Nick Bosa: I stopped pro-Trump tweets because I might go to San Francisco

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Former Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa was once outspoken on Twitter. Now he’s less so.

Bosa, who has praised President Trump and called Colin Kaepernick a “clown” in tweets that he later deleted, told Kevin Van Valkenburg of ESPN.com that he decided giving up his political tweeting was only practical because he might get drafted by the 49ers, who represent one of the most liberal cities in America.

I had to,” Bosa said. “There is a chance I might end up in San Francisco.”

Bosa, of course, didn’t “have to” do anything. For an example of a player who chose to prioritize his freedom of expression over his NFL career, he need only look to Kaepernick, the so-called “clown” who isn’t in the NFL anymore because he kneeled during the national anthem. And Bosa certainly wouldn’t have suffered the same fate as Kaepernick — he’d get drafted no matter how much he tweeted about politics, although some teams might be weary of a player who would be polarizing with the fan base.

Not wanting to risk a backlash, Bosa is now keeping his political opinions to himself.

133 responses to “Nick Bosa: I stopped pro-Trump tweets because I might go to San Francisco

  1. I think it’s a smart move. Being outspoken politically can hurt your income potential. Look no further than San Francisco for Exhibit A.

  2. Not wanting to risk a backlash, Bosa is now keeping his political opinions to himself.

    Wise decision, no matter what side of politics he is on, on a boatload of vocal morons will be on the other side telling him how wrong he is.

  3. It’s a mystery to me why any celebrity thinks political tweets are something the world benefits from. Somehow complex issues can be expressed by a kid with zero experience into a text barely longer than a bumper sticker?

    And when it comes to pro football players, unless you’re prepared to make politics your cause, it’s just dumb to tweet out your inane opinions and maybe alienate half the fans. And that’s true no matter what city’s team you go to.

  4. Except, of course, that if Kaepernick had just restricted his freedom of expression to tweeting during off hours, no one would have cared. The problem was protesting during work hours at your place of employment. What private business lets you do that? Why should the NFL be held to a ridiculous standard in this regard?

  5. Kaepernick had already made a great deal of money BEFORE he work his pigs socks. It’s a smart business decision to give the Twitter a break.

  6. he’d get drafted no matter how much he tweeted about politics, although some teams might be weary of a player who would be polarizing with the fan base.
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    You don’t polarize a NFL fan base by showing love and respect for your country and the men and women who sacrificed everything for it. You polarize the fan base by doing the exact opposite of that.

  7. Does he not understand that people get destroyed over things they put on social media 10 + years ago? It’s already out there, my man.

  8. Coward. When you start being afraid of who you are, and what you believe in, because you are worried about what idiots might say to you…….then you may as well just sign over everything else you have…and cower away

  9. Not wanting to risk backlash, Bosa removes political tweets and then attacks Kap and speaks on his support for Trump to the media.

    Yea that does it.

  10. Well, everyone knows where he stands now. Don’t make him a bad guy or a good guy. Just a guy with his own opinion. Like all of us.

  11. ncm42 says:
    April 10, 2019 at 12:27 pm
    Does he not understand that people get destroyed over things they put on social media 10 + years ago? It’s already out there, my man.
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    Im nearly 62 and even I know that….

  12. remizak says:
    April 10, 2019 at 12:20 pm
    It’s a mystery to me why any celebrity thinks political tweets are something the world benefits from. Somehow complex issues can be expressed by a kid with zero experience into a text barely longer than a bumper sticker?

    And when it comes to pro football players, unless you’re prepared to make politics your cause, it’s just dumb to tweet out your inane opinions and maybe alienate half the fans. And that’s true no
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    I agree but it’s called freedom of speech. Just ask our President.

  13. Sad day when people feel they can’t say what they think. I prefer people to tweet what they think.

  14. It is very hard to vocalize support for trump as an average joe-can’t imagine as a celebrity.

  15. Am I free to express my political opinions at a party after work? Of course. Am I free to do so at work? I am not. That’s true for most working people, and it exists because at work we need to put aside our differences to support the common goals of the organization.

  16. “Only look to Kaepernick, the so-called “clown” who isn’t in the NFL anymore because he kneeled during the national anthem.”

    Riiiiiight…that’s why he’s no longer in the NFL. C’mon, there’s s lot more to it thank that. It starts with philosopher Kap voiding the last year of his contract looking to score big and wearing that Castro shirt. Keep it real.

  17. 8oneanddones says:
    April 10, 2019 at 12:25 pm
    Does he really think people in the Bay Area are that dumb?
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    Based on the people they elect? That would be a 100% YES!

