ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith argued on Monday that suspending and fining NFL players over their personal opinions is a “very, very dangerous” thing. Miami Dolphins player Don Jones was fined, suspended and ordered to undergo “educational training” after he tweeted “OMG” and “Horrible” in reaction to Michael Sam kissing a man after being drafted by the St. Louis Rams over the weekend.
“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,” Smith said.
While Smith admitted he hadn’t seen the full footage of the kiss, he also added that if the kissing happened as it’s been described to him he would have told them the same thing he would say to a heterosexual couple: “Get a room.” However, he made it clear that the act of a man kissing another man does not bother him personally.
And even though Smith considers himself an “advocate for civil rights for the gay community,” he said people should “have the freedom to not want to be associated with that or not want that in their face.”
“I don’t have a problem with it, but I do respect those that do,” he added.
Watch the ESPN segment below via National Review: