Social media can be quite unforgiving at times. Nathan Gerry is finding that out the hard way.
Usually when old tweets are resurfaced, it’s from incoming draft picks who forgot to scrub their accounts as they enter the big leagues, but this time around, it’s from an NFL player who has been in the league for 4 years now.
The Eagles linebacker came under fire on Thursday afternoon after old tweets containing racial slurs resurfaced. Gerry, who is white, is shown to have repeatedly used a variation of the n-word in tweets dated for the years 2011 and 2012 when the linebacker would have been 16 or 17 years old.
Hours after the tweets resurfaced, Gerry took to his Twitter account to offer an apology for his actions:
“I have been made aware of some offensive social media posts I sent out many years ao. I am incredibly disappointed in myself and downright sick over these actions because I know that they don’t reflect my values as a person, but more importantly because I understand the damage that my words have caused.
That type of language is never acceptable. I am committed to showing through my actions that is not who I am or what I represent. I take full responsibility and apologize to the organization, to my teammates, our fans, our community and everyone who I have offended by these incredible insensitive and harmful posts.”