Josh Allen: “That is not me; I apologize for what I did”

AP

The Josh Allen image reclamation tour is in full gear, hours before the start of the 2018 NFL Draft.

After tweets from his account when he was in high school emerged late last night, Allen’s trying to convince the teams he’s hoping will draft him that he’s not the same person that sent the messages with racially insensitive language.

“If I could go back in time, I would never have done this in a heartbeat,” Allen told Chris Mortensen of ESPN. “At the time, I obviously didn’t know how harmful it was and now has become.

“I hope you know and others know I’m not the type of 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, because that is not me. I apologize for what I did.”

The tweets, which were posted in 2012 and 2013, have since been deleted. He told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith early this morning that the tweets were references to rap lyrics and television shows.

Allen told Mortensen he thought he had gotten all the offensive messages out of his account a year ago, but he obviously missed a few. He also said some could have been written by friends in high school, as they’d often swipe each other’s phones and send messages. (It’s the high school version of “I was hacked.”)

“It sucks. My family is hurting. We never envisioned a day or night like this,” he said. “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 likely have new teammates in a few hours who will be interested in hearing his explanation. Other quarterbacks have survived similar incidents. Then-Panthers quarterback Kerry Collins was punched by a teammate and distrusted by many others after getting drunk and using a racial epithet. He was eventually released and bounced around the league, but rebounded to take the Giants to the Super Bowl and enjoy a long career in the league.

94 responses to “Josh Allen: “That is not me; I apologize for what I did”

  1. Sadly it was a reflection of his beliefs back then. Now his team mates have to judge whether those opinions are things of the past

  2. I feel bad for the kid. I guarantee that if they did a search on everyone’s past text starting from their HS days, you more than likely can find something that would offend someone. Anything to get more visits and eyes Yahoo? Great job trying to destroy a kids future.

  3. No matter your take on the situation any team willing to take this kid in the top 5 with his skill set now combined with the clown show that will be following him is nuts. This does not bode well for Allen fitting in inside of a locker room.

  4. Great lesson for our teenage kids: Words have consequences, don’t be a dumb-###, don’t be mean to people.
    That said, I think it’s fair to accept his apology at this point and give him a chance. A lot of kids say stupid things that would look terrible under a national spot light as an adult. Good luck kid.

  5. This is such a non story in my view. Whoever released these should be ashamed. But they’re not, because that’s the type of world we live in. Doubt this negatively affects him anyway tonight.

  6. Teenagers say stupid stuff. Worst thing about social media is all this stupid stuff getting out in public. Shame on Allen, but also shame on Twitter. And eventhough Allens tweets were very stupid I can’t help feeling bad for him.

  7. You know the world is so full of double standards these days. People are ready to shoot down a guy who plays sports for some inappropriate words he uttered at a younger age yet we have no problem electing politicians who are as corrupt as can be with pasts that absolutely would not stand up to the same scrutiny as guy who plays sports.

    We also want to hold these sports guys up as leaders and examples our kids should follow but the people who run our lives and make decisions that affect millions and millions of people well we give them a pass. This is just one reason why the world we live in is so stupid.

    As for what he said, reprehensible at any age, in any situation and hide or mislead as much as possible you cannot take those words back you said them.

  8. @TheTruth said, “Sadly it was a reflection of his beliefs back then. Now his team mates have to judge whether those opinions are things of the past.”

    I agree and disagree: everyone now knows what he’s said on social media and will judge him for it, as consequences are very real – a fact of life, not something that can be dodged.

    At the same time not everything we say (especially on social media) is an accurate reflection of our feelings, beliefs and thoughts. For example, I know that when I’m angry I say things I don’t mean – I say those things to BE mean. Those things said probably reflect on my character and lack of self control, yes, but not necessarily on my beliefs per se.

  9. No apology needed in my opinion. Everyone with a brain knows kids do stupid things. But the lefty gotcha PC mob won’t have it any other way unfortuanately. Good luck to him.

  10. meanwhile, the president can tweet similarly ignorant statements to public fanfare…? he was just a kid, people make mistakes but when you’re that age, you have a real chance to learn from it and shape who you grow into. i’m not mad at the guy, move on kid, live your life, and good luck tonight.

    also, LOL @

    SDRF says:
    April 26, 2018 at 3:47 pm
    Probably Josh Rosen on the leak

  11. meanwhile, the president can tweet similarly ignorant statements to public fanfare…? he was just a kid, people make mistakes but when you’re that age, you have a real chance to learn from it and shape who you grow into. i’m not mad at the guy, move on kid, live your life, and good luck tonight.

    also, LOL @

    SDRF says:
    April 26, 2018 at 3:47 pm
    Probably Josh Rosen on the leak

  12. The Analytical Kid says:
    April 26, 2018 at 3:46 pm
    Reverse Cha-Ching!
    ************************************************************************************************

    CHING-CHA!

