Nick Bosa had tweeted in support of President Trump and critically of Colin Kaepernick, prior to the NFL Draft. However, sensing that he would likely be drafted by the team from ultra-liberal San Francisco where Colin Kaepernick once plied his trade, Bosa chose to delete those tweets in the lead up to the draft.
But that didn’t stop the 49ers from asking him about those tweets.
During an interview on Bloomberg’s Business of Sports podcast, 49ers President Al Guido was asked whether the team was concerned about bringing an outspoken Trump supporter and Kaepernick critic to San Francisco.
“Not at all,” Guido explained. “It doesn’t mean we didn’t do background on the kid, doesn’t mean we didn’t bring it up and ask him the question, but look — if we’re going to get in a world where we’re not drafting Republicans or not drafting Democrats… The way that I think about it is, ‘he’s a young kid, he had a perspective.’ That perspective is fine, some of other stuff he did I think was a little insensitive and needs to learn from.”
Guido made it clear that 49ers GM John Lynch shared his feelings on Bosa.
“Honestly, I spent no time worrying about it, I know John Lynch spent no time worrying about it, we worry about the kid himself, not necessarily his political leanings,” he said.
Bosa has said that he’s done with tweeting about politics. President Trump congratulated Bosa on his selection by the 49ers and, regarding his politics, told him to “stay true to yourself.”
Congratulations to Nick Bosa on being picked number two in the NFL Draft. You will be a great player for years to come, maybe one of the best. Big Talent! San Francisco will embrace you but most importantly, always stay true to yourself. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 27, 2019
Bosa is expected to resurrect the 49ers pass rush, along with free agent acquisition Dee Ford.
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