Dolphins’ Jones draws rebuke for tweet about Sam

Dolphins safety Don Jones has drawn criticism for his Twitter reaction to openly gay DE Michael Sam being drafted by the Rams.

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A negative one-word tweet from Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones after the selection of Michael Sam in the NFL Draft 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.

Sam’s selection at No. 249 and the nationally televised kiss he shared with his boyfriend set off a wave of reaction on Twitter. When someone asked if he was referring to the embrace, Jones responded: "horrible," The Miami Herald reported.


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.