Josh Allen issued an apology after racist tweets surfaced.
Josh Allen is projected to be one of the top quarterbacks in the 2018 NFL Draft, but old tweets surfaced on the eve of the draft that could impact where Allen is drafted. Yahoo Sports detailed a series of old tweets from Allen dating back to 2012 and 2013 when Allen was in middle and high school. Allen tweeted the n-word multiple times. Here’s Yahoo’s account of the tweets that have now been deleted.
Allen tweeted the “n” word multiple times.
“@cheriishhh: i dont think you niggas want a troubled son!”
— Josh Allen (@JoshAllenQB) June 14, 2012
“@Alpha_Patlan: “@J_Prodigy_5: @Alpha_Patlan (uhh) stay schemin…” Niggas Trying To Get At Me. ” doe
— Josh Allen (@JoshAllenQB) February 12, 2013
“@FelipeeeeMelo_: Bout to show up these Niggas at pong. Gonna do for @j_prodigy_5 @AFlyer5 and @J_Sal_Forever_5.”:)
— Josh Allen (@JoshAllenQB) February 26, 2012
He also responded to a question that looks like was asked of him on AskFM in 2013, saying “If it ain’t white, it ain’t right!”
Allen apologized in an interview with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith calling himself “young and dumb” at the time. Allen also noted some of the tweets were quoting rap lyrics and television shows. ESPN detailed Allen’s rationale for the tweets and reported the tweets were deleted back in January.
Allen told Smith that some of the tweets made reference to rap lyrics and television, including a saying that was part of an episode from the sitcom “Modern Family.”
On ESPN’s First Take on Thursday, NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported that his sources indicated Allen’s Twitter account was vetted in January and that the offensive tweets were removed then.