The Josh Allen picture reclamation tour is in full gear, hours earlier than the beginning of the 2018 NFL Draft.
After tweets from his account when he was in highschool emerged late final evening, Allen’s making an attempt to persuade the groups he’s hoping will draft him that he’s not the identical person who despatched the messages with racially insensitive language.
“If I could go back in time, I would never have done this in a heartbeat,” Allen instructed Chris Mortensen of ESPN. “At the time, I clearly didn’t understand how dangerous it was and now has turn out to be.
“I hope you realize and others know I’m not the kind of particular person I was at 14 and 15 that I tweeted so recklessly. . . . I don’t want that to be the impression of who I am, as a result of that is not me. I apologize for what I did.”
The tweets, which have been posted in 2012 and 2013, have since been deleted. He instructed ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith early this morning that the tweets have been references to rap lyrics and television shows.
Allen instructed Mortensen he thought he had gotten all of the offensive messages out of his account a yr in the past, however he clearly missed a couple of. He additionally stated some might have been written by mates in highschool, as they’d usually swipe one another’s telephones and ship messages. (It’s the highschool model of “I was hacked.”)
“It sucks. My family is hurting. We never envisioned a day or night like this,” he stated. “That’s my plan — to show the type of person I am now. Whatever team picks me, they are going to get that from me. I will set the record straight for any team, any teammate, the media, and I think once they meet me and they’re around me, see how I act and how I think, that it’s not going to be a problem at all.”
He will seemingly have new teammates in a couple of hours who shall be curious about listening to his rationalization. Other quarterbacks have survived comparable incidents. Then-Panthers quarterback Kerry Collins was punched by a teammate and distrusted by many others after getting drunk and utilizing a racial epithet. He was finally launched and bounced across the league, however rebounded to take the Giants to the Super Bowl and revel in a protracted profession within the league.