Jake Fromm, a former star quarterback for the University of Georgia who was recently drafted to the Buffalo Bills, apologized Thursday after screenshots emerged of a text conversation in which he said only “elite white people” should be able to purchase guns.
The conversation, which took place in 2019 and was posted to Twitter early Thursday morning, involved Fromm and a friend discussing guns, reports ESPN.
Fromm wrote, “But no guns are good. They need to let me get suppressors,” before adding, “Just make them very expensive so only elite white people can get them haha.”
Fromm went on to say he was not an “elite white person” later in the conversation.
“I am extremely sorry that I chose to use the words ‘elite white person’ in a text message conversation,” Fromm said in a statement posted to Twitter on Thursday afternoon. “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.”
— JakefromStateFromm (@FrommJake) June 4, 2020
“Earlier today, we became aware of comments made in a text message conversation involving Jake Fromm in 2019,” the Bills said in a statement. “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.”
The news comes as protests against police brutality and racism have continued across the country over the past week following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died on May 25 after a white police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes during an arrest in Minneapolis.
Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said he expected team leaders to reach out to Fromm and work with him.
“Jake seemed very sincere in his apology,” Frazier said. “We have a very strong culture on our team. Those guys are going to be able to sift through what is real and what isn’t real.”
Fromm’s former Georgia teammate, Terry Godwin, now with the Jacksonville Jaguars, said he has “lost all respect” for Fromm.
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
New York Jets safety Jamal Adams tweeted, “You and Drew aren’t really sorry. Save the bulls— ass apologies. The truth just came out, and you two aren’t the only ones!”