Former Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa was once opened on Twitter. Now he is less.
Bosa, who has praised President Trump and called Clin Kaepernick a "clown" in tweets that he later eliminated, told Kevin Van Valkenburg of ESPN.com that he decided that giving up his political tweeting was only practical because he could be selected by the 49ers. which represent one of the most liberal cities in America.
"I had to do it," Bosa said. "There is a possibility that I may end up in San Francisco."
Bosa, of course, did not "have to" do anything. To see an example of a player who chose to prioritize his freedom of expression over his NFL career, he only needs to look at Kaepernick, the so-called "clown" who is no longer in the NFL because he knelt during the national anthem. And Bosa certainly would not have suffered the same fate as Kaepernick, he would be recruited no matter how much he tweeted about politics, although some teams might be tired of a player who would be polarized with the fan base.
By not wanting to risk a violent reaction, Bosa is now saving his political opinions for himself.