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San Francisco 49ers president Al Guido said the team asked defensive end Nick Bosa about his political tweets before taking him second overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, but Bosa’s views on Donald Trump, Colin Kaepernick and other topics had no impact on the team’s view of him.
During an appearance on Bloomberg’s “Business of Sports” podcast, Guido was asked if the 49ers were ever worried about bringing Bosa, a supporter of President Trump and critic of Colin Kaepernick to the liberal Bay Area.
“Not at all,” Guido said. “It doesn’t mean we didn’t do background on the kid, doesn’t mean we didn’t bring it up and ask him the question, but look — if we’re going to get in a world where we’re not drafting Republicans or not drafting Democrats… The way that I think about it is, ‘he’s a young kid, he had a perspective.’ That perspective is fine, some of other stuff he did I think was a little insensitive and needs to learn from.”
Guido added that general manager John Lynch felt the same way.
“Honestly, I spent no time worrying about it, I know John Lynch spent no time worrying about it, we worry about the kid himself, not necessarily his political leanings,” he said.
He also said that fan reaction to the selection was “really positive,” despite a certain pocket of the 49ers fandom lashing out on draft night.
“Everything has been really positive. I think Nick did a nice job talking about some of the mistakes he made,” Guido said. “I think fans generally understand these are still kids… I was joking with my wife, like, if you gave me a social media account when I was 17 years old — look, he made mistakes. He made insensitive comments that he’s now obviously apologized for and he has a lot to learn.”
Like many 49ers fans, Guido is very excited about pairing Bosa with the newly-acquired Dee Ford on the defensive line.
“Our fans couldn’t be happier now that we’ve paired Nick Bosa with Dee Ford in the pass rush — I know I’m pumped about it,” he said. “The NFL is a pretty simple league, although it’s hard, you need guys who can throw the ball and you need guys who can knock those guys down. I think we’ve got both of them, our other guy who’s throwing the ball tore his ACL in Week 3 last year so we’re hoping to get him back healthy.”
Guido is obviously referring to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who is expected to be ready for the team’s on-the-field activities later this spring.
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