  18. Sad day when people feel they can’t say what they think. I prefer people to tweet what they think.
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    I mean, 3 years ago an NFL career ended because of political opinions( you can say it was due to play, but when Nate Peterman continues to have a job while a SB QB doesnt, that says it all). With Trump being as toxic as he is to over 50% of the US population (dont argue, if you go by the popular vote, opinion polls, approval polls its always and will likely always be over 50%) its only logical to tone it down.

  19. Too late, they’re already out there. So if you can’t take the HEAT, don’t send the TWEET.

  20. Is anyone surprised that an entitled millinial, who grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth and who quit on his team would be a trump supporter? We often support those that we identify with. Just saying

  21. Except, of course, that if Kaepernick had just restricted his freedom of expression to tweeting during off hours, no one would have cared. The problem was protesting during work hours at your place of employment. What private business lets you do that? Why should the NFL be held to a ridiculous standard in this regard?

    It was permitted by the CBA

  22. Bosa, of course, didn’t “have to” do anything.

    No he didn’t. However he realized that his career was worth more than sharing his thoughts online. He made a choice that was best suited for him. No glorified blogger like you has the ability to question what he deems best.

  23. There’s a reason most families don’t discuss politics during family gatherings for holidays and alike. It’s extremely divisive. Keeping your political opinion to yourself helps everyone, but mostly yourself.

  24. As someone who grew up in San Francisco, I personally think that Bosa can tweet his support for Trump all he damn well please. I dont have to agree with his politics to respect his opinion. As long as he stays healthy and gets sacks, he could run for president for all I care. And most Niner fans wouldn’t care either.

  25. You want to be a successful football player? Look to Larry Fitzgerald. He doesn’t tweet garbage at people, doesn’t inundate us with his political or personal opinions on social media or on TV – just does his job well and brings credit to himself and his family by his behavior on and off the field.

  26. “although some teams might be weary of a player who would be polarizing with the fan base.”

    Kinda summed it up yourself.

    Your title should be:

    “NFL prospect rightfully fears backlash for expressing his views even though nothing wrong with it.”

  27. Every time you make a political statement, you make yourself objectionable to either 51% or 49% of the audience. For most people, it’s best just not to make political statements except to vote.

  28. The Nathan Peterman/ Colin Kaepernick example is like apples and oranges. Peterman chooses to accept a role of 3rd string or whatever role it takes to stay in the league. Kaepernick demands to be named the starter with a giant contract and be entitled to that role regardless of the situation or his caliber of play.

  29. The commenters are strictly judging Bosas thought basis re his opinions re TRUMP. Actually, his point us valid discussing ANY contraversal issue..ie guns abortion, etc

    Of course he has the “right” to express his opinion…but for WHAT good reason?

  30. Bosa realized, or was advised, that potential employers along with their paying customers care not a whit about an employee’s personal political beliefs. And they certainly don’t want to see it displayed on company time. Kaepernick didn’t. Next!

  31. He can say anything about his support for Trump, or Nancy P…and the fans can take it as they will, just remember there are responsibility’s for the tweets. Play football and be happy. Bill

  32. If any team don’t like his political opinions they have the right not to draft him. Speak your mind and stand by your convictions. Their loss, not yours.

  33. People hate politics period. It doesnt matter if its about Trump/ Obama/ Bush etc no one wants to hear it – My Pappy used to say just focus and keep your nose clean… wise advice.

    Nick is going to be a great star in the league, I know they talk about social media during rookie seminars etc… from day 1 until you retire – just focus on your profession and everyone will adore you.

  34. After learning he’s pro-Trump and not over 65, I’d recommend CTE scanning right now.

  35. Word to Nick

    Just tell them you do not want to play in Frisco, NJ or NE and be done w it

    Man up homey

  36. stellarperformance says:
    April 10, 2019 at 1:49 pm
    After learning he’s pro-Trump and not over 65, I’d recommend CTE scanning right now.

    3 1 Rate This

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    This comment wins the Internets, thank you.

  37. Everyone has a right to what he believes what he or she wants, too bad it comes at a cost.

  38. This an interesting case study.
    I had no idea Nick Bosa tweeted, or what he tweeted about.
    Now by deleting things, and the news picking up on the fact I know.
    So more people know he was/is pro-Trump than ever before.

