By Harvey Hoffman
Internet trolls went into the wayback machine to out Eagles linebacker Nate Gerry.
And Gerry, who is white, immediately apologized on social media for using a variation of the N-word in tweets from 2011 and 2012 when he was a teenager.
“I have been made aware of some offensive social media posts I sent out many years ago,” Gerry wrote.
“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, but more importantly because I understand the damage that my words have caused. That type of language is never acceptable. I am committed to showing through my actions that is not who I am or what I represent. I take full accountability and apologize to the organization, to my teammates, our fans, our community and everyone who I have offended by these incredibly insensitive and harmful posts.”
The Eagles released a statement: “We were very disappointed to learn of Nate Gerry’s insensitive social media posts. 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.”
Gerry, 25, was a teenager in South Dakota when the offensive tweets were posted.
The Eagles drafted him in the fifth round in 2017. He has played 280 of 284 defensive snaps this season.