Nov 11, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins strong safety Don Jones (36) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Don Jones Fines/Suspended


 

The Miami Dolphins felt it necessary to send a message to the rest of the team.  Don’t take to Twitter and act stupid.  In the case of Dolphins defender Don Jones the phrase “OMG” and “Horrible” were enough to get him excused from off-season workouts and an undisclosed fine.

Welcome to the new Miami Dolphins.

Following Michael Sam’s selection by the Rams in round seven of Saturday’s wrap up to the draft, ESPN showed a clip of Sam kissing his boyfriend.  Jones tweeted, “OMG”.  When someone tweeted back if that was in reference to Sam’s kiss, he tweeted “horrible”.  While the tweets weren’t exactly “horrible” they did undermine the sensitivity atmosphere being laid out in Davie.  For Sam, should he make the Rams squad, OMG and horrible will be on the lighter end of the “what he is going to hear” spectrum.

For the record, I applaud Sam’s decision to keep the media from digging into his personal life and making it public on his own terms, that being said, it’s not like everyone is going to feel that way or support him.  And he knows that.

The Miami Dolphins for the second time this weekend has had to issue a statement regarding the brain-fart.  On Saturday Dennis Hickey was asked about the comments in his post draft presser and now the Dolphins have issued a formal statement in the wake of Jones’ off-season workout suspension.

“We were disappointed to read Don’s tweets during the NFL Draft,” coach Joe Philbin said. “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.”

 

Jones himself took to the apologetic route as well.

“I want to apologize to Michael Sam for the inappropriate comments that I made last night on social media,” Jones said in a statement released by the team. “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.”

 

Moving forward, Jones will need to participate in what is being referred to as an “educational program”.  He will need to complete that program until he is allowed back on the team.  While on the surface the suspension from off-season workouts seems minor but for a player who could be on the bubble any time missed could have an impact on him challenging for a roster spot.  Jones’ can return to the team at such a time they deem the program completed.

The ghost of Jonathan Martin lives in on the hallowed halls of Davie.

 

Tags: Don Jones Miami Dolphins Michael Sams

  • DragonFly34

    Miller I can see that your all giddy about this censorship,,,,you guys can do without me,,,,OMG,,Horrible?

    • txmedic5

      huh?

  • CD

    I’m disappointed in the Dolphin organization for slapping Jones around
    like this. Are we not protected by the constitution? This is a bit like
    slamming the barn door after the cow is gone. The real culprit here is
    the media. Who in their infinite wisdom decided it would be a good idea
    to televise these men swallowing each others tongue? This is football.
    Our children are watching. Sexual situations straight or gay have no
    place here.

    • Pentax Shooter

      Why do so many people get the “Freedom of Speech” thing so wrong? The First Amendment guarantees no *government* suppression of free speech. The Dolphins are a private organization and can censor pretty much anything they want. Players agree to this when they sign their contracts,

    • KELLY KLEMETSRUD

      but if you work for coke and you bring a pepsi to work with you.. constitution or not.. you will be fired.. sexual situations? he kissed his boyfriend.. jeez.. so when tom brady kissed his hot wife.. you were pissed? you tell your children if they are watching that those guys love each other & drop it.. you making a big deal about it is the real culprit.. I seriously doubt your children will become gay because they saw 2 men kiss on tv.. think about this.. most of the gay people in America came from straight families and childhoods.. not because they were influenced by gay people but by straight people like you I imagine… that’s kinda funny.. lol

      • David

        It wasn’t the kiss when he was drafted, it was the follow on coverage of the cake smasshed in the face kiss. That is something you see at a wedding, not to men on draft day television.

  • Pentax Shooter

    Brian, I’m thinking this is less J-Mart/Incognito residue and more likely Roger Goodell controlling the situation. What do you think?

    • txmedic5

      No, I think this is all Dolphins PC police. The Dolphins still haven’t heard what Pouncey’s discipline is and Ross has made it very clear that he will have a no tolerance policy…apparently that only extends to players on the roster bubble. I think this is going a bit overboard. Simply say “Hey Don, watch what you say man, we don’t know the headaches”.

  • Disqus_Blazus

    So peoples opinions are now policed??

    • trinity

      Yes, when you work for the NFL and those disrespectful opinions are broadcast on a fucking social media website. This seems like simple common sense, and anyone who doesn’t understand it is simply stupid.

  • trinity

    Why is it that the dolphins seem to have a team full of idiots? In the aftermath of everything that’s happened, how the hell did this guy think it would be smart to get on Twitter and do something like that? He probably didn’t think it was wrong at all. Stupid a**hole. If only they won as much as they did idiotic things like this.

  • Bronna

    The free speech thing is ridiculous. An employer can pretty much force you to do anything they want. The Dolphins don’t care he has an opinion. They only care he keeps his opinions to himself. He can exercise his freedom of speech all he wants. He just might find himself out of a job. In Colorado pot is legal, but a company can fire you for being positive on a test. What is the difference?

  • Miami Jules (Julian)

    I rarely get involved in a conversation outside the Xs & Os of football unless we’re discussing free agency, the draft or some player, coach or FO person who might be kicking butt or might need their butt kicked out of the team… stop, do not jump to conclusions, I haven’t expressed anything yet.
    I think a gay player should be able to be openly gay and play football, use the shower and locker room without as much as a thought about it, however, I think the “vigil” that was being held by the media over the fact Sam is gay, was a bit unnecessary.
    The Dolphins are awaiting more sanctions or penalties over the Martin/Incognito affair, therefore, had they taken no action against Jones, they would be inviting a more severe punishment by the NFL.

    • Pentax Shooter

      As is usually the case, I agree with you, Jules.

      The media needs stories, so here we go. If we reap what we sow… well, one of the Founding Fathers *was* a tabloidist, after all.

      • Miami Jules (Julian)

        Thank you Pentax… we had the Manziel vigil, the Bridgewater vigil, but to the best of my memory, there weren’t many 6th and 7th round vigils.

  • Buckeye Finfan

    I took a moment of my time today to call the NFL and they actually have an extension for leaving a comment and the switchboard operator very kindly transferred me to leave my message. I simply expressed my thoughts to them about the video and added that the NFL was no longer safe for family viewing. If they continued down this path they risk alienating a large segment of their audience and losing viewers. I encouraged them to get back to the game of football and leave behind the politics and Liberal Agenda or any Agenda for that matter.

    Here is the number for the NFL Headquarters: (212) 450-2000

    Additionally, I would encourage people to call the Miami Dolphins organization as well. Their number is (305) 943-8000. They will verbally take your opinion and are very politely receptive to it. The reason I called them is because they suspended and fined a player (Safety Don Jones) for a tweet in reference to the Michael Sam video. The tweet simply said, “OMG – Terrible”. There was no hate or name calling yet they took a severe action against him for simply expressing his opinion on his own time. This is a major violation of the first amendment. I would also point out that many players in the NFL made hateful comments against Tim Tebow for his religious views yet not a single player was reprimanded for it.

    On both these issues if enough people speak up I believe it could have a positive impact.

    Feel Free to pass this on.

    • Pygskyn

      Thanks for the number, just rang them up and told them thanks for documenting this wonderful moment and victory for equality in the league in support for Michael Sam.

  • David

    I think it’s fantastic that an openly guy football player was drafted. Aside from that, I think the cake smash face kisss was horrible as well. I thought that was horrible adn hoghly inapproprate for television.