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Jimmy Garoppolo downplays Nick Bosa’s social media controversy

Jimmy Garoppolo became the latest member of the San Francisco 49ers to downplay the relevance of Nick Bosa’s social media controversy, calling it a nonissue for the No. 2 pick in the draft when it comes to the team.

“Not in the locker room. Those type of things aren’t even discussed,” Garoppolo said in a recent interview with Fox Business Network’s Stuart Varney, via the Mercury News. “Once you get into the facility, it’s all about football, it’s all about being a good teammate and putting the team first.”

Richard Sherman similarly took issue with the notion that the fallout from the social media scandal would have a negative impact on Bosa’s career. Having two established team leaders come to his defense so readily certainly is a positive for the 21-year-old rookie defensive end.

That said, Bosa is set to embark upon his NFL career plagued by the negative response to social media activity that has been criticized as politically and socially polarizing.

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

In the wake of removing the 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.”

It sounds like the 49ers are making Bosa’s aspiration for a clean slate a realizable goal.

“Nick seems like a good guy. I got the chance to meet him for a quick second when he first got drafted,” Garoppolo said.”We’ll bring him along right.”