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Dolphins fine, suspend Don Jones from offseason program

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Just as the Dolphins were watching the Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito mess fade into the distance, another member of the team has created a situation with which the team dealt swiftly and decisively.

The Dolphins announced that cornerback Don Jones has been fined by the team and excused from offseason workouts “until such time that he undergoes and completes educational training for his recent comments made on social media during the NFL Draft.”

Specifically, Jones posted disapproving comments on Twitter after the Rams drafted defensive end Michael Sam — and after ESPN showed an on-air kiss between Sam and another man who wasn’t his twin brother.  Jones said “omg” after the kiss was televised, and later called the moment “horrible.”

“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.”

“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.”

While Jones’ comments were inappropriate and merit scorn from the general public, it’s tricky to punish a player for views expressed on his own time via his own Twitter page while away from the workplace regarding someone who isn’t even on his team.  Plenty of NFL players have made homophobic remarks over the years on Twitter and elsewhere; those comments often are ignored by their teams.  Why does the fact that Jones’ remarks — which were far more tame than some of the stuff other NFL players have said about homosexuals — related to a player on another NFL team make them automatically worthy of punishment?

That’s not a rhetorical question.  If the arrival of an openly gay man on an NFL team is going to subject players to punishment for saying things that reflect intolerance of homosexuality, all players deserve the benefit of clear guidance as to what will trigger adverse action from their employer.

If the NFL isn’t going to provide it voluntarily, the NFLPA needs to demand it.

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138 Responses to “Dolphins fine, suspend Don Jones from offseason program”
  1. mataug says: May 11, 2014 10:38 PM

    oh boy, let me get some popcorn

  2. curmudgeon13 says: May 11, 2014 10:38 PM

    Thought police…..

  3. ErinAndrewsStopCallingMe says: May 11, 2014 10:39 PM

    Just amazing how stupid some professional athletes can be. Mind-boggling.

  4. craniator says: May 11, 2014 10:39 PM

    Can you spell O-V-E-R-R-E-A-C-T-I-O-N ?

  5. barsfordays says: May 11, 2014 10:39 PM

    This world is so soft….

  6. tnazvol says: May 11, 2014 10:43 PM

    Off to the re-education camps!

  7. jolink653 says: May 11, 2014 10:44 PM

    Wow, what a disgrace. He’s entitled to his opinion, and to overreact like this is an embarrassment. He didn’t even say anything that awful to warrant a suspension

  8. angelogiaquinto18 says: May 11, 2014 10:44 PM

    Do the dolphins employ anyone with a brain anymore? How long before coach is held accountable?!

  9. 700levelvet says: May 11, 2014 10:45 PM

    This is beyond ridiculous now

  10. granadafan says: May 11, 2014 10:45 PM

    $100 says Jones didn’t write that perfectly written statement

  11. psmith7716 says: May 11, 2014 10:46 PM

    This whole world is going nuts.

  12. gohomeweeden says: May 11, 2014 10:46 PM

    Somebody want to explain to me why when an nba owner said racist comments and the world blows up but when somebody says comments about a gay man it’s just free speech. Both instances are inexcusable but for some reason every comment I read gives jones a pass.

  13. ketch20too says: May 11, 2014 10:47 PM

    THIS is why he lasted until the seventh round…who needs the circus? Wouldn’t surprise me to find out somewhere down the road that the NFL made a deal/pressured the Rams to pick him there so there wouldn’t be an outcry over him not getting selected and he would be in his home state of Missouri

  14. jturner08 says: May 11, 2014 10:47 PM

    Are you serious… Wow hang in there Don Jones… Your the real victim here of the First Amendment being taking away from Americans.

  15. vbar119 says: May 11, 2014 10:47 PM

    How terrible of him… Two men kissing on public television should be accepted by people and families everywhere. How dare him think otherwise.

  16. rasour says: May 11, 2014 10:47 PM

    Let’s remember that it wasn’t Michael Sam that was outraged or commented on Don Jones twit. Keep the actions on who made them. Don Jones made a stupid opinionated twit, Miami Dolphins made a similarly stupid action by empowering his twit and suspending him.

  17. robyesno says: May 11, 2014 10:47 PM

    Oh my stars, so make him lie to keep his employment. Nobody but a man who wants to kiss man wants to see a man kiss a man. If he ain’t allowed to say it, I will…horrible.

  18. mtraider says: May 11, 2014 10:47 PM

    What a joke, the NFL is a sports organization and shouldn’t be in the business of messing w/ political correctness or the morality of it’s players and fans.

  19. titans4evr says: May 11, 2014 10:48 PM

    Give the guy a break. I’m now a fan of his I hope he succeeds.

