It has not been a good year for celebrities. After some of them tried to gain sympathy by realigning themselves with ‘normal folks’ and sang ‘Imagine’ from their modern day villas, other got caught sending ‘questionable messages’ which, in this day and age, are not allowed anymore.
In the case of Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Jake Fromm, it was a discussion about guns from 2019 in which he (probably jokingly) claimed that only “elite white people” should be able to purchase guns.
Given the current mood in the US and around the world with regards to the Black Lives Matter protests, these are of course not the best text messages to be made public at this time.
The NFL star apologized Thursday after screenshots emerged of said text conversation.
The messages at the time, which you will find in the twitter thread hereunder, involved Fromm and a friend discussing guns.
Fromm: “But no guns are good. They need to let me get suppressors. Just make them very expensive so only elite white people can get them haha.”
In a statement posted to Twitter the NFL star apologized and said “I am extremely sorry that I chose to use the words ‘elite white person’ in a text message conversation. Although I never meant to imply that I am an ‘elite white person,’ as later stated in the conversation, there’s no excuse for that word choice and sentiment. I stand against racism 100%. I promise to commit myself to being part of the solution in this country.”
His employer, the Buffalo Bills released a statement in turn, stating: “Earlier today, we became aware of comments made in a text message conversation involving Jake Fromm in 2019. He was wrong and he admitted it to us. We don’t condone what he said. Jake was honest and forthcoming to us about the text exchange. He asked for an opportunity to address and apologize to his teammates and coaches today in a team meeting, which he did. We will continue to work with Jake on the responsibilities of being a Buffalo Bill on and off the field.”
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees reacted to the Fromm statement with skepticism. Others uncluding New York Jets safety Jamal Adams and Fromm’s former Georgia teammate, Terry Godwin, claimed that they had now “lost all respect” for Fromm.