NFL cracks down on player for tweets about Michael Sam kiss

By Neal McNamara | May 12, 2014

In a new era of extreme political correctness, no tweet shall go unnoticed.

Over the weekend, the St. Louis Rams drafted openly gay football player Michael Sam (249th in the seventh round). After that announcement, Sam shared a kiss with his boyfriend, an image that was broadcast on TV.

In reaction, Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones took to Twitter, writing in two separate tweets, “OMG” and then “horrible.” Those two tiny words – four if you’re spelling out “Oh my god” – got Jones a still-undisclosed fine, and a couple sessions of sensitivity training.

KTTH hosts questioned the NFL’s punishing of Jones for what was an expression of his personal opinion; they say it was an overreaction of the politically correct left attitude.

“Tolerance means never having to tolerate someone else’s opinion,” said KTTH host Ben Shapiro.

TruthRevolt.org commented, “This is the age of PC punishment. Get on board or get booted.”

The NFL went into full persecution mode over the weekend, posting a story on NFL.com which opened by calling Don Jones’ comments “inappropriate.”

Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin marched lock step with the NFL, saying, “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.”

And then, Jones himself came out with an apology, no doubt at the end of the NFL’s figurative gun.

“I want to apologize to Michael Sam for the inappropriate comments that I made last night on social media,” Jones said in a prepared statement. “I take full responsibility for them and I regret those tweets took away from his draft moment.”

Host David Boze called Jones’ sensitivity training “indoctrination therapy.”

“It’s not enough to tolerate, now if you express the fact that you didn’t want to see the public display of affection, you are a homophobe and need to be fined by the NFL?” Boze said.

Boze suggested that the NFL was already overly sensitive on the gay issue, observing that a lot of the commentary about Michael Sam revolved around whether the NFL was too bigoted to draft a gay person.

“Political correctness rules,” Boze said. “It’s not enough to say, ‘Hey, I differ you’ve got to live with it?’ It’s bizarre. It’s bizarro world.”

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