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Miami Dolphins Players Tweet Intolerance
By: Jessica Cherok
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In addition to sensitivity training, the Miami Dolphins' football team could probably use a social media course as well.

Two of the team’s players tweeted their negative reactions to Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend on ESPN’s coverage of the NFL Draft. Sam, who is the NFL’s first openly gay player, was drafted to the St. Louis Rams last week. ESPN was there to cover his story, and caught his celebratory kiss with his boyfriend on film.

Apparently it was this display of happiness and affection that moved two Miami Dolphins players to tweet. Mike Pouncey and Don Jones both shared their feelings of disgust on the social media site. The response was swift backlash.

Both Pouncey and Jones issued apologies for what was tweeted, and Miami general manager, Dennis Hickney, distanced the team from the intolerance of the two players. Jones deleted the tweet, and Pouncey deleted his entire account.

The quick nature of social media has plagued the images of sports teams for years. Players make off-the-cuff remarks without thinking of what it does to the team’s image. Managers are forced to backpedal, leagues issue fines, and damage control ensues.

It makes you wonder if social media classes should be part of players’ training camps.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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