Before the 2019 NFL Draft, there was a firestorm on social media as people began to take notice of Nick Bosa’s past comments, the things he liked on Instagram and the sort of accounts that he followed and had been following for years.
He was still selected #2 overall by the 49ers, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be there long, according to Richard Sherman.
The San Francisco 49ers veteran cornerback 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.
If he sucks, however, then things could change drastically.
“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.”
Bosa would apologize for the things he said about Colin Kaepernick, who he referred to as a “clown” and promised to not talk about supporting Donald Trump in the near future.
“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.”
Only time will tell if this becomes a bigger issue in the locker room.