  20. ptisme says: May 11, 2014 10:49 PM

    The NFL is really pushing an agenda…. So sick of hearing about this. Boring!

  21. jetsclaps says: May 11, 2014 10:50 PM

    He’s entitled to free speech, and the Dolphins are entitled to run their organization how they see fit.

  22. johnschatzan says: May 11, 2014 10:50 PM

    That is ridiculous. “Omg” and “horrible”. Already a fine for someone and the guy has been in the league 5 minutes. Great moment for the nfl to have an openly gay person drafted. But don’t sit there and say to me that I have to watch Sam and his boyfriend embrace and kiss for nearly a minute. Cool he is gay. Yes it’s historical. But to be fair about it show his highlights and move the hell on like you did with everyone else drafted.

  23. wannstache says: May 11, 2014 10:50 PM

    While this guy deserved this punishment, we know damn well if he were Mike Pouncey or Cameron Wake, nothing would have been done.

  24. dclogicatlast says: May 11, 2014 10:51 PM

    More rules!!!!!!

  25. 6ball says: May 11, 2014 10:51 PM

    .

    Memo to Mr Jones : Never go to war with NFL Competition Committee Czar, Jeff Fisher.

    .

  26. momotaroskp says: May 11, 2014 10:51 PM

    Just Wow… Every day were heading closer to a future you only see in movies like Escape from NY/LA.

  27. h3min1230 says: May 11, 2014 10:51 PM

    Was he wrong? Not at all. That was disgusting and totally uncalled for.

    And did anyone see the reaction of the announcers doing the draft? They all looked shocked, especially Polian.

  28. bullpuppy552 says: May 11, 2014 10:52 PM

    The NFL is full of idiots. Many of the players can’t even string a sentence together for crying out loud. I wonder how many of them even passed their classes on college.

  29. chinahand11 says: May 11, 2014 10:52 PM

    This issue is so polarizing. I look forward to the day when such comments are merely laughed at for the ignorance they convey, instead of beating the Don Jones’ of the world over the head with their poorly-chosen words.

  30. purplove1 says: May 11, 2014 10:52 PM

    You have the right to say anything you want, but you also have the right to suffer the consequences of those words. The government cannot punish you, but a private INC or company sure can.

  31. bullpuppy552 says: May 11, 2014 10:52 PM

    Sorry “in” college not “on”

  32. atodaso says: May 11, 2014 10:52 PM

    OMG…horrible

  33. zackd2 says: May 11, 2014 10:52 PM

    Um the Donald sterling stuff happened just the other week. Don’t say stupid stuff and you won’t get in trouble.

  34. kimbo71006 says: May 11, 2014 10:53 PM

    Oh come on. Have we become so “PCd” in this country that only one side can speak, only one side can voice their opinion, only one side has any rights?

    Geez, what happened to the land of the free and free speech. Oh yeah, I forgot – its not politically correct anymore.

    Wow, just WOW!

  35. packerman1968 says: May 11, 2014 10:53 PM

    I wonder why Tony Dungy has not spoke up to defend Sam’s?

  36. loggedout864 says: May 11, 2014 10:54 PM

    Hey Jturner, if YOU’RE going to start quoting the constitution please have the decency to use the correct version of your/you’re so you dont look so foolish.

  37. agold831 says: May 11, 2014 10:54 PM

    Please stop bringing up the first amendment for the love of God. That being said, by no means did he deserve the fine or suspension as he said nothing that should be construed as hateful or bigoted and it took his self-admittance to even conclude that Michael Sam was even the topic of his tweets (he never should have admitted that in the first place).

  38. gohomeweeden says: May 11, 2014 10:54 PM

    I was not kidding with my previous post. Somebody please explain it because I am obviously missing something if nobody agrees with me.

  39. arrowhead816 says: May 11, 2014 10:56 PM

    Can a PDA(public display of affection) etiquette class also be given to ALL the players?

  40. phinfanatic84 says: May 11, 2014 10:56 PM

    He posted “OMG” and “horrible”… at first I thought he was talking about the Dolphins draft!

  41. stealthjunk says: May 11, 2014 10:56 PM

    “While Jones’ comments were inappropriate and merit scorn from the general public, it’s tricky to punish a player for views expressed on his own time via his own Twitter page while away from the workplace regarding someone who isn’t even on his team.”

