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The Bay Area Reacts to Controversial 49ers Draft Pick Nick Bosa

The newly-drafted 49er has liked racist and homophobic Instagram posts and deleted tweets calling Kaepernick a clown and Beyonce's music trash

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    Bay Area Reacts to Controversial 49ers Draft Pick Nick Bosa

    The San Francisco 49ers got the second overall draft pick and fans who are focused on the action on the field are thrilled. However, others wonder if Nick Bosa is a fit for the team – and the Bay Area – because of some of his political and social positions. Kris Sanchez reports.

    (Published Friday, April 26, 2019)

    The San Francisco 49ers got the second overall draft pick and fans who are focused on the action on the field are thrilled. However, others wonder if Nick Bosa is a fit for the team – and the Bay Area – because of some of his political and social positions.

    Bosa's Twitter feed looks pretty clean now, it's all about football and the ramp-up to the draft. He deleted some of the tweets that people may consider racist and homophobic and told ESPN he did so because he might end up in San Francisco.

    The newly-drafted 49er has tweeted his admiration for President Donald Trump and has also called Colin Kaepernick "a clown."

    "I love the Bay Area and I'm excited to play there," Bosa said after being drafted. "I was a little insensitive in some of the things I said. I've learned a lot in the past few months. I'm just ready to move forward from that, put it in the past, and bring the faithful some wins."

    Some folks wonder how he’ll work with the 49ers players who supported Kapernick’s on-field protest against social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem.

    Others say it's just time to play some football.

    General Manager John Lynch said the 49ers spoke with several of Bosa's teammates and coaches and had been made aware of the issues on social media.

    "As we do with all of our prospects, we do background checks and look at their social media," Lynch said. "We choose to think more about what we've heard from people as to who the person really is. We're going to give him a fresh start and we hope that everybody will."

    The buzz around Bosa eventually caught the attention of the president himself. On Saturday, President Donald Trump tweeted his support of the number two draft pick.

    "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!," Trump wrote.

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