the league for saying (Paraphrasing) "Larry Bird gets all the attention because he's WHITE."

What do you expect from this franchise .....OF THE FALLEN lol

It's a disgrace that two guys tongue kissing is defended and Christianity is attacked on a daily basis.

Again, between this, and their moronic draft, I hope they lose 10 games.

Who cares if some guy kisses his boyfriend? Live and let live.

Posted by: scott | May 11, 2014 at 11:57 PM

Scott, something is happening here that I do not think you understand. Don Jones made a comment to someone or to the world, both apply since it was on Twitter. He voiced his opinion. Under the First Amendment, he has that right (supposedly).

His employer, under scrutiny and pressure from political extremities, reprimanded him to the point that either he loses his job or he rolls over and takes it.

I doubt Philbin gives a rat's azs about homos, he may even have more contempt for them than Jones. The thing is that Jones actually cannot say what he thinks--his freedom of speech has been rescinded because it is not popular.

The second lesson Jones should learn from this is to never quote on Twitter or Spacebook or any thing that can be thrown up in his face.

Wes Welker 40 time.....4.6 seconds

Who cares if some guy kisses his boyfriend? Live and let live.

Posted by: Darkoak | May 12, 2014 at 12:39 AM

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Tell that to those that got the Firefox president fired, the 2 guys on H=HGTV fired, the morons at AMC who fired the Duck guys, and the res of you folks who say live and let live...as long as it's in the manner YOU decide.
BTW, 73% of this country care. especially in front of our young kids.

Philbin was already wound tighter than a snare drum. Right now, he has to be on the edge.
Question: where are the agents of these guys, telling them to keep it in their pants...their cell phone, that is.

Posted by: IMAWriter | May 12, 2014 at 12:42 AM

Yeah what do you think your kids will do if they see that, turn gay?

The nfl is no longer a sport for men and will only tolerate sissy's of men to put on a uniform. Men with family and values are being replaced with boys that kill,beat women, and now sodimize each other. OMG and Horrible is the understatement of what most think of Michael Sam mugging down with his courage buddy live on TV. Who cares what he does behind closed doors or in his private life. On the same note I shouldn't have to look at this nonsense in my private life. I will now have to screen the games before I will let my boys watch games on TV.

On the subject of face plants, Hickey really screwed the pooch this weekend.

It appears to me that Samantha has made the draft her personal homo promotion. I would not be surprised that Goodhell gave spiffs to any team that drafted her.

Football died on Saturday.


Dream Police - Cheap Trick


Actually I no longer want to view ESPN until they issue a national public apology.

"For his part, Jones has apologized."

I just made a post that was deleted. The word f-a-g would not pass. This world is sick.

Haha. Homophobes crack me up! How is seeing two gay men kiss ruing your children? My only guess is that it is letting them know that it's OK to be gay which I'm sure scares the hell out of all the homophobes out there.

It's funny.. in my experience there is a commonality between homophobes and racists. No surprise that ignorance plays a big part in both.

Its a complete nonissue to me. I wish training camps would get here sooner.

its unnatural, sick, perverted,an abomination to God.

Posted by: SAM I AM | May 12, 2014 at 12:14 AM

I beleive in 'what goes around comes aroud'.Perhaps 50 years may not be enough; It, however may be long enough to create a lineage.

Homosexuality is stupid. It is as much a mental condition as it is a social defective. It will not survive; It is totally illogical.

This abnormality may persist, but it will eventually get beat down by conventional logic when it it no longer a fad.Just as tattoos will soon dissipate when obvious perception of how ludicrous it is to paint your body with permanent graffiti.


ESPN shold be fined by the FCC for airing this content well before prime time. I have no idea why the FCC isn't looking into this. Many parents may have had their minor in the living room while the Sam man-kissng was going on.

Why the hell's no one's condemning this?

Posted by: SAM I AM | May 11, 2014 at 11:08 PM

My son watched extended parts of the draft with me but luckily wasn't watching at the time given it wasn't Prime Time and we were watching Sports TV which should be free of Religion and hate given it's one of the few forums left were we can all go and simply get along for the pure enjoyment of Sport.

All I have to say is I was watching care free never expecting them to air that after all both stations playing the draft are Sports oriented family TV not a Political Forum on Liberal Hot Button agendas pushed by a morally compromised White House or else why did Obama feel the need to call and support/congratulate Michael Sam?? Did Obama call any of the heterosexuals drafted and congratulate them???

Just another example of this country's Moral Decay!! The rest of us have no right apparently to have an issue with the way the media has taken up this topic and irresponsibly allowed it to run clear off the rails forcing it down everyone's throat. The media's disingenuous dim-witted cheerleading not only means you have to respect Sam but embrace his sexual preferences,how Un-American!! He has a right to his life style apparently he rest of us have no right ti disagree with it which at the end of the day is all Don Jones did!

Has anybody asked Jones if this is a Religious contradiction for him?? Were are his rights in all this and before someone begins posting that the Private sector has a right to Police itself tell me were his comments are defaming Mr. Sam's character or causing him harm?? If he gets cut or released we will all have to hear from GLAAD,LGBT and the NAACP which will push the race card here where there isn't one to push crying unfairness to homosexuals??? Were does it all end!!The real problem is that the LGBT community come from the line of thinking that "You have no right to dislike my lifestyle." When the truth of it is many people are hated for lesser reasons.

this blog is a roomful of meatheads and an embarrassment to normal humans.

Just watched some Damien Williams on youtube. He ran through holes like Hyde had. Not much to be discerned here. We will see what he has, when it counts.

Hey, odin, how is Mike Sam's first step in getting on all fours? Quick, uh

The NFL is just part of the machine.

Janet Jackson exposed nipple, M.I.A. flipping off the viewers during her and Madonna's "black Mass" ritual, Byonce dry humping the tv camera's while looking like Satan, Bruno Mars singing about sex in front of 2000 teenage girls jumping up and down....and that's just the Superbowl half time.

Now add in free speech and thought policing running a-muck throughout the league, normalizing the profane and abnormal, thugs mugging and cussing in the camera, list goes on and on.

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS HAS NO END..................

Here's the complete list of all the myriad ways that Michael Sam showing affection to his partner has affected society and you personally:


When I think of more, I'll list those, too.

The real problem is that the LGBT community come from the line of thinking that "You have no right to dislike my lifestyle." When the truth of it is many people are hated for lesser reasons.

Posted by: fin4life | May 12, 2014 at 02:05 AM

That is a good point. As Americans we should be allowed to express disapproval while still accepting other peoples alternative lifestyles. In the same manner many people don't want different religous beliefs being forced on them, I don't want alternative sexual beliefs being pushed down my throat in the media.

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