    Hmm, how about punishing an owner who expresses racist views on his own time while away from the workplace regarding someones who aren’t even on his own team? Seems like he would be exempt under the above rule…

  42. tmar1961 says: May 11, 2014 10:56 PM

    Ridiculous, just absurd overreaction by the Dolphins. The man as the right to feel the way he does and this THOUGHT POLICE activity needs to stop. What’s next, someone says they hate dogs and ends up being fined and suspended? As much as Sam has his right to be gay and not be judged for it, Jones as the right to be sickened and horrified by the video. NOT saying one is more right than the other, just that both have the right. The whole deal about America is to have the guy next to you stand for everything you despise and you fight for his right to feel that way.

  43. staffordsyear says: May 11, 2014 10:56 PM

    This Country has gotten sooo sensitive.

  44. justsayin70 says: May 11, 2014 10:56 PM

    Wow – what’s a pathetic shame is that those crying the loudest for “equality” are not held to the same standard as the rest of us. They get free passes ALL THE TIME.

  45. bigsowce says: May 11, 2014 10:56 PM

    1984, someone needs to send him to the Ministry of Love.

  46. skasome says: May 11, 2014 10:56 PM

    Notice the difference a non impact player fined and suspended, while Pouncey gets a talking to, while it’s commendable they penalize words of hate, they also need to penalize someone who was involved in last years scandal who doesn’t seem to have learned anything from it.

  47. 1rockyracoon says: May 11, 2014 10:57 PM

    You have the right to say what you want in your free time. However, your employer will react if you bring negative attention to their business. Issues of equality will continue moving forward; they won’t go backwards. Michael Sam celebrated the same way numerous draftees celebrated. The only “horrible” thing was Don Jones’s need to demean another person’s happiness.

  48. kimbo71006 says: May 11, 2014 10:57 PM

    Let’s remember that it wasn’t Michael Sam that was outraged or commented on Don Jones twit. Keep the actions on who made them. Don Jones made a stupid opinionated twit, Miami Dolphins made a similarly stupid action by empowering his twit and suspending him.

    ———————————————————
    Oh, so Jones doesn’t have the right to voice his opinion even though it doesn’t further the agenda of the other group?

    Since when are we censoring free speech? We didn’t sensor Sam when he came out, but now everyone has to jump on the politically correct bandwagon and say GO SAM.

    Nobody else is allowed to have any other opinion? Man I don’t care if someone is straight, gay, or whatever they use to define themselves.

    But let’s put this in perspective shall we? If someone isn’t and doesn’t agree with it, since when are we the speech police that we have the right to shut somebody down because they don’t believe?

  49. bullcharger says: May 11, 2014 10:58 PM

    jolink653 says:
    May 11, 2014 10:44 PM
    Wow, what a disgrace. He’s entitled to his opinion, and to overreact like this is an embarrassment. He didn’t even say anything that awful to warrant a suspension

    ————-

    He said it was horrible that a man kissed another man. That’s not what The Miami Dolphins organization believes. They are entitled to hold Jones accountable for his opinion.

  50. justsayin70 says: May 11, 2014 11:00 PM

    If you wish to support Don Jones, you can send him mail at …

    Miami Dolphins
    ATTN: Don Jones
    7500 SW 30th Street
    Davie, Florida, 33314

  51. kimbo71006 says: May 11, 2014 11:00 PM

    This issue is so polarizing. I look forward to the day when such comments are merely laughed at for the ignorance they convey, instead of beating the Don Jones’ of the world over the head with their poorly-chosen words.

    ———————————————————–

    Its ignorant if someone doesn’t jump on the PC bandwagon? What about people forming their own opinions and having their own thoughts?

    Whatsamatter – that not allowed anymore in 2014?

  52. bennyb82 says: May 11, 2014 11:00 PM

    Although it is a bit of an overreaction, did Miami have any choice but to overreact? It is not like they could do nothing after what happened last year. This was the right move in my opinion. People can think anything they want, but when they make their statements public then it becomes a reflection of the team they play for as well.

  53. ptisme says: May 11, 2014 11:03 PM

    “But let’s put this in perspective shall we? If someone isn’t and doesn’t agree with it, since when are we the speech police that we have the right to shut somebody down because they don’t believe?”

    It’s been going on for years actually.

  54. bullcharger says: May 11, 2014 11:04 PM

    kimbo71006 says:
    May 11, 2014 10:53 PM
    Oh come on. Have we become so “PCd” in this country that only one side can speak, only one side can voice their opinion, only one side has any rights?

    Geez, what happened to the land of the free and free speech. Oh yeah, I forgot – its not politically correct anymore.

    Wow, just WOW!

    ——–

    It has absolutely nothing to do with free speech. Jones exercised his right to free speech. It is perfectly fine to say what he said legally. However, his employer has the right to hold him accountable. It’s always been this way, and is perfectly in line with free speech.

  55. verizonguy2014 says: May 11, 2014 11:06 PM

    Nowadays if you say anything bad about a “gay” person you’re considered the worst of the worst!!

