Before the 2019 NFL Draft — Nick Bosa was the subject of many articles that called out his social media activity that unearthed tweets from him calling Colin Kaepernick a “clown,” liking posts on Instagram that featured gay and racial slurs.
The powers to be in San Fran had already spoken out on his behavior, but players stayed in the background on the subject.
That was until Richard Sherman was asked about his new teammate’s controversial online habits, and he made it quite clear that it won’t become an issue just as long as Bosa delivers on the field.
“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,” Sherman said, via Chris Biderman of the Sacramento Bee. “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.”
Many seem to take issue with Sherman’s comments dismissing what Bosa did just because he may or may not be good on a football field.
The veteran cornerback heard the criticism and seemed to fire back on Twitter:
“One thing about football is that nobody really cares what you say if you can play,” Sherman said. “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. 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.”