On Wednesday, old, offensive tweets surfaced from former Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen as he prepared to be a first-round pick in the NFL draft.
The tweets in focus were published in 2012 and 2013 — at least two years prior to his enrolling at Wyoming — and some of them had racist tones.
Allen spoke publicly about the tweets for the first time on Thursday when he was interviewed on the red carpet ahead of the NFL draft.
“I was a kid,” Allen said. “I’m not the same person that I was. Obviously we were young and dumb. Me and my friends, that’s what we did. We made mistakes. I own up to it. I’ve learned from it. I’ve learned throughout the way. This is just a reiteration of what I’ve learned through my journey.
“I love my family. I love my teammates. It’s a very embarrassing moment. But the support I got from my teammates at Wyoming and at my junior college has been outstanding. They know who I am. I know who I am. Obviously, it was not the best situation, but looking forward to the night.”
NFL Network’s Michael Irvin asked Allen, a projected top-10 pick, if he thought the tweets would affect his draft stock.
“I don’t think they will,” Allen said. “I hope they won’t. I think that I’ve spent enough time with the coaches who are picking me. I think that they understand who I am as a person, how I’ve grown the last few years. I hope they can see who I really am.”
Allen went seventh in the draft after the Buffalo Bills traded up with the aim of making him their franchise quarterback.
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