CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Two days after he was drafted No. 2 overall by the San Francisco 49ers, former Ohio State All-American DE Nick Bosa was singled out by President Donald Trump with a congratulatory tweet.
The presidential shout out comes as Bosa continues to walk back some of his own Twitter comments. That includes past criticism of former Niners’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who he called a “clown” in August 2016.
In telling Bosa to “stay true to yourself,” Trump seems to be cautioning him against his newly contrite tone in addressing his inflammatory past on social media. A stance that would make sense, given the president’s notoriously aggressive style on Twitter.
In a pre-draft interview with ESPN, Bosa told Keith Van Valkenburg that he intentionally scrubbed his account and toned down his rhetoric. “I had to,” Bosa said, “There is a chance I might end up in San Francisco.”
And end up in San Francisco he did.
At his introductory press conference Friday, Bosa addressed his past comments did something completely un-Trumpian—he apologized.
“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. But I think me being here is even better for me as a person, because I don’t think there’s anywhere, any city, that would help you grow as much as this one will.”
Now it’s up to his teammates and the 49er faithful to decide what to make of Bosa’s back-peddling. His new teammates will get the opportunity soon, as rookie minicamp is slated to being next Friday.
“I think once I 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 will be enough.”
He also made it clear that his newfound restraint on social media won’t change just because he’s been drafted.
“I’ve learned a lot the past couple of months,” Bosa said. “I’m definitely going to think a lot more before I send something out.”