NFL MVP, Ravens QB Lamar Jackson says ‘Truzz Trump’ tweet wasn’t politically motivated

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson said he first learned that President Donald Trump had tweeted about him when he got a text about it. So he logged onto his social media account to see for himself.

"I saw him making a statement about me being a great pick, my teammate congratulating me and stuff like that," Jackson said on a video conference with reporters Tuesday. "I was just like, 'Appreciate that. Truss.'"

Trump retweeted a video clip of Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander, Jackson's former teammate at Louisville, celebrating the quarterback's selection in the 2018 NFL draft, almost two years earlier. Jackson responded with two words: "Truzz Trump."

It was a seemingly random social media interaction for a Saturday afternoon, especially given the circumstances. Jackson said he has been staying in shape in Florida by, among other things, picking up pilates. Trump has been helping orchestrate the United States' response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in more than 40,000 deaths in the country and prompted widespread shutdowns.

"I wasn't making no political statements or anything like that," Jackson said. "I was just, like I said, just agreeing to what he was saying about me and my teammate. That's all."

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"Truss" and "Big Truss" became popular vocabulary in the Ravens' locker room last year as the team had its most dominant regular season in franchise history. The phrase indicates agreement. 

Jackson added that he wrote "Truzz" instead of "Truss" after someone threatened a lawsuit.

"No one was using it at first, but as soon as I started using 'Truss,' they wanted to make it a big deal," he said. "So that's why I just turned my S's into Z's."

(Jackson applied to trademark "Truzz" in January, according to online records.)

His brief interaction with the president aside, Jackson said he has mostly been keeping to himself. He did work out with free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown before the current social-distancing requirements were implemented and said he would support the Ravens signing Brown, while noting that it is not his decision to make. Jackson also mentioned possibly spending draft night with former Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, who invited the quarterback to attend his party that evening.

As for the future, Jackson said he struggles to imagine what it would be like to play in an empty stadium, which could be a condition for professional sports like the NFL to resume play this year. And he said he's optimistic the season will go on as planned.

"The world needs football," he said. "I think we'll be playing football this year. I'm not going to put (the alternative) in my mind."

Contact Tom Schad at [email protected] or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.

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