Dolphins Safety Calls Rams’ Drafting of Michael Sam ’Horrible’ in Tweet

Sunday May 11, 2014

A negative one-word tweet from Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones about the drafting of Michael Sam drew a rebuke from the team.

Shortly after the St. Louis Rams selected Sam in the seventh round Saturday, Jones tweeted, "Horrible." The tweet was taken down a short time later.

Sam is the first openly gay player to be selected in the NFL draft.

The Dolphins were at the center of bullying scandal last season that embarrassed the league and drew nationwide scrutiny of locker room culture in the NFL.

After the draft, Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey said he was made aware of Jones' tweet.

"I was disappointed in those comments," Hickey said. "That's not what we stand for as an organization. The draft weekend is the culmination for so many players of their lifetime achievement of their dream to achieve their goal. For Michael Sam, for all the other players, it's such a great celebration as they begin their future.

"We're going to sit down with Don Jones and address (the tweet) appropriately."

Jones' agent, Chris Martin, said he was unaware of the tweet and declined to comment.

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  • MNrainbow, 2014-05-11 15:07:36

    What’s horrible is Don Jones trying to steal Michael Sam’s incredible well deserved moment in history! As a black player Jones should understand and respect what Michael Sam’s acceptance in the NFL means to diversity as a whole... It represents human triumph and courage!

  • , 2014-05-11 18:55:24

    Just another DUMB mouth and insert foot...probably another one who’ll end up a druggie or shoot someone...

  • , 2014-05-12 08:41:45

    I guess he thinks is ok to make comments like this even though he knows how hurtful comments are that are directed at other minorities. It’s "horrible" this guy has forgotten the struggles of history and continues to be as full of fear as those that feared integration. No, not horrible. It’s pathetic. Big bad football player is afraid of a little gay kiss. Hahahaha

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