The media celebration of the first openly gay player to be drafted in the NFL drew the ire of a Miami Dolphins player, who quickly learned that expressing an opinion in the age of Obama comes with a steep price.
Michael Sam was drafted in the seventh round on Saturday by the St. Louis Rams team, with the sports network ESPN broadcasting the fabulous moment, to include a big smooch between Sam and his cake-covered boyfriend.
While it is likely the first time in NFL history that a seventh round pick drew such attention, the image of Sam and his boyfriend soon inundated social media.
Not to be outdone, Sam himself re-tweeted the image:
Wow.What a day. On cloud 9. So proud and happy! #stl #rams #draft @MikeSamFootball pic.twitter.com/XXG1tngGhq
— Vito (@Vitcamm) May 11, 2014
In all fairness, the media overkill could be described as nauseating, and Miami Dolphins defensive back Don Jones expressed that point of view by tweeting “OMG” and “horrible,” according to Twitchy:
Fins DB @Don_Jones5 Doesn’t Approve of ESPN’s Michael Sam Draft Coverage (h/t @Smithers_Rob) http://t.co/WBialgZV6W pic.twitter.com/2qn4nAEXXK
— Page Q (@PageQSports) May 11, 2014
With gay intolerance being what it is in America, such discretion is simply not allowed — either openly approve of the gay lifestyle or keep your mouth shut.
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And it didn’t take the politically correct Miami Dolphins long to react, issuing a statement Sunday announcing Jones “has been fined an undisclosed amount and excused from all team activities until such time that he undergoes and completes educational training.”
That’s right, a re-education camp!
Miami Dolphins Safety Don Jones Fined, Excused from Team Activities Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones has been (cont) http://t.co/I6dMYQ1JUh
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) May 12, 2014
Needless to say, many on Twitter went nuts, as documented by Twitchy:
@MiamiDolphins @JaysonBraddock how is he excused just bc he doesn’t support a man making out w/ another man
— Artavion (@HoustonTx_Era) May 12, 2014
@MiamiDolphins Absolutely pathetic that a guy expresses his own opinion and gets punished for it. — Hussein Charara (@HCharara17) May 12, 2014
wow what a circus !!! U guys r a joke @MiamiDolphins — Oshie (@JoeyyJetss) May 12, 2014
@MiamiDolphins Bullshit. Not only was what he said vague at best, but I didn’t realize people weren’t allowed to have opinions.
— Tony Loves Moms (@tonybalogna) May 12, 2014
@MiamiDolphins @RapSheet so glad we live in a world where ppl are punished for an opinion.this is insane.free speech. go play in Nkorea fins
— ken adams (@hikinadams) May 12, 2014
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