The Miami Dolphins have reinstated safety Don Jones. The team had fined and suspended him last week after he tweeted his disgust ("OMG" & "horrible") at images on ESPN of Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend, Vito, after being selected by the St. Louis Rams with the 249th pick in the NFL Draft.
The suspension lasted only a week, but Outsports has confirmed with a team source that Jones has completed the educational training the team mandated for his reinstatement. Jones also had to pay a fine of an undisclosed amount.
Jones had apologized publicly shortly after his tweet went out:
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.
That apology didn't stop the Dolphins, weary of controversy like this, from issuing the fine and suspension.