Think of all the stupid things that flowed out of your ignorant mouth as an irritating teenager. Imagine, you would transfer these nonsensical views in the social media and be held accountable in adulthood.
Your apology tour would take longer than kicking off Joe Biden's campaign.
However, this was one of the main themes of the NFL Draft Weekend, where two top prospects had to apologize for their teenage social media activities. Nick Bosa, chosen by the # 49 in the standings, expressed his indignation at calling Colin Kaepernick a "clown" and Beyonce's music "Trash" an 18-year-old.
"I'm sorry if I hurt somebody," NFL Media said. "I definitely did not plan on that, and I think it's even better for me as a person to be here (San Francisco) than me do not think there is a city in any city where you could really be, that would help to grow as much as this, I will be surrounded with people of all kinds, so I will grow as a person, I will being alone, I'm going to learn a lot of new things, it's exciting. "
Perhaps Bosa, a passionate social media supporter of President Trump, has changed his mind, which would be satisfying, but it's not necessary It should be possible for Bosa to publicly disagree with Kaepernick's protest and play for his former team.
But the prevailing Takeaway from Bosa's mea culpas ̵
With social media pools like Facebook and Twitter dating back to the second decade of its existence, we are now at a point where the digital history of many young adults takes place until their adolescent days. This means that there are many tweets and "likes" to browse, and if something seems inappropriate, then it's time to jump.
This happened to the new Chiefs near Mecole Hardman, who was selected with the number 56 overall selection. The pass-catcher tweeted several homophobic abuses from 2012 to 2015, using the word "gay" as an insult.
He was 14 years old.
"That's a long time ago," Hardman told the Brooke Pryor of the Kansas City Star. "That's probably not mine at the time to tweet things like that. That's my fault. I am far from it. I'm not that today. "
I think there's nothing wrong with asking future NFL stars if they're still supporting burning comments from their past. At least it allows them to disavow evil such as homophobia and racism, which is a great message. The world would be a better place if brave children would not cultivate hate speech at the mid-table tables.
But it's a bit disturbing and frankly creepy to go through tweets of teenagers to pick up the dirt and get them into trouble later on. Instagram detectors broke Bosa's old "likes" and found that he liked several posts by an obvious friend in 2014 that contained offensive hashtags with racist slurs, homophobic taunts, and sexual allusions.
The hashtags are absolutely bad – a pu pu plate with dirt from the mouth of the 16-year-old punk, if you like. And yet they found their way to USA Today: "Nick Bosa liked Instagram posts with racist and homophobic insults," the headline says.
Teenagers say and do stupid things. Using this kind of idiocy on social media is permanent, but it does not make it any harder for Bosa or Hardman than a series of insults that you've probably thrown at your friends during the break.
In these cases, players deserve the benefit of the doubt. The waffling of schoolyard laughter of 14- and 16-year-olds is an unappetizing practice.
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