ST. LOUIS (KMOX)- An offensive lineman who took part in the St. Louis Rams 2013 training camp, but was released on August 31st, has team officials calling a posting of his on the social media site Twitter, “reprehensible.”
Ty Nsekhe on Monday sent out a tweet that read, “It doesn’t take much skill to kill someone,” after a man tweeted to him, “Hard to believe that a player in a helmet defendin’ a football makes more money than a soldier in a helmet defendin’ his country.”
Late Monday night, Nsekhe (@ty_nsekhe) sent out another message via Twitter, “In no way were my comments meant to demean the members of our US armed forces. I recognize the sacrifices these members make so that all American’s can enjoy the freedoms our soldiers skills have afforded us.”
Nsekhe removed his earlier statement from the social media site.
On Tuesday, the Rams sent out a release in response to the situation:
On Monday, numerous media outlets published reports regarding comments made on Twitter by Ty Nsekhe, a former Rams offensive lineman. Many of these reports mistakenly identified Nsekhe as a current member of the Rams organization. Nsekhe was released by the team on August 31, 2013 and no longer has any affiliation with the St. Louis Rams.
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.
The St. Louis Rams are grateful for the sacrifices our military and their families make in order to defend our freedom and protect our great nation. The Rams have a longstanding commitment to our military and veterans and that commitment has only been strengthened under Head Coach Jeff Fisher, a passionate supporter of the military and everything that they represent. We find it deplorable that anyone would express any feelings other than extreme gratitude for the service that our country’s military provides.
During training camp each of the past two seasons, the Rams have taken the entire team to Scott Air Force Base to practice against airmen and airwomen and personally thank them for their selfless dedication to our country.
During each home game, the Rams partner with the Wounded Warrior Project to honor a Warrior on the field and allow our fans to join us in paying tribute to them by publicly thanking them for their service.
Each season, the Rams host Military Appreciation Day at the Edward Jones Dome. Through an ongoing partnership with the USO and Boeing, local military personnel are given free admission to the Edward Jones Dome and several servicemen and women are recognized throughout the game. This year’s Military Appreciation Day is Sunday, November 3 against the Tennessee Titans.
Additionally, around Veterans Day each year, the team hosts a private practice for active military members and veterans. After practice, the players and coaches meet with them to thank them for their commitment.
Prior to his tenure in St. Louis, Fisher spent his Fourth of July weekend in Iraq where he visited several military bases and personally showed his gratitude for their service. In May 2011, Fisher was part of a team that climbed more than 19,000 feet to reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, to generate awareness for Wounded Warrior Project and the organization’s mission to honor and empower wounded warriors. Fisher also donates a portion of the proceeds raised at his annual Jeff Fisher and Friends Celebrity Softball Game to Wounded Warrior Project.