Sorry, Newt Gingrich, the Dolphins Suspending Don Jones for His Dumb Tweets Was Not "Repression"

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Over the weekend, the Miami Dolphins swiftly fined and temporarily suspended defensive back Donald Jones after he tweeted that seeing Michael Sam kiss his boyfriend was "horrible." If we're being cynical, it was basically a giant corporation that wants nothing more than to avoid off-the-field controversy administering what amounts to a slap on the wrist in a PR move designed to quash any controversy before it begins.

In the mind of Newt Gingrich, of all people, this was "repression." Fox Sports' Clay Davis wrote a meandering, paranoid column about the internet thought police. A Cincinnati Enquirer columnist used the Jones tweet to lament his perception that we tolerate everything nowadays except people's intolerance. In other words, it pissed off a lot of straight guys.

In short, "OMG," these arguments are "HORRIBLE," but we have more than 140 characters to break it down.

Jones was punished more for being stupid than he was for being homophobic.
The truth is that if Jones had made those comments privately to someone in the Dolphins administration, he probably wouldn't have been publicly reprimanded. There might have been some repercussions, but Jones' very public Twitter comments necessitated a very public rebuke.

As pretty much everyone remembers, the Dolphins are still feeling the fallout of the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin bullying scandal, the biggest of its kind in sports history. That involved a lot of homophobic and un-PC remarks. It has often been brought up as an example of why the NFL might not be ready for a gay player.

The Dolphins desperately want to put that all behind them and to show they really are committed to fostering a more tolerant workplace. Jones' very public tweets forced the Dolphins' hand.

Plus, the exact nature of his punishment hasn't been made public, but does anyone think it will amount to much more than a four-figure fine and a long afternoon in the HR wing of Dolphins HQ? Come on. This was all PR damage control.


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Dave Basora
Dave Basora

Eric, I don't speak for the gay community. But I think it needs to be understood that Sam is the first openly gay player which is what makes it news. His kissing his boyfriend is nothing more than what a straight guy does with his girlfriend or wife when he gets good news. And the media has shown that when a favored player gets picked. That this issue still draws controversy is why the media beats it into the ground. If more people lived and let live without being as stupid as some of the commenters here maybe it wouldn't be all over the media and they'd focus on more important matters

Chris Fernandez
Chris Fernandez

Good points, Sergio Alejandro but I think you used too many big words for these ignorant knuckle dragging mouth breathers to understand

Sergio Alejandro
Sergio Alejandro

Eric Puntervold Although I understand where you're coming from and I agree with you partially, you have to understand how big of a deal Michael Sam is to the gay community. Embracing him is something that the NFL should have done decades ago. It should be the norm, and it SHOULD be covered extensively by the media simply because it's a significant achievement for homosexual people, and even homosexual players. Controversy comes when closed-minded bigots arrive and claim that the NFL should be for straight people only. That's exclusionary, homophobic, bigoted, and oppressive. Not to mention malicious and disgusting. Those are absolute truths. Decades from now we will be embarrassed by how a portion of our population treated this issue and the backlash that occurred when a time for celebration was rustled by ignorant people with myopic world views.

Sergio Alejandro
Sergio Alejandro

Articles like this bring out the embarrassing chunk of MNT's readership that no one tries to acknowledge. Closed-minded, 40+ year old clowns who think that man-on-man kissing is "shocking" and controversial.

Sergio Alejandro
Sergio Alejandro

Jesus Christ people. EVERYONE is entitled to their opinion. When you SHARE it, everyone is entitled (or obligated) to call you a fucking idiot for having it. Someone thinking that a man should be chastised for embracing his lover is objectively and utterly, a moron - for more reasons than I'm not willing to explain. What planet do you people live on again?

Gerardo Rishmawy
Gerardo Rishmawy

B,S... big time!!! but the kiss was gross sorry!! its my opinion!!

Jason Winburn
Jason Winburn

So no one is entitled to their opinion.....b.s.

Eric Puntervold
Eric Puntervold

Dave I can't believe the gay community isn't outraged about the circus that the media has made out of this young kid getting drafted. No other drafted kid has been getting this kind of attention..for the sole reason he is gay.. if you want straight ppl, or "breeders"as u like to call us should start accepting images of men making out w/men as the norm, the media needs to stop making such a big deal about a gay guy getting drafted only because he's gay.

