SANTA CLARA -- Nick Bosa’s previous social media activity has been under scrutiny for quite some time, but at least one African-American veteran player on the 49ers' roster said Friday that he'll withhold judgment until he spends time with the team's first-round draft pick.
"In this game, it's such a brotherhood that it doesn’t take long to find out who a man truly is,” the player said. “Kids make mistakes and say wild stuff. I will judge him by the man he is when I meet him and interact with him over time."
The player added that he only could speak for himself in giving Bosa, the No. 2 overall draft pick, a chance to prove himself. However, it does appear from the support Bosa has received from his new teammates that they will give him a shot. Coincidentally, that support has been on social media.
Bosa somberly spoke in his introductory press conference Friday at 49ers headquarters about proving to his new teammates the kind of person he is off the field. It was an “actions speak louder than words” type of statement, as he apologized for a past tweet in which he called former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who's well known for his social activism, "a clown."
“I think once they get in and I meet the guys and they learn who I am, I don’t think there’s going to need any explaining,” Bosa said. “I think they’re going to see who I am as a person, and that’ll be enough.”
Bosa also seemed to look forward to having a fresh start and putting his social media history behind him.
"I definitely made some insensitive decisions throughout my life," Bosa said. "I’m just excited to be here with a clean slate.
"I’m sorry if I hurt anybody. I definitely didn’t intend for that to be the case. I think me being here is even better for me as a person because I don’t think there’s anywhere, any city, that you could really be in that would help you grow as much as this one will."
49ers general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan also spoke about giving Bosa a fresh start. They acknowledged his past transgressions but believe in second chances.
“That's not something that we like, but I think that was a long time ago,” Lynch said. "And I think we choose to think more about what we've heard from people as to who the person really is, and I think Nick will speak to you all, and I think that we're going to give him a fresh start, and we'd hope that everybody would.”
Said Shanahan: “I think it's not right, but it's also not the person that we've been around, and it's not the person that we believe he is, and it's not the person that we've been told he is by a lot of people that we do trust. I think we're pretty confident that he'll get here and show everyone else that's the same thing.”
Time will tell how Bosa fits in the 49ers' new locker room, but it sounds like he'll be given a fair shake.