  13. “He will likely have new teammates in a few hours who will be interested in hearing his explanation.”

    I think he just gave his explanation – but some further private discussion might be good.

    “Other quarterbacks have survived similar incidents. Then-Panthers quarterback Kerry Collins was punched by a teammate and distrusted by many others after getting drunk and using a racial epithet. He was eventually released and bounced around the league, but rebounded to take the Giants to the Super Bowl and enjoy a long career in the league.”

    C’mon now. Kerry Collins was a grown man when that happened. Allen was a 15 year old kid. 15 year old kids can be pretty stupid. I know – I was one – I had one (fortunately he wasn’t as stupid as I was – not even close – but still – teenagers)

    Are you really going to compare teenager Allen’s transgressions to Collins’ grown man idiocy?

  14. I’ve known people who use that word just as part of their common vernacular but only in private company. If it’s just directed towards his friends who won’t care, which probably is the case as a high schooler, then to me it’s not a big deal saying that as a kid. If he did it now when it would directly be visible to offend people is when it would be to me a reflection of his character. This is just the dangers of social media that it can live on forever.

  15. Nobody cared except the MSM. It didn’t and won’t effect anything. I have two teenage boys and say stupid stuff all the time. But I’ve warned them about what they put on social media. Because of stuff like this.

  16. All I have to do to hear the N word is go to my local high school, it’s used very often by every race, color, and creed. It’s only offensive when someone wants it to be.

  17. Everyone needs to drop the “this is not news” BS. He did something stupid in his not so distant youth, it was discovered during the biggest job interview of his life, and he had to address it and apologize for it.

    Plenty of employers check candidates’ social media during the interview process. This isn’t inappropriate digging, it was out there for public consumption. Welcome to the world of high profile jobs.

    I also think this is about other people trying to minimize their past behavior. Just imagine what the reaction would be if it was found out Lamar Jackson kneeled during the national anthem while in high school… Would the same folks be playing that off as a “youthful indiscretion”? I think not.

  18. Let’s face it, grade schoolers are on social media now, every kid at the bus stop is on his phone now… I can only imagine the consequences when they try to get a job… it’s ridiculous now

  19. We need to get away from this “gotcha” type of garbage-journalism.

    He should have NEVER apologized, but said he was just a high school kid that said dumb things that he does not believe now as anyone that knows him knows. Move on.

  20. What next? I hear he also supports America and voted for Donald Trump… falls to the4th round…

  21. Give it up kid, you’ve crossed the line from which there is no return. In that culture there is no option for redemption. You will pay for the sins of people dead for over 400 years.

    What better way to foment racial harmony than by having a code word which allows for total bias and prejudice against one race?

  22. If we all were held accountable for the stupid stuff we said and did in high school….we’d all be embarrassed.
    Give the kid a break. If he continues to show those traits then by all means Pitchfork Nation, have at him. None of us are free from past sins….give him some grace and we’ll move on.

  23. So, I didn’t have twitter in high school… or facebook… or even myspace (just missed social media surge by a year)

    And man, am I glad I didn’t. Even some of the stuff I posted in college makes me cringe (albeit not as cringeworthy as this), and I was at least somewhat mature by that point. As we move further and further into everything internet related following you for the rest of your life, I think we need to take into account the age and maturity level of the person at the time of whatever is in question.

    In high school, I enjoyed any music with a parental advisory sticker on it. I could totally see myself posting lyrics that probably would have been something I didn’t want attached to my name as a grownup, let alone right before a decision that’s going to affect my livelihood!

    That being said, I think this isn’t the giant black eye that it’s being made out to be. Of the tweets I did see, nothing was over the top besides “if it aint white it aint right” which is 100% a line I’ve heard in movies. If this was seconded by some relationship issues in college, then there might be something here. Without more, I’m hoping this doesn’t hurt this kid’s mental makeup, draft stock, or performance in the league. He’s owning this as well as he can be.

  24. “This is such a non story in my view.”

    That’s because you don’t appreciate the hugely negative impact racism has in our society. Like so many knuckle-dragging PFT commenters, you think it’s no big deal and people just need to move on. You’re living in a very privileged world of your own making.

    “Whoever released these should be ashamed.”

    HE released them. He literally published them himself. It’s called Twitter.

    “But they’re not, because that’s the type of world we live in…”

    That’s right. Some of us think the rabid racism in America needs to be exposed so it can be dealt with, not just swept under the rug, as you seek to do.

  25. Just so I’m clear, everyone recognizes that he was 13 & 14 yrs old when he put out these tweets…AND that the tweets were in fact rap lyrics and a quote from Modern Family..but people are still going to bash him? OK.