  56. bullcharger says: May 11, 2014 11:14 PM

    Report comment
    kimbo71006 says:
    May 11, 2014 10:57 PM
    Let’s remember that it wasn’t Michael Sam that was outraged or commented on Don Jones twit. Keep the actions on who made them. Don Jones made a stupid opinionated twit, Miami Dolphins made a similarly stupid action by empowering his twit and suspending him.

    ———————————————————
    Oh, so Jones doesn’t have the right to voice his opinion even though it doesn’t further the agenda of the other group?

    Since when are we censoring free speech? We didn’t sensor Sam when he came out, but now everyone has to jump on the politically correct bandwagon and say GO SAM.

    Nobody else is allowed to have any other opinion? Man I don’t care if someone is straight, gay, or whatever they use to define themselves.

    But let’s put this in perspective shall we? If someone isn’t and doesn’t agree with it, since when are we the speech police that we have the right to shut somebody down because they don’t believe?

    —————–

    He’s fully allowed an opinion and he expressed it. The Dolphins don’t like his opinion and they employ him. They have the right to enforce their code of conduct. If he doesn’t want to work there he can quit and say what ever he wants. They can’t stop Jones from talking, but they sure can stop him from playing football.

  57. marima07 says: May 11, 2014 11:28 PM

    If Sam were straight and Jones said the same thing about seeing him kiss his ugly girlfriend, would the Dolphins have suspended him?

    If the answer is no, then he shouldn’t have been suspended for this.

  58. edelmanfanclub says: May 11, 2014 11:30 PM

    What is the point of an apology? He’s not sorry, not that he should be sorry for his own points of view. He still probably shouldn’t have put it on Twitter.

  59. alonzodavid says: May 11, 2014 11:40 PM

    His freedom of speech was NEVER violated.

    Congress made no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridged the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    Freedom of speech doesn’t equate to freedom from consequences.

  60. oldcracker says: May 11, 2014 11:47 PM

    It appears to me that Don Jones, US citizen, has a right to his opinion. However, Don Jones, Miami Dolphins player’s comments also reflect on the Dolphins organization, and thereby they do have a right to share in his opinion. It’s a price of your fame, as a professional football player, member of the NFL and as a member of the Miami Dolphins.

    I’m sure his contract has clauses that spell out all of that. (I know it seems pretty messed up)

  61. djdvd says: May 11, 2014 11:52 PM

    Looks like the majority of people on here think the first amendment gives you freedom from repercussions. You can say what you want, but if your employer takes offense to a statement you put in public then I don’t feel bad for you. The dolphins have their freedom to have who they want to represent their business.

  62. southpaw79 says: May 11, 2014 11:54 PM

    Hmm. We do not have the right to NOT be offended. If I let someone’s words alone affect my day, then it is I who was the more immature and it is I who will need to make some changes to live a better life.

  63. qckappa says: May 11, 2014 11:59 PM

    One key thing to remember, Jones did not slur Sam.
    Sam chose to come out. For those of you comparing Sterling to Jones, very different, many people practising alternative life styles can do so without anyone knowing unless they announce it. Most minorities are obviously a minority. Not hard to realize.

  64. kuantan97 says: May 12, 2014 12:32 AM

    Ah, yes, changing minds with punishment. That makes about as much sense as bombing foreign cities and expecting chocolates and rose petals.

  65. schafrath says: May 12, 2014 12:53 AM

    Since this has zero to do with Congress making a law, it isn’t a free speech issue.

  66. mnsadsportsfan says: May 12, 2014 12:55 AM

    Its pretty sad people can’t have opinions these days without being ridiculed.

  67. suckittrebek76 says: May 12, 2014 12:57 AM

    It is Amazing how many people do not get the concept of free speech. In no way is mr. Jones free speech being violated. He said what he said. No one arrested him or sued him for saying it, and then the Dolphins reacted to his free speech. Remember free speech does not mean there are no consequences to your speech. It just means the government cannot restrict your speech.

  68. suckittrebek76 says: May 12, 2014 12:58 AM

    It’s a brave new world people

  69. broncobrewer says: May 12, 2014 1:04 AM

    This guy gets suspended and fine for 2 words. Shaq makes fun of a kid with a genetic disorder and nothing. It pays to be a superstar

  70. ardvrk says: May 12, 2014 1:28 AM

    Would we be having this conversation if he were white and said something negative/insulting about a black player?

    OF COURSE NOT.

    We’d justly condemn him for his racism. Just like we are with Sterling.

    So why should “gay” be different than “black”?

