ESPN analyst: How can you fine a player for saying he doesn’t like to see two men kissing?

Hysteria is warping into confusion over the weekend’s draft of the first openly gay football player into the NFL.

espnanalysts0512ESPN commentators Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless on Monday night vigorously disputed punishment meted out to a Miami Dolphins defensive back Don Jones­­ who was fined by the team and suspended from football activities for having the temerity to post an opinion on Twitter about Michael Sam’s televised kiss with his boyfriend, Vito Cammisano.

What exactly was he being punished for?

In a tweet, Jones called the kiss “horrible.” In a flash, the Dolphins called Jones a homophobe. Then the team hit him with a fine and announced he would be routed into some kind of sensitivity training until he learns all homosexual relationships are prima facie just as valid as heterosexual relationships and that expressing opinions otherwise is unacceptable in 21st century America (and possibly how to match plaid socks with a fetching beret).

Smith called foul.

“I think it’s a very, very dangerous thing when people see something and they have a problem with what they’re seeing and they express themselves, and ultimately they’re fined,” he said.

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Bayless noted that the Dolphins were in a more sensitive position than other teams, thanks to last season’s ridiculous hazing scandal, but essentially agreed with Smith’s take.

But what was most interesting about the nearly 10-minute dialogue was watching two men who discuss sports for a living trying to work their way through the uncharted territory of gay social mores visa vis the National Football League. And being more than a little lost.

Check it out here. It’s worth the time.

While stressing repeatedly, repeatedly, repeatedly – and even more repeatedly – that they had no problems with homosexuality or gays themselves, both were clearly uncomfortable with the television coverage and the way “the kiss” was repeated on a seemingly endless loop, leading viewers to wonder whether they were tuned in to the biggest event of the NFL offseason or the finale of “The Bachelor — Fire Island.”

“I was watching the NFL draft!” Smith said.

That’s what the rest of the country thought, too.

And that’s the rub. The vast, vast majority of football fans have no more than a passing, mildly prurient interest in the sex lives – straight or otherwise – of the men on the field. And if the 249th-picked Sam ever plays on any given Sunday, his prowess in third-down situations will be all that matters — not his prowess in bed.

“The kiss” wasn’t  just a kiss, and Jones was right.

But now he’s just another baker or a photographer forced to cater to gay couples no matter what their religious beliefs. A Silicon Valley exec pushed out of his job for having the same opinion as the president of the United States — before the president “evolved” sufficiently.

Punished all, for having an opinion that differs from the current mob,

And that’s horrible — and confusing.

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].


435 thoughts on “ESPN analyst: How can you fine a player for saying he doesn’t like to see two men kissing?

  1. Today22011 says:

    The NFL and through its media coverage is solidifying its homo nature.

  2. rabrooks says:

    The left’s zeal to prove a political point, is an experiment that is doomed to fail! Look at the obvious, no labels , no names. What we are looking at, is an experiment, that places a person, in intimate contact with the very people that he is sexually attracted to, in various levels of dress/undress. If all parties are human beings, somebody is gonna get embarassed! If I was placed in a similar situation with females, one shower, one day would yeild the same disasterous results! Look at reality, not some bulls__t political idealogoy. People will get hurt! Just watch! I have faith in the ‘human’ spirit. Preferrance aside, it’s the same principal!

  3. bornfreeamerican says:

    I’m sorry it’s disgusting in public! Even if you’re heterosexual….go get a room!

  4. Larry J Dunster Sr says:

    I think the gay issue has gone too far.I used to accept their behavior with a what the hell it’s their thing attitude.Now with all the media attention I’m starting to dislike what they do and say and they are no longer strange they have now become queers and fags.The media attention is hurting them more than helping and who cares if they are gay just don’t flaunt it

    1. Les K says:

      Don’t say who cares. you’ll piss off the religious fanatics.

  5. curmudgeon says:

    My respect for Stephen A. Smith just went up a couple notches.

  6. Randy Anderson says:

    Slippery slope….is when you like someone else being punished unfairly, but then when it happens to you, you’re like “huh”? What did I do? hahahahahaha

  7. Bob A says:

    Boycott the NFL and the NBA. They are being run by homocentric queers.

  8. Rick Pol says:

    Being gay isn’t a racist issue, it is fundamentally to many in the very least an un-natural thing that is obviously an offence to many who find it an unacceptable practice and they should have a right to express their opposition to it.

  9. Rick Pol says:

    Then there is the religious Biblical issue which the Bible condemns such behavior. Are we ready to condemn the Bible and those 60+% of our population that adhere to the Bible all because 2.5% of the population choose to be homosexual and would like to force it down the throat of the Bible believers? This isn’t a democracy that we live in, we are a republic that has a constitution and bill of rights that preserves the rights of those that believe in the Bible and it’s teachings. And let me leave you with this, in Revelations it says therefore let the wicked be wicked and the righteous be righteous because each will receive their just reward. And I have a God given right to believe that and a God given right to share that no matter how many vote to quiet my beliefs!

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