  39. Twitter is all about ego for a sports player. Outside of plugging their endorsements, it is of no value whatsoever.

    Really dumb comment. Could have just said “I choose not to discuss politics anymore in social media”. Instead, he mentions “I might go to San Francisco”. Haha…. I kind of appreciate his honesty more than his media savvy

  40. Why do you think he choose to do this? A president who was elected by half of the country, and the people who elected him are not only not represented AT ALL in the media, the media constantly chastises everyone who would have the audacity to vote for someone that they did not perpetuate. Free thinking is no longer aloud in the current state of this country.

  41. I appreciate the fact that he is actively looking for ways to fit in with the fan base to the teams that are interested in him. He is not changing his views/stances. He is just admitting that it does no good to him or the fans to express his personal views vocally. Good on him (or his agent) for coming to that decision. I wish more athletes would.

  42. PrincePaul says:
    April 10, 2019 at 2:08 pm
    As a Niners fan, politics aaide, I want Josh Allen.
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    As a Niner fan, I disagree. Give me Bosa or trade down. I would prefer Burns and an additional pick to just grabbing Allen at #2.

  43. stoptrippn says:
    April 10, 2019 at 2:20 pm
    He must know trump is not a popular person because of his views on nfl players and Charlotteville right?
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    A new Rasmussen poll has President Trumps approval rating among likely voters at 53%. Try again.

  44. This is America we should be able to express our political beliefs (outside of work) without fear of retaliation. But if you are a conservative you risk facing the unruly pitchfork mob so I get what Bosa is doing.

  45. “carloswlassiter says:
    April 10, 2019 at 1:42 pm
    He sounds like he has an IQ of about 47.”

    He’s a Trump supporter. 47 is almost certainly far too high.

  46. PrincePaul says:
    April 10, 2019 at 2:08 pm
    As a Niners fan, politics aaide, I want Josh Allen.
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    No. You want Bosa. He does not need any hype. He’s really f-ing good.

  47. He probably didn’t come to this conclusion himself. At this point, he was probably told by several parties to knock some things off to make them more appealing. His agent probably said something, his agency itself probably has advised on it, and I wouldn’t doubt that teams have asked questions about it. This is such a process now, that these players tend to get scrubbed down on everything. Don’t do this, don’t do that, do this and that. Its all a process, and he is in that now. I am not shocked by this but I am not going to give him credit for being advised to knock it off.

  48. Sorry you made that choice. Morals should “Trump” any job. Feel free to spread your political views. God knows the people of SF could benefit it.

  49. He just doesn’t sound too bright to me. Why tweet about politics in the first place? It’s not the forum for discussion of these issues. It just divides you from a lot of other folks.

    He also could have just stopped. Instead he makes a big deal of announcing it. Now that doesn’t draw more attention to it?

    Between the double torn muscles and the tweets, not sure he should be the top pick. How do you return from torn core muscle injury? Is it for sure he’ll be himself? And not reinjured?

  50. Bosa should have left the tweets up AND added to his timeline of his support for the great President Trump and the MAGA movement.

  51. It’s been a golden rule for ages that you don’t discuss politics or religion with your friends or at work. Just because you have the right of free speech, outside of work, doesn’t mean it’s always wise to run your mouth.

  52. What a shame that is frowned upon to openly support this president. We live in the greatest country in the world and should all root for it to be successful no matter what party is in power.

  53. Well, that comment should guarantee that he doesn’t end up in SF. Likely a smart move on his part given the California tax rates. Now if he can figure out how to keep getting drafted by a New York team. Think Tennessee, Florida, Texas, all states with no state income tax.

  54. let’s not sit here and act as if Bosa would not get completely steam rolled out of the NFL if continued to publicly support the guy from that apprentice show. the fact that he has decided to stop tweeting about politics is a great example of a person using common sense.

  55. Lol. Are we sure Kaepernick isn’t in the league because of the kneeling? His girlfriend turning him into a skinny vegan couldn’t have anything to do with it, either!

  56. This from a guy that quit on his Ohio St team during the regular season. No way would I want on my team.

    Forget about cities not wanting him based on what he tweets NFL lockers aren’t going to want to play with this guy. How’s the saying go: best not speak and have others think you’re an idiot rather than speaking and eliminating all doubt.

  57. 8oneanddones says:
    April 10, 2019 at 12:25 pm
    Does he really think people in the Bay Area are that dumb?

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    Bosa is a Trump supporter. Obviously he doesn’t think.

  58. Nick should have known that someone, somewhere will always share your thoughts on politics or religion once posted on the internet.

  59. Coward. When you start being afraid of who you are, and what you believe in, because you are worried about what idiots might say to you…….then you may as well just sign over everything else you have…and cower away

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    Basically, this is the problem in our country. People are downvoting someone who’s saying that he shouldn’t stop tweeting if it’s what he believes in.