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

Carl, you're making the same weak argument as Valenzuela did earlier in this post. Crying about FOS infringement because you're being called out for what you said is cowardly. FOS also covers those who disagree with you. You can either stand by your words and argue, or not. You can also respond and have one of those rare almost extinct of things...a conversation. But whining about being PC or the death of FOS, when no one forced you to post in a public forum, is off the table.

Carl Snyder
Carl Snyder

i don't like sushi either. Does that mean I cant say anything derogatory about it? Unbelievable PC society where people can't have opinions contrary to media spun political correctness. it's a sad world where folks cant express their beliefs without fear of repercussions. Sounds familiar?

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

Ray, obviously you were exposed. Are you gay?

Ray Grandon
Ray Grandon

Gay is a brain disorder caused by mercury exposure says U of Florida so cure it to protect children and bring morals back to country!!!

Chris McCarthy
Chris McCarthy

Straight people are more obsessed with gay sex then any gay person I have ever known. The only people I have ever heard discuss gay sex is straight people. It's bizarre. It's also bizarre there are people with kids here who refuse to live in the real world, and bring their offspring with them. No gay man or woman asked you to have kids, and it's not their responsibility to worry about your fuckin' kids. Your kids are your problem. You want to shelter your kids from reality, fine, that's how Republicans are made. But how is it the concern of anyone else what your fuckin' kids see on TV? I am just going to say, I don't give a single solitary shit about any of your children. I don't care if they have to live in reality like the rest of us, and deal with homosexuality like a rational, discerning adult, and not as a society full of paranoid, squeamish little hatemongers.

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

Peter, one time I was at publix and the dumbass breeder in front of me sounded like you. He was talking w/his buddy about gay people and he turned around and told me "don't get any ideas about touching me fag" I told him "I wouldn't touch either of you to scratch you". My point? Just because a guy is gay doesn't mean he's going to grab any straight guy around him. I think the team is safe...jack ass

Peter Perez
Peter Perez

To his teamates don't drop the soap in the shower and I think u all sick folks seeing that big dude kissing the craker on TV sick !!!!!' Some of us have kids it's just ante right

Carlos Andres
Carlos Andres

It's gross because I'm not used to see guys kissing around me, that's all. I guest you develop sympathy ones you start seeing it more often.

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

Manny, since he doesn't have aids that won't happen. You have a greater chance of drowning in your own stupidity

Nigel Nmnm
Nigel Nmnm

I think if people were more honest about things, the world would be a much better place. Did seeing them kiss weird me out a bit? Yes. Does it mean I'm against that lifestyle? Of course not. I support people leading the type of lives that make them happy. It's none of our business what someone else does or doesn't do. I say good for him and his partner. It breaks down barriers and that's an important step for any movement seeking equal rights.

Nigel Nmnm
Nigel Nmnm

People need to understand what Freedom of Speech actually means, and more importantly what it protects.

Æon Flux
Æon Flux

Freedom of speech is not dead. It's just policed. And if an opinion from a public figure goes against the intention of a major corporation or government mandate, then that opinion and public comment is fair game for fines and exclusions. America today.

Nigel Nmnm
Nigel Nmnm

If you base your life around a book filled wit burning bush stories/fables, then you're probably a little cray to begin with.

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

Joh, it's not a choice and you know that or else you wouldn't have put that word in quotes. You're right though, we haven't been slaves. Slavery is this country's original sin and it's a disgusting period in our history. But we have been oppressed and beaten and killed simply for being who we are. And there's where the parallel comes in. Stop and listen to yourself and listen to how racists sound. Not much of a difference, is there? Are you okay with becoming something you hate?

Sergio Alejandro
Sergio Alejandro

I love this bit from Joh Nathan's very enlightening post: "STOP TRYING TO FORCE ACCEPTANCE of YOUR"CHOICE" ON SOCIETY!" Heterosexual relationships seemed pretty "forced" to me, don't you think? You're a goober. Your arguments are laughable. Get in your Ford Pinto and drive it off a bridge.

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

Anthony Lambert, and conversely I hate close minded straight assholes who pat themselves on the back while spewing venom thinking they're clever for doing so. But guess what? That said, I acknowledge your right to say what you did and your place in this world. Sad that you don't have the courage or decency to reciprocate.

Sergio Alejandro
Sergio Alejandro

Joh Nathan No correlation. You're literally too stupid for me to respond to, but I'll buckle down and let you know that if you're unable to relate to gay people on a human level, you have serious issues and you need to stay indoors where you can live in your imaginary world where everything and everybody is the same.

