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Now, many on Twitter are taking Bosa behind the woodshed, by taking his video and converting it into an opportunity to begin Black History Month on his conservative-leaning tears.
In a vacuum, the emotion is understandable and duly valid. Super Bowl berths aren’t at all guaranteed, and players dream of playing in Super Bowls since as far as they can remember. Bosa, an Ohio State product, comes from a lineage of excellent football talent—which includes his older brother, San Diego Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa.
However, the younger Bosa has shown leanings toward President Donald Trump, since the latter’s unprecedented rise, which has earned the NFL’s defensive rookie of the year scorn and side-eyes. The Atlantic staff writer and for ESPN pundit Jamele Hill has long (and openly) wondered why Bosa hadn’t been taken to task for his previous comments.
Bosa was similarly attacked this weekend for following an Instagram account that made jokes about the death of Kobe Bryant.
Nick Bosa continues to show exactly who he is. I asked the question before, if there is nothing wrong with who he’s following and what he’s liking on social media, then why is he so secretive? https://t.co/DbdZ82ZTix— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) February 1, 2020
Of course, adding to the spice, he plays a sport played mainly by Black and brown men—one of them being Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
In now deleted tweets, Nick Bosa himself tweeted out his own Trump praise.— Resist Programming 🛰 (@RzstProgramming) March 5, 2019
“Love this man”
“👍” next to cardboard cut out of Donald Trump pic.twitter.com/VVLE9bX27V
The loss culminated in an outpouring of Bosa memes on Twitter Sunday and Monday—many of them featuring Mahomes and Dr. Martin Luther King.
Black Twitter watching nick bosa lose during black history month pic.twitter.com/UcQ3R4RH7q— john (@iam_johnw) February 3, 2020
Patrick Mahomes cancelled Nick Bosa’s trip to the White House on the second day of black history month. pic.twitter.com/MOUj4g4O3R— SteveyJ (@ImSteveyJ) February 3, 2020
Some are appreciative of the timing:
Patrick Mahomes winning the Super Bowl during Black History Month AND denying Nick Bosa the chance to meet his idol trump is the best sleep elixir I will enjoy. EVER.— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) February 3, 2020
Many were a bit meta:
Me tonight knowing Nick Bosa lost to Patrick Mahomes during Black History Month pic.twitter.com/wERn7Iu0ik— Kayla (@champagnekayyy) February 3, 2020
Bosa and the 49ers should be just fine headed into next season. But maybe he’ll reconsider his social media activity after his detractors had such a field day on Super Bowl Sunday.
Kahron Spearman is a music and film critic whose work can also regularly be regularly found in the Austin Chronicle.