  71. fmwarner says: May 12, 2014 1:48 AM

    Don Jones is free to say anything he wants, as are all of you. But if you want to talk about “soft”, start with everyone here who’s getting bent out of shape because some people told Don Jones he’s wrong. If Don Jones is free to say that nonsense, then someone else is free to call him on it.

    Of what worth is your opinion if you can’t take a little blowback for it? Michael Sam is suffering for his cause, Don Jones can suffer for his too.

  72. wmummery says: May 12, 2014 1:54 AM

    Stupid tweet but still overreaction. Should’ve just talked to him like they did with Pouncey

  73. dirtyvu says: May 12, 2014 2:19 AM

    just because some bad behavior was tolerated in the past doesn’t mean it will be tolerated indefinitely. times change. we evolve. In the past, what Donald Sterling said was tolerated. Now, we know better.

  74. promickey says: May 12, 2014 2:23 AM

    POLITICAL CORRECTNESS HAS NO END………

  75. daviddmsvcp says: May 12, 2014 2:32 AM

    I had the same reaction as Don Jones.

    There, I said it.

  76. mythaimyke says: May 12, 2014 2:46 AM

    Wait till Sam gets on the field! He will find out what real MEN are! Are they going to say why is everybody crushing him? Plus the NFL will give the Rams an extra pick next season.

  77. uglydingo says: May 12, 2014 3:24 AM

    Miami Dolphins have had more problems than most other teams with players making inappropriate comments on twitter and facebook. The team is now taking a stand by issuing this penalty on Don Jones. Effectively, they are warning all other team players that they face similar penalties if their social media messages are deemed to be inappropriate by their employer.
    Don’t be surprised if other teams subsequently copy the Dolphin policy.
    The players have to learn that there are consequences that come with their ability to make comments. Don Jones’ “OMG – horrible” tweet is the straw that broke the camel’s back. While this may be perceived as over-reacting, the Dolphins have effectively taken a stand and will not accommodate just lip service to insensitivity. This was a landmark tweet.

  78. devrocks247 says: May 12, 2014 3:31 AM

    I agree with what the Dolphins did in this situation. Now, what are they going to do to Pouncey for his Twitter comments?

  79. dougy1970 says: May 12, 2014 4:04 AM

    There is free speech. No one is arresting Don Jones. Don Jones works for the Dolphins (NFL) by his own free will. The Dolphins hire and pay Don Jones by their own free will. Don Jones entered into a contract with the Dolphins in which they pay him to play football and to abide by their Human Resources Code. Don Jones violated that Code when he made a statement that contradicted the Team and Leagues’ policy. Don Jones was told by the Dolphins to apologize. Don Jones decided that it was in his best interest to apologize, so he exercised his free choice to apologize.

    If Don Jones did not want to apologize, he was free to resign or free to stand by his comments and wait file a lawsuit if he was wrongfully dismissed. He made his free choice. He freely decided to work for the Dolphins rather than work as an insurance broker.

    Let Freedom Reign.

  80. discosucs2005 says: May 12, 2014 4:37 AM

    A private entity isn’t allowed to deal with their at will employee as they please? I didn’t realize so many people here were against free speech.

  81. arnoldziffel says: May 12, 2014 4:56 AM

    At least one network put a camera in Mr. Sam’s residence … and so, they got the footage they were looking for.

    And while I wish Mr. Sam all the best in his football endeavors … when it came huggin’ and kissin’ time, I must admit … I changed the channel when it went beyond the normal ‘tears upon receiving the phone call’ thing.

    Go at it all you want gentlemen … I just prefer not to have it in my living room. I don’t want to deny you your moment in the sun … I just prefer not to watch those particular moments.

    I would hope our media wonks simply concentrate on football – which is why I was watching what I was watching in the first place – and why they received the ratings they did.

  82. gborange says: May 12, 2014 5:42 AM

    Freedom of speech! Also, someone please tell me what two men kissing has to do with sports? ESPN didn’t air a video of Clowney kissing a woman when he was drafted. Luckily my kids weren’t watching when they showed it!

  83. educator7 says: May 12, 2014 6:19 AM

    As much as I disagree with his tweets/comments/beliefs, I thought this was America, where freedom of speech was not only acceptable, but also encouraged…

  84. blackqbwhiterb says: May 12, 2014 6:23 AM

    I wonder what Rams players said to themselves when they saw that…

  85. bluepike says: May 12, 2014 6:30 AM

    ……..”took away from his draft moment”. You mean like Sam has taken away the draft moment from every other player who has been drafted this year? The news media is non-stop and over the top on on the coverage of the drafting of this one player – leaving everyone else a lot less recognition.