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

David Hualpa, I've no idea what the hell that perception comment means. Care to elaborate? And no I'm not now or have ever been a catholic

Sergio Alejandro
Sergio Alejandro

Gabriel A. Valenzuela Yeah, I call out homophobes for being homophobic. Racists for being racist. What the fuck are you even getting at? Should I just be complicit and let clowns be intolerant and bigoted towards humans? Most of this disdain towards Michael Sam come out of an utter lack of understanding of gay people. Any educated human being who's informed about the topic would not be against it. Deluded homophobes like Joh Nathan are the reason why I'm so forthright and zealous about my views.

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

It's really pathetic to see FOS used as a shield by those who feel free to voice their views but lack the guts to stand behind them when they're called out. Mr Valenzuela, you seem to think that it's okay for someone to voice a dissenting opinion, and you're right. But you don't seem to either want or have the ability to take feedback. And to that I say, MAN THE FUCK UP! You want tolerance for your views but don't want them questioned or commented on. Either let your balls drop, put your big boy pants on and learn how to take it since you're posting to a public forum or shut up

Gabriel A. Valenzuela
Gabriel A. Valenzuela

@ Sergio you intolerant of different opinions, different views then your own. When you do see a different view you say it is racist.

Joh Nathan
Joh Nathan

So who gets rights next? ? ? Pedophiles of animal Fuckers? ? ? Damn sexual deviants Smh

Joh Nathan
Joh Nathan

When do we stop giving sexual deviants rights? & how far are we going to go & say its ok? I'm tired of gays & their supporters comparing gay rights, to the civil rights movement! STOP THAT SHIT! WHEN WERE GAYS TURNED INTO SLAVES? FUCK THAT. STOP TRYING TO FORCE ACCEPTANCE of YOUR"CHOICE" ON SOCIETY!

Joh Nathan
Joh Nathan

Fuck your feelings, I don't want to see that deviant behavior on my TV

Sergio Alejandro
Sergio Alejandro

@Anthony, you are the worst type of person. I'm literally embarrassed for you saying that, and saying it with such misguided hubris.. As a dark-skinned person you mustn't realize that fifty or forty years ago an interracial kiss would have stirred just as much controversy. This is fundamentally a civil rights issue. Sad how you can't realize that.

David Hualpa
David Hualpa

Mr.Basora, I see you let your perception get the most out of you. Are you a catholic?

Frank Ponch Torres
Frank Ponch Torres

Michael Sam is going to have a very loooooooong season in the NFL next year. I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up on the DL

Anthony Lambert
Anthony Lambert

Football aint for same sex sissies,nobody wants to see this faggy boy kissing another sissy,its a disgrace,the whole gay lifestyle is such a disgrace,gays are trying to run everything,I hate gays I dont care what any gay lover says

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

Gabriel Valenzuela, you're making a very weak argument. FOS is alive and well. It just cuts both ways and not all the time how you'd like it

Gabriel A. Valenzuela
Gabriel A. Valenzuela

You guys give a perfect example of what I have been saying for years. Someone finds two guys kissing gross. He speaks his mind. Does not say any derogatory statement but finds it gross. Gets called a bigot and so forth. But the homosexual community and the Libs who are suppose to show tolerance of others are the first ones to show ZERO tolerance. The true Liberal party was live and let live. Now is think like me your cool, think differently your a racist.

Danny Arango
Danny Arango

The bible is a hate filled book that condones slavery, rape and mass genocide. But the good news is god is not real, the bible was written by illiterate and immoral men and we don't have to believe or justify a lie to understand that there is no need to condemn love of any kind homosexual or heterosexual. Oh and fuck newt Gingrich.

Iliana Olivera
Iliana Olivera

Anthony Fuda The bible never condemned same sex unions. Man dId that all on his own.

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

David Hualpa, the point of existing religion is that it's all bullshit. Unless we're talking catholicism which has the purpose of ordaining pedophiles and voting in a "pope" who'll protect them from criminal prosecution

David Hualpa
David Hualpa

So much religion talk and yet they miss the entire point of all existing religion.

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

Anthony, you probably pat yourself on the back for being such a dumbass breeder, don't you?

Cary Cohen
Cary Cohen

Anthony the bible says only g-d should judge!

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