“I don’t have [a] problem with gay [people],” Safety Don Jones told The Miami Herald on Thursday. “Shoot, I do have a bunch of family members that are gay. My brother, my cousins. I never really had a problem.”
Jones tweeted 'OMG' and 'Horrible' after Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL, kissed his boyfriend in celebration of being picked in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams.
Jones later apologized for his tweets and coach Joe Philbin described them as "inappropriate and unacceptable."
Jones was fined, suspended and ordered to undergo educational training. The Dolphins reinstated Jones in May.
Jones, who was drafted in the seventh round out of Arkansas State in 2013, appeared in 16 games and recorded 10 tackles last season.
- Chris Johnson