Nick Bosa’s lack of conviction is far more bothersome than his political leanings.
The defensive end could still end up as the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft Thursday night. More likely, though, the Arizona Cardinals will take Kyler Murray and Bosa will go to the San Francisco 49ers.
Which is where the politics come in.
Bosa is unabashedly conservative in his views. He has praised President Donald Trump, and retweeted posts celebrating the administration’s achievements. He has criticized Colin Kaepernick, calling him a “clown.”
But Bosa has deleted most of those posts and toned down his opinions in recent weeks, to the point where he almost seems to not think or care about anything besides sports, his family and his favorite band.
“I had to,” Bosa told ESPN.com in a story published this month. “There is a chance I might end up in San Francisco."
And therein lies the problem.
Let’s set aside the sheer pointlessness of his efforts, given that anything said or done on the Internet never goes away. Bosa is probably correct in thinking his right-wing views wouldn’t go over well in San Francisco, one of the most liberal areas in the country. He is probably also right in fearing that some 49ers fans wouldn’t embrace him because of it.