    So, it’s only ok to say things if it’s what we believe in. That’s pretty messed up, especially to see it in America.

  60. People always confuse freedom of speech, which is their right, with freedom to speak without consequence, which is not.
    Choosing not to speak because of consequence is neither cowardly nor wise.
    It’s just a choice, informed by the perception of consequence.
    As to Bosa, I’d be way more concerned about his injury history.

  61. It’s never a good idea to bring one’s personal political views into the work place and these days, as the country has become so divided and polarized, even more prudent to keep such thoughts to yourself. (An article such as this could even cool your reception in areas besides San Francisco!)

  62. His political views have been splashed all over the media thanks to articles like this. Everyone now knows he supports President Trump. What sense at this point does it make to delete his tweets now?

  63. He’s 20. I imagine that his politics will change as he gets older. Not sure why someone that will be in a union and benefits greatly from that, would support someone that is working hard to take that freedom away.

  64. Technically it’s Santa Clara, not San Francisco. All we want is whoever we draft to have the commitment, intensity, and desire to chase greatness. Like G Kittle. What a player’s political views are is really not too important. Staying out of trouble off the field is what we’re more concerned about with our incoming draft classes.

  65. And there’s the problem. To many people compromising themselves & pandering to the left, so nobody gets upset. Pathetic.

  66. so, hes smart and not a total moron (every dropped spot in the draft is another $100k, eventually it becomes real money)

  67. San Francisco isn’t so bad. No team in the NFL has a bigger, more partisan, more loudmouthed and obnoxious fan base than New England. SFO doesn’t even come close.

  68. Why. Does everything have to be a zero sum game?
    Why can’t one support Obama for the things they like from his agenda and then support trump for some things they like on his agenda
    Why does supporting one mean endorsing every thing that person has on his agenda

  69. If he’s a Trump supporter, then he should be drafted by the Patriots since they have a lot of them on that team – Kraft, Belichick, Brady.

  70. No worries young man. John Lynch and Jed York got rid of both Kaepernick and Eric Reid, so you’re in good company if you go to Santa Clara. The 49ers don’t play in San Francisco.

  71. Sad day when people feel they can’t say what they think. I prefer people to tweet what they think.
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    Did you feel the same about Kaepernick? Some how I doubt it given the rest of your comment supporting Bosa’s trumpism.

  72. Liberalsruineverything says:
    April 10, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    stoptrippn says:
    April 10, 2019 at 2:20 pm
    He must know trump is not a popular person because of his views on nfl players and Charlotteville right?
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    A new Rasmussen poll has President Trumps approval rating among likely voters at 53%. Try again.

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    You’re aware that Rasmussen is right-leaning, correct?

    Averaged out he’s running roughly 42% approval vs 52% disapproval.

  73. hbk314 says:
    April 16, 2019 at 10:50 am
    Liberalsruineverything says:
    April 10, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    stoptrippn says:
    April 10, 2019 at 2:20 pm
    He must know trump is not a popular person because of his views on nfl players and Charlotteville right?
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    A new Rasmussen poll has President Trumps approval rating among likely voters at 53%. Try again.

    _________________________________________________________________________

    You’re aware that Rasmussen is right-leaning, correct?

    Averaged out he’s running roughly 42% approval vs 52% disapproval.
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    Just because Rasmussen samples aren’t taken in mostly Dem districts and is trusted by conservatives doesn’t make it “right-leaning”. It just makes it more accurate. Ask Hillary.

  74. The grandson of Italian immigrants has already showed his hand. SF fans aren’t stupid. Does he know 70 percent of the NFL is black?

  75. Eh, just like in any football game the fans on one side of the field hope your leg gets broke and on the other side they hope you break someone else’s leg! Just the nature of the beast. Too bad the previous president so divided the country.

  76. Apparently no one here realizes the most invasive surveillance ever in history was used on Trump, illegally (you literally have to be a terrorist normally to receive this kind of attention) by Obammy for political reasons to win an election for the hag. He came through even after being examined under a microscope for 3 years and probably since 2011. Even with the propagandist media promising you lies that they had sources who said he was guilty as heck. So if an intelligent man speaks highly of him, you may want to back off. No one in history has had to deal with this and came out clean before Trump. The worm is turning and all those ingrates who hate the flag and the country in the NFL are about to eat crow. FYI Snoop was at his roast. Now he says Trump is a racist? Stupid is as stupid does

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