    Sam said he wants to be thought of as a football player – not a gay football player. Yet, instead of honoring this request the networks, ESPN, NFL Network and the majors, refuse to treat the situation in that manner. And of course, because a sport is involved, Obama has to chime in with his 2 cents. Now, all of the other draftees as well as veterans have to watch what they say because they’re not entitled to their opinion concerning this matter.

  86. timbuttrum says: May 12, 2014 6:34 AM

    Punished for having an opinion. NFLPA has to fight this.

  87. zeeman911 says: May 12, 2014 6:38 AM

    Free speech no more….

  88. zeeman911 says: May 12, 2014 6:38 AM

    Free speech no more….

  89. dartwick says: May 12, 2014 6:47 AM

    Unless the team had a specific rule on the subject the unions should be up in arms.

    I can see why the Dolphins arent happy, but disapproving of a public display of affection isnt generally considered to be against work rules.

  90. kingpel says: May 12, 2014 6:48 AM

    This suspension is more for being stupid than for what he said. The Dolphins are coming off a huge scandal and the world was just waiting for someone to say something about Sam. Then this cat chimes in…

  91. kcflake says: May 12, 2014 6:48 AM

    Freedom of Speech no longer exists in pro sports. What a shame.

  92. daddyb1gdrawz says: May 12, 2014 6:49 AM

    Did they really suspend a guy for not agreeing with public affection of two men? Wow!! I wonder if Tannehill would have been suspended for the same action. I understand the Fins do not need the publicity but this does not hold water. Too bad Don Jones is not in position to fight this.

  93. blspears says: May 12, 2014 7:07 AM

    Tolerance and free speech do not go both ways. Welcome to the new America and the Goodell no Fun NFL.

  94. Indybear says: May 12, 2014 7:10 AM

    All of you banging on the First Amendment drum should take the time to 1) read it and 2) understand its meaning. The bottom line? You are NOT free to say whatever you want, whenever you want, especially if it reflects poorly upon your employer. Should you be stupid enough to do so, then expect to suffer the consequences of your Constitutional ignorance.

  95. keiselsbeard says: May 12, 2014 7:24 AM

    So, if Ur not a bleeding heart liberal, U get fined & suspended? Ur not allowed to have an opinion or voice, if U don’t agree with that which has so greatly weakened this country? This is ridiculous & a violation of his Constitutional rights. He should sue the Hell out of the Dolphins & the NFL for allowing it to happen.

  96. ninthwardfriend says: May 12, 2014 7:35 AM

    What about the kids? They don’t need to see that stuff…

  97. tsi431 says: May 12, 2014 7:35 AM

    Obviously most here have no idea what free speech is, and what our military has fought to the death to protect.

    His freedom of speech is protected. Is Don Jones currently incarcerated? NO.

    Can anyone here employed by a company get fired for saying something inappropriate? YES

    Was I uncomfortable watching Michael Sam? Yes, but that is my issue not his.

  98. jmac1013 says: May 12, 2014 7:54 AM

    The media and society has me rooting against this guy.

  99. jmac1013 says: May 12, 2014 7:55 AM

    By “this guy” I mean michael sam.

  100. bscoberlay says: May 12, 2014 8:07 AM

    I love people defending “thought police”. Thoughts don’t have to be tweeted. Once they are tweeted it is a statement or opinion thoughts are for the brain. Txs!!!

  101. jimpt52 says: May 12, 2014 8:19 AM

    O M G! at least he had the guts to speak his mind.
    good for him, sorry the bosses won’t let you speak your own mind.
    O M G!

  102. alreidtx says: May 12, 2014 8:23 AM

    Two thoughts…
    1) wonder what will happen when there’s an openly gay QB? Will he find a center willing to snap to him?
    2) wonder how teams will handle playing against Sam? Will there be ‘New Rules/Penalties’ in the NFL on how players react to him on the field?

  103. Andre's Johnson says: May 12, 2014 8:23 AM

    If the NFLPA doesn’t appeal or at least demand some clear guidelines, then the NFLPA is worthless.

  104. l0glcalv0icesays says: May 12, 2014 8:31 AM

    Wow people REALLY don’t understand the First Amendment at all. The First Amendment protects you from punishment from the government because of what you say, with a few extreme exceptions. The 1st Amendment DOES NOT give you the right to say whatever you want without any consequences whatsoever.

  105. pslbucfan says: May 12, 2014 8:35 AM

    Ban him for life like they did with Donald Sterling. This is no different. Or should we just shrug and “give a brotha a break”?

  106. horsepedlr says: May 12, 2014 8:38 AM

    and you think the rams can cut this guy without getting the full force of the thought police, read liberal media brought down on them. for those of you screaming that jones has to accept resposibility for what he said so does sam after all he started this nonsence.

