Nick Bosa had all the talent in the world to be a top pick in the NFL Draft. However, he didn’t have the Twitter to.

Leading up to the draft, the Ohio State product had to scrub his Twitter of any controversial content, removing posts and unfollowing accounts. In the past, Bosa has liked what some define as “homophobic and racist” content.

Even then, the San Francisco 49ers still felt that Bosa had too much to pass up. Maybe even his tweets calling former quarterback-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick “a clown” for his kneeling protests of social injustices and police brutalities made him more likable to the ownership group that blackballed the quarterback. But even so, when drafted, he still had to join a defensive united that featured cornerback Richard Sherman, one of the league’s most active players in discussing issues regarding social justice.

Sherman quelled any unrest in the eyes of fans on Monday. He told The Sacramento Bee “One thing about football is that nobody really cares what you say if you can play. 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.”

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At his introductory news conference for a team in one of the NFL’s most progressive markets, Bosa acknowledged his past actions.


“I definitely made some insensitive decisions throughout my life, and I’m just excited to be here with a clean slate,” he said. “I’m sorry if I hurt anybody. I definitely didn’t intend for that to be the case, but I think me being here is even better for me as a person because I don’t think there’s any city that you could really be in that would help you grow as much as this one will.”

Bosa continued: “I’m going to be surrounded by people, all different kinds, so I’m going to grow as a person and I’m going to be on my own. College, you have kind of like that support system around you. Now I’m here, I’m going to be on my own, I’m going to grow up, I’m going to learn a lot of new things.”

Sherman, though acknowledging everything Bosa has said and done, said that his focus was on football.

“It’s not like something where guys are like, ‘Hey man, what about what you said?’ No. No. If he can play, he can play. If he can’t play, he won’t be here,” the four time Pro-Bowler said. “But at the end of the day, that’s all that matters in football. Is he getting sacks on Sunday? Is he helping our team? Is he being a good teammate? Those are things that matter. Now if he’s a bad teammate, that’s something we’ll address.”

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