Top NFL pick Nick Bosa is promising to keep his political ideas to himself from now on, after taking wide criticism from liberal sports media over his traditional conservative political opinions.
At one time, the Ohio State defensive end had a number of social media posts praising President Trump, slamming the NFL’s national anthem protests, and criticizing former NFL player Colin Kaepernick. However, a few weeks ago Bosa began systematically deleting his political posts on social media in preparation for jumping into the NFL draft.
Now, Bosa says he is done posting to social media.
“I’m not really worried about Twitter anymore. I think the people who know me, know who I am. And I’m going to keep my opinions to myself from now on,” Bosa said, according to Pro Football Talk.
Bosa could end up playing for the San Francisco 49rs or the Los Angeles Chargers in the deep blue state of California, and he does not want his political ideals to be a distraction.
Indeed, Bosa recently visited Santa Clara and said he loved the atmosphere.
“Just all really, really good dudes,” Bosa said. “We had dinner and sat around and talked, man to man. I just love them, the culture. It seems like the kind of culture I’d like to be in. It was just a really good visit.
“It just seems like a family. Every coach that I talked to when they were away from coach [Kyle] Shanahan just talked up how player-friendly he is and how he’s just a regular guy, but when it’s time to go to work, he goes to work. Playing for somebody like that would be really cool,” he added.
Bosa may just be right that liberals will make his politics a line of attack against him. USA Today Sports columnist Nancy Armour, for instance, spent several thousand words attacking Bosa over his politics and didn’t once mention his play on the football field.
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