Everyone in Chicago is excited about their newly signed WR1 Allen Robinson, or at least those who know who he is. The 24 year-old Pro Bowler is coming off an ACL tear but has already shown tons of potential throughout his first four seasons in the league. Very comparable to a young Brandon Marshall, minus the split personality, Robinson has over 200 career receptions along with 22 touchdowns.
As Bears fans flock to follow his Twitter account, Robinson’s nickname has become a topic of conversation and it could likely get much more attention very soon. As the entire nation watched high school students walk out of class yesterday to “protest guns,” Robinson’s twitter handle is @Thee_AR15 … or “The AR-15.”
This is simply a combination of his initials and his number….. but, unless you’ve had your head buried in a bottle of whiskey for the last few months, you’re likely very aware that the AR-15 weapon is one of the most debated topics in the country right now. Primarily related to politics, and the second amendment, there is a raging argument underway to ban the AR-15 from the United States as it’s been used in the last few school shootings.
How the hell can a professional athlete market themselves with a nickname like that?
You really can’t blame Robinson for this, he’s carried that nickname for a while and there was no way to know the weapon reference would take such a wild public turn. However, the nation is currently divided with the “AR-15” as the center of debate in relation to high school kids dying. Not quite something Robinson will want his name to be linked to.
That being said, we’ve come up with a new alternatives for him….
- Trubisky’s Savior
- BMarsh #2
- A Better Alshon Jeffery
Just a few suggestions, I’m sure you can come up with more. In any case, Chicago is one of the most liberal cities in the entire country, whether you agree with it or not, Robinson’s publicist is likely going to tell him to take a long hard look at that nickname and come up with something else. That’s the world we live in today.