CAA goes into high gear to clean up Josh Allen mess

AP

The sudden emergence of high-school tweets from quarterback Josh Allen has plenty of intriguing tentacles regarding how the mess was made and what’s being done to clean it up.

Regardless of whether someone deliberately lit the fuse on the tweets within 24 hours of the draft in order to make Allen fall, the tweets were hiding in plain sight. As explained by Ryan Glasspiegel of TheBigLead.com, the Yahoo Sports writer who brought the tweets to light said that the tweets had not been deleted as of Wednesday night.

This means that, despite the presence or absence of nefarious intent, someone failed to spot and to scrub the offensive messages before the offensive messages hit the fan. Which arguably isn’t a good look for CAA, the mega-agency that represents Allen.

To its credit, CAA instantly mobilized to clean up the mess. Resisting the temptation to let Allen speak publicly about the situation was important, because the risk of an untrained, inexperienced public speaker making things worse likely outweighs the likelihood that things will be better. To tell Allen’s story, CAA apparently hand-picked CAA-client Stephen A. Smith to be the media member who received a late-night phone call from Allen aimed at apologizing for and explaining the tweets.

Smith, who claimed “I don’t have any idea why he picked up the phone and called me at two o’clock in the morning,” passed along the things Allen said in a concise and persuasive way. At one point, Smith said “they” (presumably, Allen’s agents) sent Smith a clip from Modern Family supporting Allen’s view that he wasn’t speaking in his own voice but making a reference to the TV show.

On that same show, Adam Schefter claimed that the tweets had been deleted in January, which suggests that someone from CAA properly had scrubbed Allen’s social-media accounts. Glasspiegel insists, based on his communications with Ryan Young of Yahoo Sports, that this simply isn’t accurate, which suggests that the tweets hadn’t been spotted and killed.

Many valuable lessons can be learned from this situation. But even if the problem should have been detected and neutralized before the tweets hit the fan, it’s clear that CAA has the size and the relationships to clean things up quickly and, by all indications, effectively.

34 responses to “CAA goes into high gear to clean up Josh Allen mess

  1. Digging through 9,000 tweets to try and ruin someone’s draft status means you’re a complete loser in life.

  2. Did I fall asleep for 200 years and wake up in IDIOCRACY? Those tweets are nothing, & to anyone virtue signalling over it, I hate to burst your virtuous bubble, but Allen is not the bad guy here, it’s you for trying to mess with his life over harmless lighthearted tweets that werent at all any indication of his being a “racist”.

  3. Or maybe someone at Twitter undeleted it?

    People should realize when you delete something on the web, the company, twitter/facebook/etc probably still has a backup somewhere.

    If not your ISP might.

    If not them, the CIA/NSA (or both) do. If not them, someone in the 5 eyes might.

    Hard to say overall, but nothing is ever scrubbed from the web. Hell there’s people that go around actively archiving web stuff, even google.

    Anyone ever used google cache to see a taken down page before?

    Someone might have been searching some archive taken from before any potential deletion and found it.

  4. Can someone explain how a rural kid from the middle of nowhere, who likely didn’t have much exposure to blacks of any kind, much less urban blacks, feels comfortable spouting the kind of nonsense he did?
    This isn’t just limited to Josh Allen. Suburban and rural white kids from all over the country want to mimic and copy the way young urban blacks talk and interact among themselves.
    I hope the exposure this guy got from being around black teammates in college has broadened his world view. I mean, it has to.
    There’s no way this guy is going to survive in the NFL if he walks into a locker room thinking “It ain’t right if it ain’t white”

  5. The last person I’d ever want speaking on my behalf is Stephen A. Smith. That guy can barely fumble through ESPN reporting, let alone public speaking over controversy such as this. If I were Josh Allen, I’d fire CAA as my agency for missing this and get someone else to represent me ASAP.

  6. Stephen A. was once a credible journalist when he worked for the Inquirer. His articles were a good read, compelling and thoughtful. Once he became part of Iversons posse, he became what he is today… An ESPN prop.

  7. Possibly, but not sure how they’re going to help in a locker room with a guy that would be expected to lead from day one.

  8. At this point I’m thinking the term “offensive” is even stretching it. It was a teenager quoting TV shows and mainstream pop-culture figures.

    Want to look for offense? Go to the root of why TV shows and pop-culture figures are speaking this way.

  9. A high school junior has no concept of the damage social media can cause. Think back to high school and remember all the stupid things you did and said. It’s scary for most. Allen shouldn’t have tweeted so carelessly, but we have to recognize the indiscretion of youth. Allen’s also apologized. Are we willing to forgive him?

  10. RogerGoodellGropedMe says:
    April 26, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Much ado about nothing.

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    That should be the new motto of America.

