Pro football player Attauyo ‘Ty’ Nsekhe started quite the firestorm on Twitter on Monday afternoon after he elevated himself above U.S. military members for having “skills.”
“It doesn’t take much skill to kill someone,” Nsekhe, a free agent offensive tackle last signed to the St. Louis Rams’ practice squad, said in response to a tweet by Morgan Reed that read, “Hard to believe that a player in a helmet defendin’ a football makes more money than a soldier in a helmet defendin’ his country.”
Not surprisingly, Nsekhe’s tweet didn’t go over well.
“The reason you have the freedom & capitalist system that allows you to make $ is directly because of their skill & sacrifice!” musician Chris Loesch wrote, later demanding an apology.
“The epitome of ignorance,” actor Daniel Bostic wrote.
“[Y]ou must be in the military huh,” the football player replied.
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Update: The St. Louis Rams released a statement on Tuesday, denouncing Nsekhe’s comments.
“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 statement read.
“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,” it continued. “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.”
Mr. Nsekhe later tweeted an apology, saying he recognizes “the sacrifices these members make so that all American’s can enjoy the freedoms our soldiers have afforded us. In no way were my comments meant to demean the members of our armed forces.”