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Current Denver Broncos’ General Manager and Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway has recently come under fire on social media following a letter he sent on team stationery urging the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to approve Colorado native Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, reports SportingNews.com.
The Colorado Springs Gazette tweeted a copy of the letter in which Elway state, “”Neil is a big Denver Broncos fan, and I can tell you I’m a big fan of his.”
— Peter Marcus (@MediaMarcus) March 20, 2017
The letter, combined with the use of the teams logo, unleashed a storm of tweets which were full of snark, passive aggression, and disdain for the NFL legend.
Well, I was on the fence, but John Elway endorses him? Surely he's qualified to be on the Supreme Court. https://t.co/DxWtmqckcY
— Ray Curren (@currenrr) March 20, 2017
— AndiLagow (@73GhiaPet) March 21, 2017
— Kawana #NotMyPres (@inch2high) March 20, 2017
— Hank Single (@Hanksingle) March 20, 2017
— Jon Perr (@Perrspectives) March 20, 2017
— Brian Bradley (@BBShoots2) March 20, 2017
— QOTFW (@qotfw100) March 21, 2017
— ryan (@ronEgee) March 20, 2017
There were a few people who came to Elway’s blind side.
— Kirk Spears (@KirkSpears) March 20, 2017
— Jose Pacheco (@ReyGoober2) March 20, 2017
— Marie Peeples (@mpeeples62) March 20, 2017
In his statement, Elway emphasizes that Gorsuch is seen as a Western voice, as it relates to gun rights and public lands issues on a court dominated by Eastern judges and currently split between so-called liberals and conservatives, reports SportingNews.
SportingNews reported that the Bronco’s organization did make an official statement on the matter explaining that Elway’s comments were “independent of the team.”
Not Broncos letterhead. Was written on John's personal letterhead (see left margin) & his endorsement is independent of the Denver Broncos. https://t.co/9DYZS0Aarq
— Patrick Smyth (@psmyth12) March 20, 2017