San Diego Chargers star defensive end Joey Bosa’s brother, Nick, was recently selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the second overall pick – who also followed in his brother’s footsteps becoming a standout at the same position at Ohio State University.
But that selection came with controversy. Nick Bosa has been unapologetic about his support for President Trump and his disdain towards former embattled quarterback Colin Kaepernick until right before the 2019 NFL draft when he was forced to delete all of those social media posts.
And controversial 49ers star cornerback Richard Sherman had some surprising things to say about his new teammate.
Richard Sherman was in the Masters program at Stanford University before the Seattle Seahawks drafted him with the 154th overall pick in the 2011 draft. Sherman quickly excelled in the league and was arguably the top player at his position for a few good years.
They called that Seattle Seahawks defense “The Legion of Boom,” and many analysts considered them to be right up with defensive powerhouses like the 2000 Baltimore Ravens and the 1985 Chicago Bears.
Sherman was a controversial figure made famous by a meme when his Seahawks defeated the New England Patriots and said “U Mad Bro?” in 2012. It was the beginning of a dynasty.
But Sherman was also a loudmouth athlete who consistently sowed division – calling out head coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson every chance he could.
However, he doesn’t feel that way about his new teammate Nick Bosa in the wake of his controversial tweets about President Trump and former anthem-kneeler Colin Kaepernick because he isn’t concerned with his ideologies.
Sherman said to 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.”
It’s almost ironic and probably unintentional but that comment is also a slight towards Kaepernick because the insinuation is that if the former 49ers quarterback could still ball then he would still be playing.
Also, it’s surprising that Sherman jumped to conclusions with “not saying he can’t be racist,” because zilch about what Bosa tweeted had any form of racist ideologies attached to it.
Bosa once called Kaepernick a “clown” on Twitter but it wasn’t because he was African American; it was because kneeling during the National Anthem deeply offended him.
His support for President Trump might not be all it’s cracked up to be either. Nobody really knows how deep his affection for the current president really is so it’s presumptuous and unfair to categorize it any other way.
Bosa even said during his introductory press conference: “I definitely made some insensitive decisions throughout my life and I’m just excited to be here with a clean slate. 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. 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 might be playing the angle that he doesn’t want to stir the pot, especially considering that Nick Bosa might turn out to be one of the best players in this whole draft when all is said and done.
Or it could be that the aging star isn’t even close to the best cornerback in the league any longer and might be trying to keep everything copacetic with the organization so the 49ers don’t release him.