The NFL is a private organization and has its own rules. If Jones (a Dolphin) were tweeting anything else negatively, he’d likely face punishment as well. It’s probably worse because of the spotlight Michael Sam is in. Remember that the organization is coming out of a scandal from 2012 and 2013 over bullying and excessive force, for example Ndamukong Suh’s $100k fine for illegal blocking. There are expectations set and the organization has the right to enforce them, and among the Rams (who resemble street thugs with entourages more than players when they’re out and about in St. Louis) it’d be nice to see them better-behaved in general.
That said, Michael Sam’s reaction was a bit over the top. He shoved cake into his boyfriend’s face and kissed him passionately. That’d be considered racy if it were a man and a woman. I understand the desire in the LGBT community to be at once accepted and open about sexual choices, in other words to be openly gay but have that be no big thing. Then being openly gay has to look like being straight - if your conduct is racy it’s called out for being racy.
By the way, the gay community responded with their own take on how disgusting straight kisses are:
Derrick Ward, who is retired from the NFL, also sent negative tweets about Michael Sam’s kissing his partner. Among the tweets as of the time I write this (twitter.com/derrickward32) are racial slurs and threats against his children. The retaliation of “You’re a bigot” is at least on-topic, but to say “Better keep your kids outta school, know what I’m sayin?” shows that both sides can come down to an appalling lack of maturity, and perhaps civility.
Fair’s fair, I suppose. Gays don’t have to accept that my God-designed, naturally-intended, Church-sanctioned, State-recognized heterosexual marriage is good - they can call it icky or gross or whatever. They can think it horrible that I reproduce, or that I kiss my wife in public and tell her she’s beautiful, hold hands with her when I walk down the street. They can be appalled that she stays at home while I work, that we pray together and worship in a Parish where sermons on Self-Control as a gift of the Holy Spirit, and on the evils of excessive sexuality are common.
And I don’t have to vote for approval of gay marriage in my State. But I digress…
In the meantime, the key word that the Rams will need to stick to is “performance”. Sam made the draft but he needs to perform well in the camps in order to make the team. As a first-year player, hey may not be fielded very often but when he is he will have to play at his best. I hate to say it but every time he is played or not played will be commented on. It’s partly that he will only play in 16 regular season games this year (because it’s the Rams and they won’t make the playoffs) so there’s more conversation than content. But it’s also that, no matter how he may try to stay out of the limelight, he’ll forever be in it.