Jake Fromm, a rookie quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, apologized Thursday after screenshots of a text conversation were released saying that only “elite white people” should be able to buy weapons.
The conversation, which occurred in 2019 and was published on Twitter on Thursday morning, was between Fromm and a friend, who were discussing weapons.
“No weapon is good,” Fromm wrote. “They need to let me get suppressors. Let them make them too expensive so only elite white people can get them Haha. ”
Later in the conversation, Fromm said he was not an “elite white person.”
“I am extremely sorry that I chose the words ‘elite white person’ in a text message conversation,” Fromm said in a tweet posted Thursday afternoon. “Although I never meant to say implicitly that I am an ‘elite white person,’ as I said later in that conversation. There is no excuse for the choice of words I made and the feeling.
“I am 100% against racism. I promise to commit to being part of the solution in this country, “he added.
— JakefromStateFromm (@FrommJake) June 4, 2020
The Bills reported that they were already aware of Fromm’s published conversation and that the quarterback, whom they recruited in the fifth round of the last draft, had agreed to have participated in it.
“We do not condone what he said. Jake was honest and talked to us about exchanging texts, “the Bills said in a statement. “He asked for an opportunity to take care of the matter and apologize to his peers and coaches and he did. We will continue to work with Jake on the responsibilities of being a Buffalo Bill on and off the field. ”
Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said he expected team leaders to contact Fromm and work with him.
Jake seemed very sincere in his apology. We have a very strong culture in our team. Players are going to be able to tell what is real and what is not, ”said Frazier.
Some NFL players reacted to what Fromm said and what was said Wednesday by the New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, with skepticism, including Jamal Adams, New York Jets safety, and Fromm’s former teammate in Georgia Terry Goodwin, now with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and who said he lost “respect for Fromm.”
“You and Drew really don’t regret it. Save your put ** apologies. The truth was exposed and you two are not the only ones! ”Goodwin said on social media.
Brees drew criticism when he reiterated his position that “he will never agree with anyone who disrespects the flag of the United States” in an interview with Yahoo Finance.
Brees said the above after expressing his support for those who “fight for racial justice and equity.” It was his first statement since George Floyd’s death in police custody last week in Minneapolis.
On Thursday, the Saints quarterback apologized saying that “I completely failed on the issue” for the current problems happening in the United States and that it “broke his heart to know the pain I caused.”