‘There is a chance I might end up in San Francisco…’
(Ben Sellers, Liberty Headlines) Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa, one of the top picks in the upcoming NFL draft, scrubbed his Twitter account recently of any risque political commentary that might that might enrage social justice warriors or trigger snowflakes.
“I had to,” he told ESPN writer Kevin Van Valkenburg. “There is a chance I might end up in San Francisco.”
Bosa’s stats in three seasons with the Buckeyes included 26 sacks and 51 tackles for loss of yards.
— Nick Bosa (@nbsmallerbear) March 4, 2019.
According to Sports Illustrated, the bottom-finishing Arizona Cardinals will likely opt to prioritize their quarterback needs by drafting Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray.
That means Bosa is projected to be the No. 2 draft pick, which would fall to the San Francisco 49ers.
But the team’s talented acquisition may not go over well with some teammates and fans in the Bay Area who continue to rally around the 49ers’ controversial ex-quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.
After Kaepernick drew national attention for leading the NFL’s anthem-kneeling movement, Bosa referred to him on Twitter as “a clown” in August 2016.
Bosa—an NFL legacy following his brother, Los Angeles Chargers DE Joey, and dad, former Miami Dolphins DE John—was also outspoken on social media in support of conservative icons Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump.
He posted a picture of the two presidents with the caption “Goats” (an acronym for “Greatest Of All Time”).
Other since-deleted online comments criticized singer Beyonce and the movie “Black Panther.”
However, in recent months, according to ESPN, Bosa has toned it down considerably and become “increasingly bland” while trying to cultivate a more marketable public persona.
Meanwhile, the struggling 49ers finished last season with a 4–12 record, facing growing pains under the direction of new head coach Kyle Shanahan that were compounded early on by a season-ending AFL tear for new starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo.
The team last made it to the Super Bowl in 2012 with Kaepernick at the helm.
But when the aging QB and budding social activist began to see diminishing returns in his play-making, he was benched as the starter in the 2016 season.
He opted out of his 49ers contract the following March.
The 31-year-old Kaepernick went unsigned for the past two seasons, claiming that the cause was team owners’ racism rather than his flagging athleticism and diva attitude.
However, he recently settled a suit against the NFL and continues to fuel rumors of a comeback.
Thus, if the Cards decided to front-load their D-line by drafting Bosa, that could present the possibility—albeit highly unlikely—that he and Kaepernick might even become teammates.