Skip to comments.Dolphins fine and suspend player for tweeting negative comment about Michael Sam
Posted on 05/12/2014 12:14:46 PM PDT by kingattax
When Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones tweeted "horrible" in regards to Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend on ESPN after being drafted by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday, it wasn't a moment the NFL, Sam, the Dolphins or anyone wanted.
But make no mistake, it allowed the NFL an opportunity to send a strong message: If you have public and negative comments about Sam and his sexuality, you will be punished and shamed.
Jones, a second-year strong safety who had 10 tackles in 16 games last year, tweeted "omg" right after ESPN showed Sam's reaction to being drafted. According to thephinsider.com, when asked on Twitter if he was referring to Sam kissing his boyfriend, Jones tweeted, "horrible."
The Dolphins and NFL aren't going to mess around with this type of thing. Jones was fined and suspended from all team activities until he completes educational training for his Twitter comments. The Dolphins didn't put this off. On a relatively quiet Sunday around the NFL, the Dolphins announced the punishment, put out a statement from coach Joe Philbin and an apology from Jones:
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Ridiculous....I hope the air goes out of all their balls.
I don’t care for the NFL’s stance, but this has nothing to do with free speech.
The play is free to say what he wants.
His employer is free to hold the player accountable.
Will they sue people for not buying tickets?
Yet NO outrage when people were trashing Tim Tebow for his Christian beliefs..OK I understand it now, trash a Conservative Christian, fine and dandy..dare say ANYTHING negative about a fruitcake who was kissing his “Boyfriend” on TV (which thank God I did NOT see otherwise I would have hurled)..that person gets trashed in the media..free speech in America is NOT dead, as long as your trashing the ones the media despises
It already has, metaphorically.
You remember all the fun that was made of Tim Tebow? I don’t remember ONE outrcy.
I’ve seen this movie before. Once the Bobbitt story broke, the p word was everywhere. Now explocit homo acts will be in our faces starting with espn and Drudge, ending with billboards, children’s cartoons and end cap placements at Target
The Amish may have a point.
May the NFL collapse.
I know that I will never watch a game with this fairy in it.
I think it’s the pinheads in the NFL front office who are suffering from concussions and not the players. The jerks at the NFL need to grow up. This is still America and we still have a Bill of Rights. The First Amendment was not suspended just because a moron from Kenya went through the evolutionary process and is now having a love affair with “the first openly gay” homosexuals.
Yes, he has to go to Education Training before he can play football...Might be the one thing that kills the twitter phenomenon!.
26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy.
THIS IS THE NEW McCARTHYISM
(with the perrverted meaning of the phrase)
“Are you now, or have you ever been a member of an anti-gay hate group?”
McCarthyism is used to mean an unfair persecution of communist memebers of Hollywood when it in reallity was the ACTUAL investigation of REAL communists.
Soon they will be playing touch football!!
Oh I'm sorry, was he using a Dolphin's computer and Internet connection while he was playing a game for them? This has everything to do with free speech.
It would never happen to a franchise player like a Tom Brady, for example.
and we’re free to condemn the NFL for their hypocrisy.
NSA is watching.
I'm now considering extending that ban to television viewing.
I'd say 'ef 'em, but they'd probably enjoy it.
Don’t watch any. It is uplifting.
Another reason I do not own a TV.
The love that dare not STFU.
“This has everything to do with free speech.”
Then you clearly don’t understand the concept. I am free to post anything I want on social media. My employer has notified me that they follow social media. If I post something objectionable, I am free to be held accountable.
The new American fascism. The government doesn’t even bother to do the enforcing. Corporations, colleges and such are eager to take on he job.
“and were free to condemn the NFL for their hypocrisy.”
Absolutely! We can condemn them, or boycott the NFL. Freedom doesn’t mean freedom from accountability.
so it is either:
a homosexual ram
or a straight Dolphin
hmmmm which one eats fish sticks?
touch and feel football.
Read The Turner Diaries. It is controversial and disgusting to some but it reads like it could have been written yesterday with regard to this "hate speech" meme.
note the propaganda using “openly gay”, that is to imply that all the nfl were closed homosexuals.
The swift reaction by the Dolphins makes me suspicious that the league planned and conspired the whole scenario for drafting Sam.
I understand the concept. The legacy media and large corporations are acting as agents of the government to stop free speech. It’s more than this one incident, too. I can understand action for opposing Sam being drafted, but this was a reaction to that disgusting kiss.
I’ve noticed that some of the pinheads in the “media” have now begun adding a hyphen to “openly gay”. I guess they are trying to make it look official or something.
I’m not sure tweeting that you find public personal displays of affection offensive (which is all he did - he didn’t mention anything about teh gay aspect) would be a violation of his player contract. The union should go to bat for him here.
I wish every player would express outrage. Are they going to suspend every player? Accepting a gay being allowed a job is one thing. But now they are expecting players to accept homo behavior itself. There is a big difference.
Don Jones is going to reeducation camp to meet Ben Dover
I quit watching football after the Limbaugh treatment. Have to admit, I got used to it a LOT more quickly than I’d have anticipated.
“ONLY if it is so stated in your employment contract.”
NFL players make millions. Do you think maybe there are some stipulations about social media and public displays?
And when every business does it, all employees are silenced. Isn’t that the equivalent of no freedom of speech?
‘Do you think maybe there are some stipulations about social media and public displays?’
Public displays like men kissing men?
The NFL is taking a political stance and telling their employees that they must take the same stance or shut up. This is more in line with unionism than freedom.
You’re right of course but my instinctual reaction seein the photo on Drudge was the same as Jones expressed. Well, Jones was far more restrained in his language than I was. I feel for the guy getting nailed for a very understandable expression of disgust.
“And when every business does it, all employees are silenced. Isnt that the equivalent of no freedom of speech?”
You are wading into some deep waters here. When all employers make demands of their employees, what are the options?
Seek relief via governmental regulation
On this site, in regard to many other employer/employee relations, I have frequently been told, it’s up to the employee to deal with the demands, or find another position.
What would you suggest? Do you have another option?
Any perverse sexual deviancy is to tolerated.
On the other hand, opinions will not be tolerated.
“Youre right of course but my instinctual reaction seein the photo on Drudge was the same as Jones expressed. Well, Jones was far more restrained in his language than I was. I feel for the guy getting nailed for a very understandable expression of disgust.”
I’m with you. I thought it was disgusting. Made me want to barf. But I’m not going to say that on my facebook page. Why? Because my employer sees that, and I’m not quite sure what influence the gay mafia has with my employer.
Better safe than sorry.
And so it begins....the NFL players cannot comment about or criticise or even joke about a gay player in their ranks. But let me tell you, players will voice their opinions on the field. What happens when they block, tackle, hit extra hard on the field if you know what I mean. Michael Sam better be one tough bi..ch, because he is gonna feel some pain. The NFL and Sam should just suck it up....oh wait....sorry, can’t say that. If the NFL is gonna ban speech in this case what is next. There are gonna be a lot of players going to rehab training programs.
I see chop blocks in Sam’s future.
Give it a break. If they had fined him for speaking pro gay comments then the Feds would find a way to go after the NFL. This is not a two-way street.
Did you like the fact that he was sent to be re-educated?
After they mandate that the players all wear flowered dresses and they can only play touch football.