NFL Draft 2014: 4 Winners, 4 Losers
4. Don Jones, Miami Dolphin homophobe
Most of the folks around the league were very gracious and welcoming of Sam. Then there was Don Jones, a second year player for the Dolphins:
Soon after Sam was drafted, Jones tweeted "OMG" and "horrible." Those tweets since have been deleted.
Television cameras showed Sam kissing his boyfriend after the former Missouri star received a phone call from the Rams.
Following last year's issues with Miami's locker-room culture, Jones's tweet was enough to catch the attention of Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey.
"I was made aware of it and I was disappointed in those comments," Hickey said Saturday night. "That's not what we stand for as an organization. The draft weekend is a culmination for so many players, their lifetime achievement of their dream to achieve a goal for Michael Sam and all the other players.
"It's a celebration. ... I think it's a great thing for the league."
Yeah, not a great week for the Dolphins on Twitter....
3. Dolphins center Mike Pouncey....
After the Dolphins selected Tennessee offensive lineman Ja'Waun James:
Some folks been dumb a long time! pic.twitter.com/Z17T1kOg5T— Warren Sapp (@WarrenSapp) May 9, 2014
The only thing that would make Pouncey's Jonathan Martin jokes more absurd would be if he were tweeting them while wearing his "FREE HERNANDEZ" lid.
2. My pal John McClain of the Houston Chronicle
Back when the whole draft process started and it seemed like it was a foregone conclusion that the Texans would be drafting a quarterback, my buddy John McClain put his money where his mouth was. Actually, he literally put his employer's end product where his mouth was, which would be awesome if he worked at a pizzeria or a sushi bar. Unfortunately, he works for a print publication, so when McClain said that he would eat the front page of the draft day sports page if the Texans didn't select a quarterback in the first round, we all just assumed he knew something we didn't. As it turns out, if McClain did know something, then the Texans heel turned him badly, selecting Clowney and relegating McClain to a meal of tuna and sports page...
1. The makers of Draft Day
In case you missed it, there was a story that began circulating the first night of the draft that Browns owner Jimmy Haslam was approached by a homeless guy who told him to draft Johnny Manziel. Here is the transcript of the story:
"Jimmy Haslam, the owner of the team, I spent about 30 minutes with in his office today and we talked a lot about football. He said, 'You know what, I can go out to dinner anywhere in Tennessee and nobody bothers me.' That's his home state. But he said, 'Here in Cleveland, everywhere I go, people know me. I was out to dinner recently and a homeless person was out on the street, [he] looked up at me and said: Draft Manziel.' And that convinced him that the Cleveland Browns fans wanted Manziel."
I couldn't find the video, probably because Paolantonio himself is trying to have it destroyed as his report makes the homeless guy's advice sound as credible as a scout in Haslam's war room (and to be fair to Paolantonio, it may very well be; after all, this is the Browns we are talking about here). I just know that somewhere, the makers of Draft Day are kicking themselves that they didn't insert a homeless man in the script muttering "Draft Jennings" to the cheese-ball owner who never took off his shades (played in career ending fashion by Frank Langella).
Although perhaps this may be the impetus for a sequel to Draft Day, and let's face it...that would be the real tragedy.