Donald Trump has congratulated the 49ers draft pick Nick Bosa while urging him to ‘always stay true to yourself’ after the rising star apologized for calling former NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick a “clown.”

The 21-year-old Ohio State pass rusher was the 49ers’ top pick during the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday.

Bosa has shown support for Trump in the past (saying he loves him) and has a history of tweeting negative statements about black pop culture icons.

Kaepernick, then the 49ers Quarterback, took a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice.

He has since been let go by the 49ers organization.

 

 

Today Bosa, who often liked social media posts referring to Kaepernick as “Crappernick,” apologized to the former NFL player.

“It was a specific thing that happened and me as a young kid, with a thought popping into my head and, boom, just decided to tweet it out,” said Bosa. “Bad decision. I respect what he’s done. If it empowers anybody, then he’s doing a good thing. I apologize for that.”

He added: “I definitely made some insensitive decisions throughout my life, and I’m just excited to be here with a clean slate.

‘Sorry if I hurt anybody. I definitely didn’t intend for that to be the case.”

The picture that Bosa paints of himself on social media is that of an unapologetic conservative who stands firmly behind Trump.

He has regularly liked tweets filled with homophobia, and white nationalist leanings.

And some of his most critical posts have been directed at high-profile African Americans, including Beyonce, Jay-Z, Dwayne Wade, Kaepernick, and the movie Black Panther:

 

 

 

 


 


 

Trump tweeted this morning his support of Bosa:
 


 

The #1 pick was Kyler Murray, who Trump did not tweet congratulations.

Murray is African American.

Many 49ers fans reacted with fury this weekend over the team’s decision to draft Bosa, and called out Trump for not mentioning Murray:

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