Michael Sam became apart of NFL history earlier last week by becoming the first openly gay man to be drafted into the National Football League. However, after the world watched as he shared an emotionally charged kissed with his boyfriend, Vito Cammisano, there were more negative reactions than positive from his NFL peers.
Miami Dolphins’ Don Jones was outraged by ESPN’s decision to allow the kiss on national television. The defensive back took to his Twitter Saturday soon after Sam was drafted to express his reactions, tweeting “OMG” and “horrible.” However, he later deleted those tweets from his account.
According to ESPN, Jones issued an official apology to Sam on his inappropriate comments on the social media site.
“I want to apologize to Michael Sam for the inappropriate comments that I made last night on social media,” Jones said. “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.”
Although Jones’ apology appeared to be genuine, the possibility of a larger punishment is still pending. While there has been no official talk of additional repercussions to the already suspended player, the Dolphins organization already has a history with discriminatory acts among players. Last February, Pro Bowl center, Mike Pouncey and his former teammates, Richie Incognito and John Jerry, were cited for bullying and harassing former Dolphin offensive tackle, Jonathan Martin.