Nick Bosa has quickly turned into the most talked about 49ers player before even taking a snap in the NFL.
The 49ers' No. 2 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft has caused plenty of controversy with his activity on social media. But quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo says that won't cause an issue with the team.
“Not in the locker room. Those type of things aren’t even discussed," Garoppolo said in an interview with Fox Business Network host Stuart Varney, via the Mercury News. "Once you get into the facility, it’s all about football, it’s all about being a good teammate and putting the team first.”
Richard Sherman, one of the most vocal players on the 49ers, recently relayed the same message to Chris Biderman of the Sacramento Bee.
“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. “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.”
Sherman added, “Now, if he’s a bad teammate, that’s something we’ll address.”
Bosa's social media activity includes calling former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick "a clown" over two years ago for kneeling during the national anthem as a protest against racial and social injustices. In deleted tweets, Bosa also criticized Beyonce’s music as “complete trash” and called Black Panther the “worst Marvel movie.”
There's a pattern there against black culture, and Bosa has also "liked" multiple posts in his past on social media with racist connotations and regarding the opposition of immigration.
“One thing about football is that nobody really cares what you say if you can play,” Sherman told The Bee. “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.”
Garoppolo says that Bosa needs mentoring like every other rookie, but received a positive vibe when he first met him.
“Nick seems like a good guy," Garoppolo said. "I got the chance to meet him for a quick second when he first got drafted. We’ll bring him along right.”
Bosa, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., apologized for his Kaepernick tweet during his 49ers introductory press conference and says he's never wanted to hurt anybody.
“I definitely made some insensitive decisions throughout my life, and I’m just excited to be here with a clean slate,” Bosa said. “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."