NFL Rookie Jake Fromm Apologizes for “Elite White People” Text

Fromm sent the text in March of 2019 while he was still a Georgia Bulldog

Jake Fromm sent the texts March of 2019 while he was still a Georgia Bulldog
Quarterback Jake Fromm at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. (Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty)
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By Evan Bleier / June 5, 2020 12:45 pm

NFL rookie quarterback Jake Fromm issued an apology after a 2019 text conversation in which he said only “elite white people” should be able to buy guns was leaked onto the internet.

Drafted in the fifth round by the Buffalo Bills out of Georgia, the former Bulldog was talking to a friend about firearms in the leaked conversation.

“But no guns are good. They need to let me get suppressors,” he wrote. “Just make them very expensive so only elite white people can get them haha.”

“I am extremely sorry that I chose to use the words ‘elite white person’ in a text message conversation,” Fromm said in a statement posted to Twitter. “Although I never meant to imply that I am an ‘elite white person,’ as later stated in the conversation, there’s no excuse for that word choice and sentiment. I stand against racism 100%. I promise to commit myself to being part of the solution in this country.”

The Bills also issued a statement saying they were aware of what Fromm had said and that, while they did not condone it, they would continue to work with him both on and off the field.

Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said the rookie QB had made a mistake and that he seemed sincere in his apology. “You move on from it and you grow from it,” Frazier said. “That’s what we’re going to try to do I’m sure as a team. Grow from it. I know Jake wants to grow from it as well.”

Fromm’s apology, which came on the heels of quarterback Drew Brees making one of his own, was not greeted as favorably by his division foe Jamal Adams of the New York Jets.

The Bills are set to host the Jets to open their season on September 13.

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