A number of offensive tweets from top NFL Draft prospect Josh Allen surfaced overnight. Yahoo was the first to report the story. The tweets in question are from 2010 through 2013 - back when Allen was still in high school. Allen, who starred at Wyoming, is one of the top quarterbacks in this year's daft and many believe he's a candidate to be the No. 1 overall pick by the Cleveland Browns.
Since the story broke, the tweets have been deleted. But Allen has admitted they were his. Allen spoke with ESPN's Stephen A. Smith late Wednesday night, apologizing for them. He called himself "young and dumb" at the time he wrote them.
The former quarterback acknowledged the tweets to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith late Wednesday night and apologized, saying he was young and dumb.
Smith says he'll discuss more about his conversation with Allen on First Take.
The tweets in question are below. Many contain the n-word.
Allen is thought to be in the conversation to be the first quarterback selected on Thursday night. He's in the mix with Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, UCLA's Josh Rosen, USC's Sam Darnold and Penn State's Saquon Barkley. It's unclear how the unearthing of these tweets will affect his draft status.
Allen certainly isn't the first player to have old, insensitive tweets surface at the wrong moment. Earlier this month, Villanova star Donte DiVincenzo, during the game of his life in the national title contest, had the same thing happen to him.
A word to the wise - if you're a top prospect in any major sport, at some point, go back and address what you might have tweeted back when you were "young and dumb." Doing so won't excuse what you've done, but you might be able to avoid what's happening to Allen right now.