- Nick Bosa was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers with the second pick in the NFL draft.
- His social-media use and political beliefs have drawn criticism in the buildup to the draft, as he has tweeted support for President Donald Trump and liked right-wing social-media posts.
- Bosa said he deleted his political tweets because he “might end up in San Francisco.”
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Ohio State edge rusher Nick Bosa’s social-media use has drawn criticism in the lead-up to the NFL draft.
Bosa, who was taken with the second overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, has tweeted support for President Donald Trump and followed and liked conservative and right-wing accounts on social media.
In addition, Bosa called Colin Kaepernick a “clown” in a tweet, criticised Beyoncé’s music, and called “Black Panther” the worst Marvel movie, raising eyebrows from sceptics.
One Twitter user outlined incidents in which Bosa liked Instagram posts from an account called “too_savage_for_democrats,” which included posts about funding for Trump’s border wall.
Bosa has since deleted many of his tweets. He told ESPN’s Keith Van Valkenburg that he needed to before the draft because of where he could land.
“I had to,” Bosa said. “There is a chance I might end up in San Francisco.”
Still, some have been critical of Bosa remaining a top draft prospect.
I will say this again for anyone who isn't listening : If Nick Bosa was black and tweeting & liking homophobic posts on social media his draft stock would stumble to the 2nd or 3rd round at least. The SILENCE about his racist tweets by some sports show hosts speaks volumes https://t.co/FKWvPdBYqX
— Dr. Jason Johnson (@DrJasonJohnson) April 25, 2019
Bosa has been following white nationalist accounts with some of the most vile and disgraceful content you’ll see. There’s other disturbing things he’s done on social media.
A black player who did the equivalent would see his draft stock tumble like Nadia Comaneci.
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) April 25, 2019
USA Today’s Nancy Armour wrote that deleting the tweets was as much of a problem for Bosa as the tweets themselves:
“Our personal beliefs are just that, personal, and Bosa is entitled to his. But as a star athlete, he also has a platform. And with it comes a responsibility to be both authentic and informed, as well as an obligation to own his actions, decisions and, yes, his opinions.”
Bosa is far from the first NFL player to have shown support Trump or have right-leaning opinions.
ESPN’s draft guru Todd McShay told The New York Times’ Marc Tracy that Bosa’s social-media posts and political beliefs wouldn’t affect his draft stock:
“I can’t imagine a team sitting in a draft room – and I’ve asked teams – saying, ‘We’re going to pass on this guy because he’s left or right wing.’ … As long as it’s not something that from a character standpoint is something that is concerning or alarming, I don’t think politics will play into where a guy gets picked.”
Similarly, The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami wrote that locker rooms are tolerant of opposing political views, as long as players work hard and treat others well:
“I know a lot of players with very different political beliefs who bonded quite successfully when they were put together to win games … Generally, if the locker room believes you are genuine, you care for your teammates, you work hard, you help the team win and you’re not obnoxious, why wouldn’t you be embraced? Why wouldn’t Bosa be embraced if he plays well, works hard and isn’t obnoxious?”
Bosa’s social-media use obviously did not affect his standing in the draft. His past, present, and future social-media activity still figures to be monitored, however.
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