    What a world.

  26. I’ve looked at the tweets – or at least some of them.

    Context is important. The ones I saw aren’t a kid using the “N” words maliciously – they’re the tweets of a kid trying to be “gangsta” and that’s about it. Haven’t seen them all though – but can speak to what I did see.

    Gee – a 15 year old kid trying to be cool and all hip-hop and stuff. Imagine that.

    If we’re going to crucify him for this, I got news for you – you’re going to need more nails than you can count to cover everyone else.

  27. “Allen told Mortensen he thought he had gotten all the offensive messages out of his account a year ago”
    ———————

    Um, WHAT? There was WORSE crap that he already deleted?!? What was the kid thinking??

  28. If he had a history of theft, or drugs, or sex assault, actual criminal behavior, nobody would care. But he was a teenager who didn’t have the maturity to watch what he said and said (typed) something offensive to a large number of people…OMG!!!! Lifetime Ban!!!

    Maybe when he’s drafter tonight he can make amends by taking the stage, they will play the national anthem and he can kneel during it.

  29. For everyone who implies this reflects his beliefs and personal racism – which is difficult for any rational reading of the tweets to support – remember that he’s quoting mainstream entertainment products in those tweets. Celebrities, pop music, mainstream TV.

    This is what happens when you put garbage like that in. You get garbage out. We want to sell this stuff to the masses, market it as both edgy and acceptable, but we don’t want it to become part of the landscape & vocabulary of youth.

    Sorry, can’t have it both ways. Want to see less of this stuff? Stop putting it into the system in the first place.

  30. if anybody posting on this site is the same person they were at 14 or 15, well, I feel sorry for you

  31. I mean we can all judge him, but if PFT didnt monitor the comments how many of you would have said worse things….as ADULTS?

  32. Somebody is going to get a steal in the late teens and possibly 20s of the first round. Remember when Randy Moss fell to the Vikings because of “character issues”. I think that worked out pretty well

  33. cowboyhater says: “I feel bad for the kid. I guarantee that if they did a search on everyone’s past text starting from their HS days, you more than likely can find something that would offend someone. Anything to get more visits and eyes Yahoo? Great job trying to destroy a kids future.”
    ———————-

    That’s right, blame the messenger. It’s not like Yahoo made up the texts. If Allen did it, then own up to it, apologize and move on.

    Enablers and helicopter parents like you are the problem. Let Allen take responsibility for his actions and learn from own his mistakes. Stop being a mother hen…

  34. Stop making excuses. It’s reprehensible language that I, as a 10 year old, never would have used. Should it drastically tank his draft position? Probably not. But it’s not a small deal and something he’s going to have to answer for for a long time.

  35. Who even goes to the trouble to dig up dirt like that on people? And then to make it public the night before the draft? It seems like the person who did so is probably more lacking in ethics than Josh Allen is.

  36. Yep dumb high school comments & I see nothing in his past to think he is racist. Having lived all over the US & in Fla & Tn you hear this all the time from all races. Even being 67 & never having used the words nor seen a reason to, I have heard relatives use them. I just recently had my son who is in his late 30’s tell me he was proud that I taught him the diffenece when we heard those words that were so ignorant. Having said that I am positve this had to a be lower drafting team trying to get him to fall to them so they didn’t have to trade up ( see Buffalo & Arizona) and that’s sick. Playing with someone’s life and future so you win is wrong.

  37. Seeing how Josh’s reps say they scrubbed his Twitter back in January, it’s pretty low that a team sat on these for months, only to drop the bomb the day before the draft to manipulate his draft stock.

  38. @cheetas
    I’m responding to your comment, because without a doubt this is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. I’ve been on pft a long time, and if I ever made a racist comment, it would have never made it. I’m no knuckle dragging commentator, it’s a football blog and I break other teams balls, and they mine. It’s all in fun, but your comment was so ridiculous. It’s a football blog…. what is this guy, probably unbeknownst to you yesterday your new reason to be angry? This is just an excuse for you to act out

  39. Aristotle noted, “Give me a child until he is 7 and I will show you the man”.

    We are the sum of how we were raised. That can be a hard thing to overcome and it’s often the thing we are most blinded to.

  40. The Sports world has just completely lost itself and what it actually means in the scale of life.

  41. It takes a weasel to spring this the day before the draft. Do you think they really care about
    racial tweets?

  42. Just dumb teenage stuff. We’ve all done stupid things. Probably was put out by a GM so Allen falllllllllls into their laps tonight.

  43. mrphelps01 says:
    April 26, 2018 at 4:35 pm
    Stop making excuses. It’s reprehensible language that I, as a 10 year old, never would have used. Should it drastically tank his draft position? Probably not. But it’s not a small deal and something he’s going to have to answer for for a long time.

