Former St. Louis Rams practice player T.Y. Nsekhe apologized to fans after facing intense backlash for a tweet he sent out a Tweet Monday night dismissing the talent of those in the U.S. military.
“In no way were my comments meant to demean the members of our US armed forces,” Nsekhe said. “I recognize the sacrifices these members make so that all American’s [sic] can enjoy the freedoms our soldiers [sic] skills have afforded us.”
Nsekhe sent the tweet out after a user named Morgan Reed tweeted, “Hard to believe that a player in a helmet defendin’ a football makes more money than a soldier in a helmet defendin’ his country.”
“It doesn’t take much skill to kill someone,” Nsekhe responded.
Users then reacted on Twitter to Nsekhe’s comments, blasting him for the slight against the U.S. military.
On Tuesday, the Rams released a statement, despite Nsekhe’s status as a former player, calling the tweets “reprehensible comments toward our military.”
“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 statement said. “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,” it added.
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