Following the drafting of Michael Sam by St. Louis, ESPN showed a clip of him kissing his boyfriend. Miami Dolphins CB Don Jones took to Twitter where he expressed mild amusement. “OMG” he tweeted followed by “horrible”. The tweets netted him a suspension from the team offseason workouts.
Now a short one and a half weeks later, Jones has rejoined the team. It is assumed he completed the required “educational” training that the team mandated for his return.
Jones’ comments via Twitter hardly made real news and is likely at the far bottom of the sentiment well. Many other NFL players share far more adverse reactions to homosexuality in the locker room. So far those opinions have been kept quiet. Fans reactions around the internet and on this site have ranged from support of Sam, support of Jones, to complete biblical recitals of sin. It’s something that won’t go away any time soon.
Regardless of what side of the fence you stand on, Don Jones’ return to the team shows his commitment to getting back on the field as quickly as possible. For Jones, a CB who needs all of the offseason work if he hopes to have a shot at making the team, getting back on the field as soon as possible was imperative. For the NFL however, education for all players may be something they need to look in to. Social media has become a huge part of sports in connecting fans to players in a way that was never possible. With that comes the issue of players expressing their opinions. A right they should have but with consequences they may have to face. Regardless of how stupid those comments are.