Tuesday, September 24, 2013
On Rams and former OT Ty Nsekhe
By Nick Wagoner
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- In this morning's version of the Ram-blings, the final story we linked to was about former Rams offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe and some offensive comments he made on Twitter toward the military.
Apparently, some reports referred to Nsekhe as a current member of the team, though he was released in the final round of cuts on Aug. 31. The Rams took the step to release a statement distancing themselves from Nsekhe and his comments as much as possible.
An excerpt from that statement:
"While it is typically not our policy to comment on players who are no longer with our team, in this instance we thought it was important due to the reprehensible comments toward our military. The opinions Nsekhe shared via social media are his own and are completely contradictory to the values of our organization and the priority we place on military and veteran appreciation."
In the exchange, which took place on Twitter, Nsekhe responded to this tweet from a user named Morgan Reed (@_morganism_):
“Hard to believe that a player in a helmet defendin’ a football makes more money than a soldier in a helmet defendin’ his country.”
Mind you, the tweet wasn't even directed at Nsekhe or anyone in particular, it was simply offered without comment. Nsekhe responded with the following:
“It doesn’t take much skill to kill someone."
Of course, Nsekhe has since taken down the tweet and offered his version of an apology, though his two tweets addressing the topic don't offer the words "I'm sorry" anywhere in them. His Twitter bio (@TY_Nsekhe) also still lists him as a member of the team.
It comes as no surprise that the Rams responded so aggressively in making it clear that they no longer have any affiliation with Nsekhe. The Rams have long been big supporters of the armed forces and that has only been taken to new heights under coach Jeff Fisher. Fisher is heavily involved with the Wounded Warriors and has started a yearly tradition of taking his team to Scott Air Force Base for a walk-through with the airmen and airwomen there. That's just the tip of the iceberg in terms of activities the Rams do with the military.
At this point, it was pretty clear the Rams had moved on from Nsekhe -- they're carrying 12 offensive linemen and he's not one of them -- but any chance he had of a return is almost certainly gone in 140 characters now.