The Miami Dolphins were “disappointed” and intended to speak with Don Jones about two tweets he sent shortly after Michael Sam’s emotional reaction to being the first openly gay player taken in the NFL draft was shown on ESPN.
Sam broke down and sobbed as he received the call telling him that he would be the No. 249 pick by the St. Louis Rams, then he kissed his boyfriend.
Jones, a second-year defensive back, tweeted “omg” immediately after video of the kiss was shown and, when asked if he was referring to the PDA, he replied,”horrible.” The tweets were deleted and Dolphins General Manager Dennis Hickey said (via ESPN): “I was made aware of it and I was disappointed in those comments. That’s not what we stand for as an organization. The draft weekend is a culmination for so many players, their lifetime achievement of their dream to achieve a goal for Michael Sam and all the other players. It’s a celebration. … I think it’s a great thing for the league.”
The Dolphins, of course, were the subject of an NFL investigation after a locker-room bullying scandal came to light last fall and Hickey said he would speak with Jones and handle the situation “appropriately.”
Earlier in the draft, a reference to that scandal caused center Mike Pouncey to shut down his Twitter account. He tweeted, after the Dolphins’ first-round pick Thursday: “I can’t wait for our gifts he’s getting us.” The reference was a reference to the harassment of Jonathan Martin by Pouncey, Richie Incognito and John Jerry. Martin had accused the veterans of making rookies pay outlandish sums of money for things for them. Pouncey met with Dolphins brass Friday.