On Thursday, text messages came to light from Buffalo Bills’ rookie Jake Fromm. The conversation took place back in 2019 which involved Fromm talking to a friend about purchasing guns, in which Fromm said, “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.”
Fromm issued an apology Thursday afternoon on Twitter. “I am extremely sorry that I chose to use the words ‘elite white person’ in a text message conversation,” he said. “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.”
The Bills issued a statement of their own, in which they said that they were aware of the situation and are working with Fromm to get through this. “Earlier today, we became aware of comments made in a text message conversation involving Jake Fromm in 2019,” the team said. “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.”
These text messages come on the heels of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees saying that he would “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America.” This comment saw a lot of backlash which led to Brees issuing multiple apologies.