If there's one thing the left hates it's having fun. Even when it comes to college football.
Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson announced on Sunday he plans to give up his nickname "AR-15."
“After discussions with my family and much thought, I have decided to no longer use the nickname ‘AR-15’ and the current apparel line logo, which features a scope reticle, as part of my branding,” Richardson wrote in a statement on his website.
“While a nickname is only a nickname and ‘AR-15’ was simply a representation of my initials combined with my jersey number, it is important to me that my name and brand are no longer associated with the assault rifle that has been used in mass shootings, which I do not condone in any way or form,” he said.
“My representatives and I are currently working on rebranding, which includes the creation of a new logo and transitioning to simply using ‘AR’ and my name, Anthony Richardson.”
He also issued the statement on Twitter:
— Anthony Richardson † (@GVOaant) July 17, 2022
Sure, Richardson has the freedom to do what he chooses when it comes to the nickname. But he was clearly pushed by the shaming of leftists when it comes to the nickname.
“Not that Anthony Richardson’s nickname had anything to do with any of these shootings, but when millions of college football fans know you simply as ‘AR-15’ then your nickname itself becomes a constant reminder of the bloody carnage,” the Orlando Sentinel’s Mike Bianchi wrote.
“It’s why Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson — who used to be nicknamed ‘AR-15’ — changed his jersey number (from 15 to 12), his Twitter handle and his nickname four years ago. He simply did not want his name associated with school shootings and the raging debate over gun control in this country.”
Of course, Bianchi celebrated when Richardson dropped the nickname.
Major kudos to #Gators QB Anthony Richardson for announcing today he no longer wants to go by the nickname "AR-15" so he can disassociate from the "assault rifle that has been used in mass shootings." Here's the column I wrote on the topic a few days ago: https://t.co/gEv81m43kB https://t.co/lhFIr2DJ5q
— Mike Bianchi (@BianchiWrites) July 17, 2022
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