San Francisco or elsewhere, will Nick Bosa have a locker-room problem?

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Top-five draft prospect Nick Bosa said he has stopped tweeting political statements in support of the sitting President due to concerns that he’ll “end up in San Francisco.” But could the truth be that he’s far more concerned about whichever locker room he lands in, whether it be the 49ers or any other team?

It’s one thing to have digital footprints that support an intensely polarizing political figure. It’s quite another to have a history of comments and related activities that create questions regarding a potential racial bias.

Whether he has one or doesn’t isn’t the issue. The issue is whether reasonable minds may differ on whether he does — and whether that in turn will make it harder for him to be accepted by an NFL roster.

A Saturday tweet from Jemele Hill, who retweeted a link to an item from Robert Littal’s, pulled this much closer analysis of Bosa’s decision to abandon political tweets into mainstream view.

Nick Bosa is weak,” Hill wrote. “If you truly believe in what you stand for, you have no problem defending it. Bosa wasn’t just worried about how a city would receive him, he was worried about having to explain himself in the lockeroom. He wasn’t ready for that smoke.”

Again, this isn’t about whether Nick Bosa actually has any sort of racial bias. It’s about whether his strategy is less about avoiding problems in San Francisco and more about avoiding problems with future teammates.

Bills quarterback Josh Allen was able to overcome potential locker-room issues after being drafted by the Bills in 2018, based on much older tweets that could be more easily attributed to the younger-and-dumber version of himself. On the other end of the spectrum, former Eagles receiver Riley Cooper, who with the help of Mike Vick (they shared an agent at the time) overcame an ugly incident at a Kenny Chesney concert in Philly, never found footing elsewhere after being released by the Eagles at only 28 years of age. (More than a year later, Cooper got a look-see in Tampa, but wasn’t offered a contract.)

In the aftermath of Bosa’s declaration that he has stopped tweeting in support of the President due to concerns that he’ll be drafted by the 49ers, it was fair to wonder why he or any other pro athlete should have to keep that aspect of their lives secret. The issues raised by Hill and Littal make Bosa’s decision less confusing, if he indeed was thinking about how those comments could impact his not-too-distant NFL future, wherever it may play out.

19 responses to “San Francisco or elsewhere, will Nick Bosa have a locker-room problem?

  1. Aaron Rodgers suffers more.

    Bosa will be fine… ESPECIALLY… if he plays like (pre-injury) brother Joey Bosa.

  2. In today’s world, any person with conservative viewpoints had better keep their head down or, they will be relentlessly attacked.

  3. He’s going to have problems in life, period, if he can’t voice his opinion without worrying if it will be socially acceptable.

  4. Hill is just trying (not very well) to stir things up. “Let’s you and him fight” is what it amounts to. Great journalism there but par for the course with modern sports writers.

  5. Yes, ” tolerance” and ” acceptance ” are very important to the left. Unless someone is able to do math,knows history, or economics and realizes the ideas of left won’t work.
    Rather then even trying to make a rational argument, you will be labeled a deplorable, racist, etc.

  6. We all have new jobs where you have to fit in. If you don’t you better be better than the best or they will get rid of you. It’s nice to see someone who sees there could be a problem and try to fix it.

  7. Roughly half the people in the country are Trump supporters if the polls are to be believed. It’s not like Bosa is promoting a flat earth theory. Lighten up Lefties.

  8. Some employers let you know to be aware of your social media activities. They don’t stifle your free speech, but they do let you know that if what you’re putting out there causes issues with co-workers or the organization–especially the organization, there may be consequences. No “debates” on religion or politics allowed on the floor because those topics lead to dysfunction at work. People these days identify themselves as conservatives or liberals and apparently it encompasses their entire being. He shouldn’t keep his leanings secret, just know that what you say may be brought up later. Besides, this dude comes from a line of gangsters, he might rub you out.

  9. I’m beginning to think the 49ers should go with Quinnen Williams. I started thinking that way after learning more about Bosa’s injury, which can lead be career threatening. Now, with the Twitter issue, it might just be safer to go with a guy who play all along the defensive line, especially now that the 49ers have Ford.

  10. I’m a niner fan and even before i found doubt his political preerence i still didnt want him here. Now I really don’t want him here. The guys played 11 games in 3 years during his college career. PASS!

  11. You dont think a lot of these athletes signing massive contracts are conservative but pretend to be progressive when it comes to how they want the media to portray them

  12. Fact of the matter is Trump is a racist and I question the motives of anyone who vocally supports him. He wants to be divisive and has never attempted to be the President of this whole country. He hates people of color, Muslims and anyone who didn’t vote for him. I question why anyone who plays with as many people of color as a football player does could possibly support him.

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