Jake Fromm, a former star quarterback for the University of Georgia who was recently drafted to the Buffalo Bills, apologized on Thursday after past text messages of his emerged online, showing him saying that guns should be expensive so only “elite white people” can buy them.
According to NBC Sports, in the newly emerged messages, Fromm said that guns were “good" and added, “Just make them very expensive so only elite white people can get them haha.” The messages were reportedly sent when Fromm still played for Georgia in March of last year.
Fromm tweeted on Thursday afternoon that he is “extremely sorry” for his choice of words in the text message conversation.
“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,” Fromm said.
“Now, more than ever, is the time for support and togetherness and I stand against racism 100%,” he continued. “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 added.
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.