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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- A day after former St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe offered some apparent insensitive Twitter comments toward the military, coach Jeff Fisher and the team did all they could to distance themselves from the player.
Asked about Nsekhe's comments in which he said, "It doesn't take much skill to kill someone," Fisher made it clear that Nsekhe is no longer part of the team and offered the opposite of an endorsement of the tweet.
"I guess it's sad that anybody, regardless of profession, that they're in this country, would take a shot at our military," Fisher said. "Without necessarily taking a shot at Ty, Ty's not here and doesn't have a job in the National Football League right now because he's not necessarily a deep thinker, OK? Again, he's not part of our organization.
"The respect we have for our military, as does the National Football League, as well as the country, is so strong. I'm just disappointed that anybody for that matter would take a shot at them like that."
I guess it's sad that anybody, regardless of profession, that they're in this country, would take a shot at our military. Without necessarily taking a shot at Ty, Ty's not here and doesn't have a job in the National Football League right now because he's not necessarily a deep thinker, OK?” -- Rams coach Jeff Fisher, on Ty Nsekhe's anti-military comments
Nsekhe's comments went viral Monday morning when the exchange he had with a Twitter user named Morgan Reed were picked up by the Washington Times. The tweets have since been deleted but the initial tweet said:
"Hard to believe that a player in a helmet defendin' a football makes more money than a soldier in a helmet defendin' his country."
Nsekhe apparently responded without prompting from Reed. Nsekhe offered some form of retraction on the comments in a pair of tweets Monday night but that wasn't enough to satisfy Rams officials.
The team took the unusual step of releasing a statement Tuesday morning after a number of media outlets mistakenly referred to Nsekhe as a current player.
In the statement, the Rams emphasized that Nsekhe is no longer with the team and listed the many ways in which they offer military appreciation each year.
"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 statement read. "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."
Nsekhe appeared in two games with the Rams in 2012 before spending the majority of the season on the practice squad. They waived him in the final round of cuts on Aug. 31.