Jake Fromm apologizes for ‘only elite white people’ text on affording guns

Ross Houston
June 5, 2020

A day after Bills rookie quarterback Jake Fromm admitted to sending a racist text message past year, his offensive coordinator is giving him a qualified show of support.

After a text message conversation in which he referred to "elite white people" was made public, Jake Fromm issued an apology to his new team and the public Thursday.

Screengrabs of the text message conversation, which appears to have happened in March 2019, surfaced on social media on Thursday, with Fromm acknowledging that the texts were his. Fromm wrote that he stands "against racism 100%", and that he has addressed the issue with his teammates and coaches.

The former Georgia starter posted his apology on his Twitter account, in which he wrote: "I'm truly sorry for my words and actions and humbly ask for forgiveness".

In a conference call with reporters Thursday, Defense Coordinator Leslie Frazier, who is Black, said "Jake was very honest in his apology and I think for our team, we have a strong culture on our team". He asked for an opportunity to address and apologise to his teammates and coaches today in a team meeting, which he did.

Two screen captured photos of text messages sent from Fromm's phone were tweeted shortly after midnight on Thursday morning revealing racially insensitive texts. I promise to commit myself to being a part of he solution in this country. We don't condone what he said. We have a strong leadership group, a strong culture in our room.

The woman who released the text exchange told the Macon Telegraph that she did so because "I'm seeing and feeling the Black Lives Matter movement". Buffalo Bills rookie Jake Fromm recently found this out the hard way. "Those guys are going to be able to sift through what is real and what isn't real". We haven't been around Jake and we haven't had a chance to spend much time around him being in the virtual offseason that we're in.

Fromm was the Georgia Bulldogs' starting quarterback when he sent the messages.

"He knows he has a lot of work to do to earn the trust of his teammates back", Daboll said, via Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. For all of us, we make mistakes.

Though the Bills did not have an immediate need at quarterback, general manager Brandon Beane acknowledged Fromm was too good of a talent to pass up when Buffalo made the 167th pick.

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