Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm issued a public apology for his comments that surfaced on Twitter on Thursday when it came to the purchasing of guns and how to, “just make them very expensive so only elite white people can get them.”
You can read Fromm’s full statement below, as well as the original text thread that was posted to Twitter just after midnight on Thursday.
— JakefromStateFromm (@FrommJake) June 4, 2020
— AP (@ashleymp20) June 4, 2020
“I am extremely sorry that I chose to use the words ‘elite white people’ in a text conversation,” the statement read. “Although I never meant to imply that I am an ‘elite white person,’ as stated later in the conversation, there’s no excuse for that word choice and sentiment. While it was poor, my heart is not.
“Now more than ever, is the time for support and togetherness and I stand against racism 100%. I promise to commit myself to being a part of the solution in this country. I addressed my teammates and coaches in a team meeting today and I hope they see this incident is not representative of the person I am. Again, I’m truly sorry for my words and actions and humbly ask for forgiveness.”
Fromm was the starting quarterback for the Georgia Bulldogs for the past three seasons before being taken by the Buffalo Bills in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
The Buffalo Bills issued a statement on Fromm, noting that he did speak to the time and apologized for the text messages.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 4, 2020
“Earlier today we became aware of comments made in a text message conversation involving Jake Fromm in 2019,” the Bills’ statement said. “He was wrong and 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, he he did. We will continue to work with Jake on the responsibilities of being a Buffalo Bill on and off the field.”
Fromm’s former teammate such as Monty Rice and Divaad Wilson followed up quickly with his own thoughts on Fromm’s apology.
Aye Jake this shit ain’t it! https://t.co/Pc7XJ9OlrV
— Monty Rice (@RiceMonty) June 4, 2020
Naw my boy, You should've just kept your thoughts to yourself 💯 https://t.co/Ub1LARN1Zo
— Divaad "Newt" Wilson #LLP #LLJ (@NikemanNewt) June 4, 2020
This is showing everybody’s TRUE side. Even from a guy like Drew Brees and Georgia very own Jake Fromm 🤦🏾♂️. I’ve lost all respect for both of these people #blm✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾
— Cinco🎒 (@TerryGodwin_4) June 4, 2020
That’s crazy 🤯 https://t.co/jL5qP33PD3
— Mecole Hardman Jr. (@MecoleHardman4) June 4, 2020
& they said I had the character issue coming out sheeeesh
— DB17 (@DavinBellamy17) June 4, 2020
Fromm was a 4-star recruit coming out of Warner Robins, Ga. in the 2017 class and was one of the first big recruits that Kirby Smart landed early on in his time at Georgia. Fromm started 14 games as a freshman after replacing an injured Jacob Eason in the season-opener. Georgia went on to win the SEC in Fromm’s freshman season and play in the national championship game, losing to Alabama.
As a sophomore, Fromm once again started every game but split reps over the course of the season with Justin Fields. Fields, a 5-star quarterback as a prospect, went on to transfer to Ohio State following that season, one in which a Georgia baseball player was dismissed from the team following racist remarks made at a Georgia football game with regards to Fields.
Fromm once again started every game this past season at Georgia, guiding the Bulldogs to another SEC East championship. However, the offense struggled mightily and Fromm had his worst season in a Georgia uniform. He declared for the draft in January. The Bulldogs brought have brought in two transfer quarterbacks in Jamie Newman and JT Daniels since Fromm declared for the draft.
Fromm was a captain of the 2019 Georgia football team.
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