Bills rookie QB Jake Fromm is under fire after a text conversation from 2019 was released on Thursday. In the conversation, Fromm, who was talking to a friend, said the following when talking about guns:
“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 later apologized, and said in a statement that he did not consider himself an “elite white person.”
On Thursday, Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier gave his thoughts on the situation.
“As I mentioned earlier, we’re still getting to know Jake as a teammate, none of us have been in the locker room together but based on what he said to the team today, I know, I really believe our guys will give him the benefit of the doubt,” Frazier said.
“They’re looking forward to communicating with him and encouraging him. And it definitely sounds like he’s learned from this mistake. One of the things we talked about, and I mentioned it earlier, was the fact that love has to overcome hate. It’s easy to just continue down that hate hate hate road, but that’s not where we want to be. If we want to change this, there has to be a reciprocal effort on both sides. And we have enough guys on our team that want to see change for the better. I know those guys are going to give Jake every chance to prove that those words that were echoed, I don’t know how long ago it was, that was a teachable moment for Jake, and that he’s learned from it and he’s drawn from that moment. So I know our players are going to reach out to him, in the next 24 to 48 hours as well.”
What Fromm said was wrong, but it appears he may have been joking. In reality, if everybody’s private text conversations were made public, a lot of people would come under fire.
Therefore, we should give Fromm the benefit of the doubt.