Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Nathan Gerry has been under scrutiny as of late after his old tweets have resurfaced. The former Super Bowl champion’s tweets — which predates back to 2011 and 2012 — had racial slurs in them which has put him and his team in a peculiar situation.
Gerry, who was 16 and 17 at that time, obviously didn’t know any better and thought that he was just being playful as he was seemingly commenting on video games and tweeting to his buddies. The controversy has put the 25-year old in the spotlight for the wrong reasons and has forced Gerry to come out with a public apology.
“I am incredibly disappointed in myself and downright sick over these actions because I know that they don’t reflect my values as a person,” Gerry wrote in a message posted to Twitter (h/t Bleacher Report). “But more importantly because I understand the damage that my words have caused. That type of language is never acceptable.”
The Eagles also released their own statement Thursday regarding Gerry’s situation.
“We were very disappointed to learn of Nate Gerry’s insensitive social media posts,” the Eagles said, per Chris Franklin of NJ.com. “We do not condone or support that type of behavior in any way and we have discussed this matter with Nate privately. He understands that his actions were offensive and harmful and that the language he used is unacceptable.”
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that the franchise has been under scrutiny for similar controversies. Riley Cooper back in 2013 was caught on camera shouting racial slurs during a concert and more recently, DeSean Jackson posted anti-semitic posts in his social media account.
Philadelphia has yet to come out with any punishment or fine for their linebacker.