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Richard Sherman weighs in on Nick Bosa’s polarizing tweets

Nick Bosa, the second-overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, embarks upon his professional football career plagued by the negative response to social media activity that has been criticized as politically and socially polarizing.

Richard Sherman, one of Bosa’s new San Francisco 49ers teammates, is among the most outspoken players in the NFL, so he understands how controversial comments can lead to a lot of attention.

The way Sherman sees it, Bosa’s attention-grabbing social media history will be a thing of the past so long as the rookie defensive end realizes his potential on the field.

“One thing about football is that nobody really cares what you say if you can play,” Sherman recently told The Sacramento 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.”

The firestorm surrounding Bosa’s social media activity was sparked by a a handful of tweets, one in which he referred to Colin Kaepernick as a “clown” for kneeling during the national anthem, along with his expressed support for Donald Trump.

Bosa has since scrubbed his social media history, saying ahead of the draft, “I’m going to keep my opinions to myself from now on.”

Sherman, meanwhile, stressed that Bosa can leave his social media history in the past simply by being a good football player and teammate.

“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.

“Now, if he’s a bad teammate, that’s something we’ll address.”

Along with removing controversial social media content, Bosa also apologized, saying he had made “some insensitive decisions throughout my life and I’m just excited to be here with a clean slate.”