Pro football player Ty Nsekhe was already having a rough summer before he put his cleats in his mouth via Twitter.
Cut from the Rams practice squad in late August, Nsekhe apparently used his newfound free time to jump into a Twitter exchange Monday that culminated in the offensive tackle spouting some seriously offensive sentiments about the military.
"It doesn't take much skill to kill someone," he wrote in response to a user who questioned why football players make more money than military service members.
Nsekhe deleted the tweet soon after, but other Twitter users screen-grabbed and re-tweeted it, stoking the Internet's white-hot flame of indignation.
To his credit, Nsekhe did publish two semi-apologetic tweets, but it was hardly an out-and-out retraction of his previous boneheaded statement. Thus, he made the Internet more angry.
Your comments WERE EXACTLY WHAT THEY WERE! Your attempt to explain and obfuscate are even more suspect. Just APOLOGIZE. @TY_Nsekhe— Chris Loesch (@ChrisLoesch) September 24, 2013
Apparently sensing the anger caused by Nsekhe's remarks, the Rams organization sent out a lengthy press release today that, had it been physically mailed, would probably have arrived wrapped in an American flag after being air dropped from the claws of a bald eagle. An excerpt:
While it is typically not our policy to comment on players who are no longer with our team, in this instance we thought it was important due to the reprehensible comments toward our military. The opinions Nsekhe shared via social media are his own and are completely contradictory to the values of our organization and the priority we place on military and veteran appreciation.
The St. Louis Rams are grateful for the sacrifices our military and their families make in order to defend our freedom and protect our great nation. The Rams have a longstanding commitment to our military and veterans and that commitment has only been strengthened under Head Coach Jeff Fisher, a passionate supporter of the military and everything that they represent. We find it deplorable that anyone would express any feelings other than extreme gratitude for the service that our country's military provides.
During training camp each of the past two seasons, the Rams have taken the entire team to Scott Air Force Base to practice against airmen and airwomen and personally thank them for their selfless dedication to our country.
During each home game, the Rams partner with the Wounded Warrior Project to honor a Warrior on the field and allow our fans to join us in paying tribute to them by publicly thanking them for their service.
Each season, the Rams host Military Appreciation Day at the Edward Jones Dome. Through an ongoing partnership with the USO and Boeing, local military personnel are given free admission to the Edward Jones Dome and several servicemen and women are recognized throughout the game. This year's Military Appreciation Day is Sunday, November 3 against the Tennessee Titans.
Additionally, around Veterans Day each year, the team hosts a private practice for active military members and veterans. After practice, the players and coaches meet with them to thank them for their commitment.
See? The Rams totally love the troops. But did they really need to go this far to distance themselves from a player cut from their practice squad? What do you think?