  107. gadlaw2012 says: May 12, 2014 8:50 AM

    Glad to see the Dolphins step right up and punish this now instead of letting it fester and poison everything. They’ve learned their lesson and are being proactive. Good for the Dolphins.

  108. mskellydent says: May 12, 2014 9:30 AM

    People need to comprehend the First Amendment. The First Amendment says that the GOVERNMENT cannot restrict your speech (within limits, i.e., you can’t yell “fire” in a movie theater). It says nothing at all about whether your employer, in this case the Miami Dolphins, can restrict your speech. It also says nothing about protecting you from the consequences of your speech should someone take offense. Don Jones is not incarcerated over these words. Therefore, his First Amendment rights have not been violated. The NFL/Miami Dolphins are not held to the same standard and they retain the right to discipline their employees as permitted under the CBA. If the NFLPA has an issue with this, they can negotiate it the next time the CBA is up for renewal.

  109. metalhead65 says: May 12, 2014 9:52 AM

    the bottom line is you are now allowed to only say and think what the pc police agree with. anything they find offensive must be stopped and you should be punished and reprogrammed to their way of thinking. so much for tolerance thing they keep screaming about.

  110. ketchupaholic says: May 12, 2014 9:54 AM

    While I don’t agree with Mr. Jones, we are seeing that “FREE SPEECH” is dead in America. It is absolutely not allowed to say hateful things about, gays, minorities, people of Islamic faith.

    This coming from the same group of people who attack supporters of traditional marriage, pro-life, against recreational drug use. These word police are the ones who for years screamed the First Amendment needs to be protected. Yes, the same people who say nothing about the denigration of women in Hip-Hop music, the oppression Islamist have towards women. Yes, this is the so called tolerant, progressive. Funny, yet predictable how they have become the most intolerant.

    You may not agree with the words of those like Don Jones, but it is his right to say them.

  111. commentcentral says: May 12, 2014 9:59 AM

    He will undergo 300 cycles of somatic reconditioning.

  112. pluto92 says: May 12, 2014 10:17 AM

    When does corporate America finally start taking over our government. If a person being gay was seen as bad the NFL would punish Sam just as harsh. Freedom of speech used to apply to any one bei
    ng discriminated against for ANY reason. So no I guess freedom of speech does not apply here.

  113. tictoccpthook says: May 12, 2014 10:23 AM

    The Dolphins are Miami’s team, they pay good money for athletes to represent them nationwide. If they wanted Bigots they could hire the duck men to represent their city. If their players) stand for things that the city loathes (bigotry), the city should send them to Rush Limbaughs show where they can use their free speech rights to talk to other bigots all day long.

  114. kamthechancellor says: May 12, 2014 10:30 AM

    It’s okay to smash beer bottles into a fellow player’s face…hit a cyclist with your car, flee the scene, threaten the witness with brass knuckles and use a racial slur…yell bomb threats in crowded U.S. airports…but if you tweet “omg…horrible” THAT’S what brings a fine and suspension? Ok, got it.

  115. gmen5280 says: May 12, 2014 10:34 AM

    I thought we were living in the United States of America and this was the land of the “Free”.
    I guess you are not free to voice your own personal opinion.

    Seriously he gets fined and suspended for voicing his own “personal” opinion.

    All the Fins had to do was release a statement that went something like, “As an organization we respect the right for Mr. Jones to voice his personal opinion. However, as an organization we do not share this view.”

    End of story. But NOPE, we’re going to make an example of this player to show other players you do no have the “Freedom” to voice your personal opinion even when you are outside of the work environment.

  116. defscottyb says: May 12, 2014 10:35 AM

    Don’t ask don’t tell was such a great idea.

  117. dhwhat123 says: May 12, 2014 11:14 AM

    It looks like we are getting tired of all the cry baby reactions to the LGBT agenda. They have taken it to an extreme and now it is starting to backfire. At first, we thought it was okay not to step up and say something, now we are just tired of their junk.

  118. kamthechancellor says: May 12, 2014 11:31 AM

    He didn’t even use a gay slur. He just tweeted “omg…horrible.” It’s another case of the NFL making an example of an expendable player. If the quarterback back had tweeted that, you wouldn’t have heard a peep from the Dolphins.

  119. r3ddiesel says: May 12, 2014 11:49 AM

    It’s discriminatory. No different than if we had Twitter in the 1940s when Jackie Robinson first took the baseball field only for a white player to say the same words. Both are prejudiced patterns of behavior. It obviously bothered him enough to write about it.

    Most of you would be terrible business owners. There’s a reason why some companies search for prospective employees on Facebook. You can read a lot about a person’s character.

