Haters are always gonna hate, and newly drafted NFL athlete Michael Sam is not immune to its effects.
Don Jones, safety for the Miami Dolphins, tweeted “OMG” and “Horrible” immediately following Sam’s draft to the St. Louis Rams on Saturday. Jones was fined an unknown amount and must undergo educational training after dispensing his negativity on the internet.
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Jones apologized for tarnishing Sam’s draft moment, and has been excused from all team activities until he completes training related to the event.
“I want to apologize to Michael Sam for the inappropriate comments that I made last night on social media,” Jones said in a statement issued by the Dolphins. 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,” he said.
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This comes after a harassment scandal between multiple players and an assistant trainer on the Dolphins team. Homophobic and racial slurs were used by players on the team while coach Joe Philbin had no knowledge of any of it.
This time around, Philbin said, “”We were disappointed to read Don’s tweets. 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.”
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