  11. While I would never condone the things that Josh Allen wrote, I think it’s really unfair that kids today have to live in a world where every step they take will be dissected and judged by the rest of us. Kids of all generations are/were prone to making bad, short-sighted decisions. It’s part of the learning and growing process. It’s too bad that they don’t have the same chance that many of us did – to grow up in relative anonymity and free to make stupid mistakes that won’t follow them for the rest of their lives.

  12. This is a stupid controversy over what a high draft pick wrote in High School. If any team refuses to draft him over it then they deserve to be in the Snowflake/bubble wrap Hall of Fame!

  13. Rural white kids using idiotic words like this? Uh, its called hip-hop culture and it certainly isnt new. You dont want your kids talking like this (and you shouldnt)? Then dont let them listen to garbage “music”. With that said, LOTS of young white kids unfortunately do talk like this and I blame their parents for not putting their foot down.

  14. Watch the Modern Family clip and understand the line and how it was comedically botched (on purpose) by Phil Dunphy….it’s NOT a racist comment. Sheesh people…get some perspective.

  15. Whoever heard of a word that is allegedly so offensive and wrong that the very people who are the target of the word use excessively amongst themselves and to describe themselves but other kids who listen to their music and try to talk just like they do are to be shamed as pure evil? I mean if the word is so forbidden and terrible, maybe just maybe everyone should stop using it? A novel concept, I know…

  16. mackcarrington says:
    April 26, 2018 at 1:12 pm
    Can someone explain how a rural kid from the middle of nowhere, who likely didn’t have much exposure to blacks of any kind, much less urban blacks, feels comfortable spouting the kind of nonsense he did?

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    Is that a serious question? Television. Movies. Music. The internet. It’s all over the place. And I’m guessing the kid at the time didn’t know or understand that even though black people use the word that starts with “n” and ends with “a,” people of other racial backgrounds can never use that word.

  17. Oh please. People like to make something out of nothing.

    Nothing he did was out of racial hate. He was quoting. I quote things all the time that have racial slurs in them. Doesn’t make him or me a racist. To blame the parents because the kid listened to rap is pretty stupid too.

    If anyone is to be blamed for this non-story, it should be the a**clown that spent hours digging up his tweets and the media for following this preposterous story.

    I seriously doubt this will effect his stock.

  18. Overall this does not warrant hurting Allen because he was 14. No one should be held accountable for stupidity at 14. But this is not “nothing.” If he had tweeted this at 17 yrs old he would be un-draftable. Race relations is a very important issue in the NFL right now and Allen is hoping to come in and– as a Quarterback– lead a franchise in a few years. There is simply no way a man who tweets such things could do so. Now, that said, he was 14. 14. Teams need to talk to him and if he appears to “get it” now, let it go.

  19. pwcis says:
    April 26, 2018 at 2:19 pm
    mackcarrington says:
    April 26, 2018 at 1:12 pm
    Can someone explain how a rural kid from the middle of nowhere, who likely didn’t have much exposure to blacks of any kind, much less urban blacks, feels comfortable spouting the kind of nonsense he did?

    ///

    Is that a serious question? Television. Movies. Music. The internet. It’s all over the place. And I’m guessing the kid at the time didn’t know or understand that even though black people use the word that starts with “n” and ends with “a,” people of other racial backgrounds can never use that word.

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    Yes, I get your point. But this kid grew up in Fresno. There’s no TV, movies, internet or music in Fresno. Everyone knows that!

  20. The only concern here is his draft status. I believe this guy will be a bust. Sure he looks great in shorts and has a rocket arm but he just isn’t accurate. It is for this reason I want a team to pick him in the top 4 because my team picks 5th. If a team like the Browns pick him, that leaves a good player available at #5

  21. You don’t tweet out racist remarks unless you’ve got bigotry inside you. Curious that he’d want to now play in the NFL, a predominant Black league. That first team talk should be interesting

  22. mackcarrington says:April 26, 2018 at 1:12 pm
    Can someone explain how a rural kid from the middle of nowhere, who likely didn’t have much exposure to blacks of any kind, much less urban blacks, feels comfortable spouting the kind of nonsense he did?
    ==================================

    There’s a reason why rural conservatives are generally considered to not be the most “cultured” or tolerant. They usually don’t get to know minorities or people of other religions. By definition, conservatives are fearful of change. They only know what was taught to them by their parents, grandparents, teachers, and especially their pastors.

    Allen is only 40 miles from Fresno, which is not a small town though his high school is and is full of kids of migrant workers.

  23. Much to do about nothing! B*llsh*t! When it’s a white boy the world is against him. When it’s a white boy he was just a stupid high school kid. He sounds like he has racial problems. This might be who he is as a person…

  24. All this over rap lyrics??? Funny. Did they check all of Lamar Jackson’s tweets? of course not

  25. sgrvn329 says:

    April 26, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    Much to do about nothing! B*llsh*t! When it’s a white boy the world is against him. When it’s a white boy he was just a stupid high school kid. He sounds like he has racial problems. This might be who he is as a person…
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    Keep on whining…. and get a job!

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