Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones, suspended for tweeting “omg” and “horrible” in reaction to the nationally televised kiss Michael Sam shared with his boyfriend during NFL Draft weekend, is back with the team.
Jones has completed team-mandated sensitivity training; the second-year player was also fined an undisclosed amount.
Jones’ tweets, which were summarily deleted, became a national story in the days after draft. When the Rams took Sam in the seventh round May 10, he became the first openly gay player ever drafted.
Both general manager Dennis Hickey and coach Joe Philbin were quick to condemn Jones’ tweets, with Philbin calling them “inappropriate and unacceptable.”
Jones has since apologized for the remarks, saying: “I take full responsibility for them and I regret that these tweets took away from his draft moment.”
DOLPHINS SIGN QB
All he wants in Miami, at least in the short term, is to win a job on the Dolphins’ 53-man roster.
Jensen will get that opportunity, signing with the Dolphins on Monday as an undrafted free agent. Chris McCain, a rookie linebacker from the University of California, was also added to the roster Monday.
Jensen reunites with Billy Turner, Miami’s third-round pick who blocked for the quarterback at North Dakota State. In his four-year collegiate career, Jensen went 47-5 as a starter, winning three straight FCS national championships.
Jensen, who set school records for passing yards (2,793), passing touchdowns (34) and total offense yards (3,272) his senior year, will compete with Pat Devlin for the No. 3 quarterback job.
In other news, the Dolphins promoted Joe Schoen to director of player personnel. Schoen last served as the team’s assistant director of college scouting.