Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
After Michael Sam was drafted in the 2014 draft, there was a wide range of responses on social media with many being positive while some being negative. Unfortunately, safety Don Jones was one of the negative ones, tweeting "omg" and "horrible." Before he could delete them, his tweet caught the attention of the national media, the Dolphins organization and the NFL.
The Dolphins acted swiftly, fining Jones an undiscloses amount and suspending him from all team activities until he completed sensitivity training. This training included seven sessions with a counselor with each of them running four hours each. After going through the training for ten days, Jones has made ammends with the front office and coaching staff and is looking forward to making a name for himself on the field.
“I didn’t intend [any] harm. I just made a bad mistake. I had to learn from it. I learned I can’t be judgmental and I have to respect what everybody’s doing," Jones said. “I definitely think all of it’s behind me. I just try to move forward and go on as a team. I’ve learned. I feel pretty good.”
Said Philbin: “All the feedback we got from the educational piece was very positive. He’s been a good teammate throughout, since he returned to the team. I think he’s a thoughtful individual. I think he understands the impact that actions and words can have on others. He’s really done well.”
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