    Besides, being offended by gay people is one of the most useless personality traits a person can have. One should worry more about the killers, muggers, and sex offenders he passes by in life without even knowing so.

  120. honalulublue says: May 12, 2014 12:31 PM

    Don Jones has my support. The Dolphins do not!

  121. dtr3e says: May 12, 2014 1:01 PM

    The Dolphins are a joke. I swear since Philbin took over this team keeps becoming more and more of a mess. Blame ownership, blame management all you want but this is the coach’s fault. Jones didn’t need to be suspended, talked to about how he uses his social media (which I think no NFL player should have, since it only gets them in trouble **cough** Kenny Brit**cough**)

  122. kitnamania13 says: May 12, 2014 1:04 PM

    Richie Incognito would be proud of the way the Dolphins handled this one.

  123. texaspistoleer says: May 12, 2014 1:35 PM

    The answer to why this was punished and other similar comments in the past weren’t is simple: publicity. The NFL cares nothing about players’ bad acts (drugs, assaults, arrests, etc.); it cares only if those actions receive negative publicity.

  124. rick359 says: May 12, 2014 2:10 PM

    That’s great, they gave him the summer off!

  125. blazophoto says: May 12, 2014 2:12 PM

    So, “Dolphin’s Law” trumps Federal Law. (??) (!!)

  126. duece5 says: May 12, 2014 2:33 PM

    FREE DON!!!!!!

  127. shlort says: May 12, 2014 2:49 PM

    To those talking about how everyone is wrong on the 1st amendment, consider this.

    The media is an arm of the progressive government. The government tells the media what, when and how to report. The media does this willingly, while censoring anyone who may not toe the line.

    This fact, along with the media being the front line in the fight for political correctness, basically means that the rights of people are being infringed. The media is bullying people into following a program designed by the progressive movement, a political movement with roots in DC.

    How anyone could think that punishment for not being PC is somehow NOT politically motivated is beyond me. Track the punishment back to the source and it is the government promoting it. They just have someone else do the punishing to make it legal.

  128. fishyinalittledishy says: May 12, 2014 2:58 PM

    America it is not only you that have become the king of PC the whole world has gone nuts over silly stupid comments. That’s all they are stupid. Jones should have been ticked off and that’s all. I think the same thing when I see oldies going at it ( Anybody over 50 )

  129. adamskeion says: May 12, 2014 4:21 PM

    Same people on here defending this guy are probably the same people telling Sherman to keep his mouth shut on every article that involves him. Go figure…

  130. danafla says: May 12, 2014 5:29 PM

    What is with all the 1st amendment talk? It grants you the freedom to Speak but does not protect you from the consequences of what you say.

  131. beachsidejames says: May 12, 2014 7:27 PM

    After seeing the new nfl player kiss his boy friend on live tv I thought omg did you see that? Then I noticed my kids saw it too. Horrible wasn’t the next word I used. Who put that on live tv for my kids to see should be punished alot harder than Mr. Jones.

  132. haywoodjablomee says: May 12, 2014 7:46 PM

    Another knee jerk reaction. It’s a good thing that we are entering a world where we only speak to an electronic instrument. Nobody will ever want to utter another word again.

  133. 737driver69 says: May 12, 2014 8:28 PM

    I understand this might jeapordise the franchise out look but “Come On Man”. What is NFL coming too.

  134. vikingapologist says: May 12, 2014 11:03 PM

    So annoying!!! He said none of those words! Forced apology and I
    Could not agree more with his original take

  135. 737driver69 says: May 12, 2014 11:42 PM

    Please Dolphins just fix your ineptitude, and stop worrying of players texting how they feel, what happen to free speech.

  136. jollyjoker2 says: May 13, 2014 7:45 PM

    after last years players being accused of bullyism…this guy has got some kahoonas saying anything. Not that he is wrong – just kahoonas in this world of politically correct hate.

  137. pizzon says: May 13, 2014 8:37 PM

    Let me guess sensitivity training right? I wish my employer would tell me I’m suspended for expressing my opinion, he would get laughed at and sued. I don’t get hy the players don’t hit back against thir respective teams. This is nothing more than about public perception and money. So in essence let’s violate people’s rights all in the name of political correctness. If someone wants to come out that’s their problem, they will have to del with what comes their way both negative and positive. Nobody is going to tell me hat I have to like or dislike and accept. This includes the bleeding heart liberal media.

  138. capecotton says: May 17, 2014 10:20 AM

    I had the same reaction to Pouncy’s “Free Hernandez” hat.

    “OMG…. horrible.”

    But that (supporting murderers) was okay with the Dolphins.

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