Former Ohio State star Nick Bosa’s past social media activity continues to be a hot topic this NFL offseason. Monday night, The Sacramento Bee interviewed San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman about his new teammate.
In short, Sherman said that if Bosa can play, it won’t be a big deal. Bosa’s tweets in question, which he later deleted, included calling Colin Kaepernick a “clown” for kneeling for the national anthem. There’s also his Instagram account – on which he appeared to “like” racist and homophobic memes when he was younger.
Sherman didn’t go as far as to say that he doesn’t think Bosa could be racist.
“One thing about football is that nobody really cares what you say if you can play,” Sherman told The Bee on Monday following a speaking event for the Body Armor sports drink, in which Sherman is an investor. “At the end of the day, I think a guy that has played with African Americans his whole life, not saying he can’t be racist, but they know how to maneuver around African Americans.”
“When you’re at Ohio State, it’s not like Ohio State’s an all-white school. So I don’t think that’s going to ever be an issue,” Sherman said. “I think, at the end of the day, your beliefs are your beliefs … but when you’re in the building and you’re a football player and you’re a teammate, you handle yourself accordingly. And I think he understands that.”
President Donald Trump actually weighed in on the 49ers drafting Bosa with a congratulatory tweet. He was criticized for praising Bosa, but not acknowledging Kyler Murray, who went No. 1 overall to the Arizona Cardinals.
Congratulations to Nick Bosa on being picked number two in the NFL Draft. You will be a great player for years to come, maybe one of the best. Big Talent! San Francisco will embrace you but most importantly, always stay true to yourself. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 27, 2019
Sherman, one of the most outspoken players in the NFL, was drafted in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played for the Seattle Seahawks for seven seasons before moving over to the 49ers in 2018.
Sherman is probably right – if Bosa is as big a star as most project, his social media activity will likely be ignored. If he struggles, it could be a different story.