Nick Bosa had been hoping he could rehab his image from someone who was a Donald Trump and MAGA supporter. He especially wanted to do so after he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers.

After the former Ohio State defensive lineman was chosen by the Niners, second overall in this year's NFL Draft, President Donald Trump gave him a special shoutout. "Congratulations to Nick Bosa on being picked number two in the NFL Draft. You will be a great player for years to come, maybe one of the best. Big Talent! San Francisco will embrace you but most importantly, always stay true to yourself.


Unwelcome shoutout for Nick Bosa

While most people would be thrilled that the President of the United States had noticed them enough to tweet out a very special greeting, Donald Trump giving you a shoutout has some perils attached to it. This is especially true when you are someone like Bosa, who has a history of social media habits that are not exactly beloved by everyone in the country.

The newest San Francisco 49er is an unabashed Trump fan and that's not a good thing considering he's about to go start playing the heart of liberal America. That's especially true when you consider that both Trump and Nick Bosa have taken shots at Colin Kaepernick in the past. While Trump has been proud about the way he's attacked the former NFL quarterback, Bosa hasn't been as proud of his comments.

Rehabbing image just got harder

Whether talking about Nick Bosa's Instagram page, or his Twitter feed, there was a time when it wasn't all that hard to find what he thought about the day's most pressing issues. That includes Kaepernick who he once called a "clown." Knowing that, it's not hard to understand why Donald Trump might have thought he had an ally in the elite pass rusher.

It stands to reason that Nick learned from his brother and NFL star Joey Bosa about what it's going to take to make it in the NFL. It's not just about what you do on the field. It's also about the fans see you as a player.

The younger Bosa has decided he wants to try and rehab his image a bit.

He's scrubbed his social media accounts and said that he now respects what Kaepernick was trying to do when kneeling during the national anthem.

A skeptic might wonder if he would have done either of those things if he wasn't looking to go high in the NFL draft. Teams in the league still value talent over almost anything else. In the age of #MeToo, a Nick Bosa Twitter account that is full of posts supporting Trump is something that can be a thorn in a team's side.

Had he been drafted somewhere like Detroit, it's possible his social media postings wouldn't have been all that bad. In San Francisco, the posts are quite a bit worse. Now Donald Trump has underlined those posts once again with one Tweet.