The Dolphins look like a team that needs another lesson in sensitivity training again. After the announcement of Michael Sam being drafted by the St. Louis Rams, safety Don Jones took to social media, expressing his displeasure of the move.
The team made a move to correct that this week, announcing that Jones would be “Fined an undisclosed amount and excused from all team activities until such time that he undergoes and completes educational training for his recent comments made on social media during the NFL Draft.”
Miami head coach Joe Philbin released a statement on behalf of the team stating the franchises regret of the comments made by Jones.
“We were disappointed to read Don’s tweets during the NFL Draft. 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.”
Jones also issued a statement through the franchise, taking full responsibility for the social media comments and specifically apologized to Sam for the comments made.
“I want to apologize to Michael Sam for the inappropriate comments that I made last night on social media. 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.”
Team signs 18 free agents
The Dolphins work was not over once the NFL Drafted Saturday afternoon. The team announced it has signed 18 rookie free agents to its roster. Seven of the players signed were from the Southeastern Conference.
Belue, Deion DB, 5-11, 182, Alabama
Clarke, Steven DB, 5-10, 189, Vanderbilt
Edwards, Tariq LB, 6-2, 235, Virginia Tech
Finkenberg, Evan OL, 6-4, 300, Arizona St
Hoskins, Harold TE, 6-2, 253, Marshall
Hurd, David OL, 6-6, 308, Arkansas
Johnson, Anthony DT, 6-2, 308, LSU
Johnson, Derrell LB, 6-2, 257, East Carolina
Johnson, Kamal DT, 6-3, 305, Temple
Lankford, Ryan WR, 5-11, 163, Illinois
Larsen, Tyler OL, 6-4, 313, Utah St
Mims, Tevin DE, 6-4, 260, South Florida
Smith, Garrison DT, 6-1, 294, Georgia
Thompson, Marcus LB, 6-1, 250, Rutgers
Wallace, Davonte OL, 6-3, 308, New Mexico St
Williams, Damien RB, 5-11, 222, Oklahoma
Wilson, Andrew LB, 6-3, 239, Missouri
Wooten, Rantavious WR, 5-9, 178 Georgia