Kyler Murray is a Heisman Trophy winner and former quarterback of the University of Oklahoma. He was the first player chosen in Thursday’s NFL draft.
On Saturday Donald Trump turned to Twitter to congratulate the number two overall pick instead of Murray.
Murray was picked by the Arizona Cardinals and landed himself a $34 million contract. Murray is also a star baseball player and was chosen 9th overall in the 2018 MLB draft. That is a lot to celebrate and be proud of, but Donald Trump looked over the star black athlete and tweeted congratulations to Nick Bosa, who was chosen second in the draft by the San Francisco 49ers.
Bosa, who is white, is known for his racist comments and tweets. Bosa did not just share racially charged posts occasionally it is something he has been doing for more than 6 years. He targeted high profile blacks, including Beyonce, Jay Z, Draymond Green, and Colin Kaepernick. He’s also been criticized for liking Instagram posts containing racist and homophobic slurs.
“Congratulations to Nick Bosa on being picked number two in the NFL Draft,” Trump tweeted. “You will be a great player for years to come, maybe one of the best. Big Talent! San Francisco will embrace you but most importantly, always stay true to yourself. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
Bosa has painted a clear picture of himself on social media as an unapologetic conservative who stands firmly behind Donald Trump. Bosa has tweeted that Ronald Reagan and Trump were “The GOATS.”
After being drafted, Bosa apologized for his social media posts, stating that, “I’m sorry if I hurt anybody. I definitely didn’t intend for that to be the case. I think me being here (San Francisco) is even better for me as a person because I don’t think there’s anywhere, any city, that you could really be in that would help you grow as much as this one will.”
Bosa targeted Colin Kaepernick, who in one post he referred to as a “clown.” Bosa may be a great defensive end, but he comes with a long history of social media controversy. His Kaepernick “Clown” post was made on August 31, 2016, just as Kaepernick’s protests during the national anthem had begun.
During his draft press conference Bosa said, “It’s not like I’m saying his stance and what he was doing, that’s not what I was talking about at all. It was a specific thing that happened, and me as a young kid, a thought popping into my head, and boom, I decided to tweet it out. Bad decision.
“I mean, I respect what he’s done. If it empowers anybody, then he’s doing good things. So, yeah, I apologize for that,” Bosa added.
Many Twitter users and football fans called out Donald Trump for praising Bosa over Murray.
Responses ranged from puzzlement at Trump’s apparent assignment of greater importance to the second overall pick than the first, to an accusation that Trump’s tweet itself was racist.
“You do realize that another player went #1 overall in the draft, right ahead of Bosa, right?” tweeted user Ed Krassenstein.
A user known as @rocodeedee tweeted at Trump, “FYI: The first pick in the NFL draft, Kyler Murray, is the only player drafted in the first round of two major sports (MLB). I think that deserves a congratulatory message, but we all know why he won’t get it from you!”
Many users made it clear that they believed Trump’s tweet was an indication of racism. User @ALiberalCatLady tweeted, “Congratulating the first white draft pick, and nothing to say about the first pick overall.”
Bosa, whose brother, Joey, is a star defensive end for the Los Angeles Chargers, insists that he doesn’t need to explain anything about his past behavior to his new teammates. Those new teammates, however, include African-American players who may try to connect the dots to see if there is an issue with someone who attacked Kaepernick, Beyonce, Jay Z, and the “Black Panther” movie, while at the same time liking posts that included the N-word, as well as homophobic slurs.
Bosa’s controversial tweets, going back more than 6 years, were scrubbed by his agent just before the NFL draft. He has a clean slate for now, but only time will tell if it stays that way.