    …..Who makes you the judge? Lets examine things you have said in your life

  44. Best response to all this is what Richard Sherman tweeted.
    You won’t find a story about it here because it is not controversial at all, just common sense.

  45. One thing I have always been a bit curious about when it comes to racially insensitive or offensive words.

    Why do all other races have unacceptable words that can be associated with them except for the white race?

  46. I think people need to forgive the reckless tweets of a teenage boy, even if they are offensive.

    We have to be a bit more forgiving generally. People are not perfect.

  47. There once was a time when the maxim “If you don’t want to see it on page a of the New York Times, don’t write it or say it.” would keep people out of the spot where Josh Allen now finds himself to be. This is a major curse of the internet and an endorsement of the fact that one cannot put toothpaste back into the tube. OTOH, we area glad that the enticing, thorny monster symbolized by Facebook et al was not in existence in the ’50s when we might have been tempted.

  48. I actually tend to believe that this crap is just regurgitating music lyrics and pop culture references. A teenager doesnt understand that words can cause problems for who says or repeats them. That said, people learn these lessons the hard way all the time.

    In the end, one never knows another person’s true intention. I mean maybe all these songs about misogyny and shooting n—-as are the issue…maybe this shows what impression it has on 15-17 year olds. Just a thought.

  49. Thank goodness they didn’t have Twitter when I was in my teens. Or my 20s. Or my 30s. Or my 40s. (Sigh… I feel old all of the sudden…)

  50. Sorry but teenager or not the fact that he typed that and cut it loose on social media tells me that he’s ignorant. Seriously though he was a junior in high school, a nationally ranked recruit at that time…

    The substance is one thing, the other thing is that it just shows how much of a moron he is.

    I personally think this kid is Kyle Boller, and Paxton Lynch. Big arm, fat head and just dumb as a rock.

  51. Sure there are going to be social, political, and media related ramifications to the team that drafts BUT ultimately the biggest hit will be the teams astutness when he’s under center.

  52. Oh I’m so glad Stephen a smith chimed in. I’m so eager to hear what he believes.

    I especially like when he talks like he knows football and says things like, “in order for the Seahawks to be Tom Brady, you gotta put a helmet on him!”

    Thank you for that insight, Steven. If they would only listen to your genius it be so much better for them.

  53. Your first day in training camp is going to be like Custer at the Little Big Horn. But one thing that has stuck in my Craw since it was first released was a story of Other teams Black players calling the Eagles Racist because they only had 60% or o Black players when all others had close to 70% Now THAT should have been called Reverse racist!!!
    Count on it, if ANY White player complained about the countries Majority White players sitting at 1/3rd to 2/3rd representation on teams it would be dismissed.
    BUT instead of automatically picking Blacks for Receivers players like Jordy Nelson, and now Adam Thielan, Wes Welker, proved that was wrong!

  54. To those who think he won’t be able to settle into a locker room because he used the code word, ask yourself this,

    don’t you think that aside from Tim Tebow and Kurt Warner types, treyy much everyone in those locker rooms has crossed one line or another on their way. Now some folks want to be able to be the one’s saying which is bad, badder and well, you know. So is using the code word worse that stealing a laptop, beating a woman or being involved in a murder? All of those things have been done by guys who stayed on teams for a while anyway.

    Code words aren’t bad, they are deliberate evil and absolutely the best way to make racial harmony impossible. Are you getting it yet?

  55. That’s not you? Seems like it is, I’ve known my fair share of racist people growing up and a very small percentage of them are able to rehabilitate their views. A lot of you know that though, there are racist comments from a lot of people on this site constantly. Pretty sad to judge someone on what they look like.

  56. We all can have our opinions, he could win over teammates and fans. Come game day he will have to worry about opposing teams DL’s and LB’s utilizing unneeded bulletin board material to utilize it as an incentive to impose their collective personal opinions upon him.

  57. He has nothing to worry about except facing the guys in the locker room. The timing is strange because if you really wanted to hurt him you would have released this at 8pm when the draft starts. This comes out in the middle of the night giving his agent enough time to start the damage control. If he slides, its because teams have other needs and nothing to do with what he said on Twitter.

    As Herm Edwards would say “Think before you press send”

  58. They should make a video of this incident and how it affects Josh Allen’s draft status tonight (if it does) and send it to every high school kid in America. Let them understand that your actions follow you throughout your lifetime. It’s never too early to get a dose of reality, in my opinion.

  59. Q: How many of us have done things as teens and older that we would like to take back, as in never do?

    Give it a rest – He screwed up as a kid, some clown exposed him – probably to make some money – the kid owned it, apologized – apology accepted.

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