Josh Allen's tweets 'ignorant behavior,' says Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer Bruce Smith

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Bruce Smith, the Buffalo Bills’ Hall of Fame defensive end, called Josh Allen’s racially insensitive tweets "ignorant behavior." But Smith also said he’s excited the Bills selected Allen, the quarterback from Wyoming, Thursday night with the seventh pick of the NFL draft.

Wyoming QB Josh Allen was selected with the No. 7 overall pick by the Bills.

"If this young man apologized and he is sincere and there has been no evidence of this behavior moving forward, than this man deserves to have a second chance," Smith told USA TODAY Sports during a phone interview. "He needs to be mindful of that in making sure that he treats everyone with respect, and he has to understand that you’re in this game and everyone is treated equally, no matter race, religion or whatever kind of background you have. ...

"Having said that, I’m ready to give this young man a chance."

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On Wednesday, tweets containing racial slurs posted on Allen’s Twitter account when he was in high school were flagged by Yahoo! Sports. Allen apologized in an interview with ESPN on Thursday before the Bills traded up from the 12th pick in a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"I think it has the potential to be an outstanding pick," said Smith, a star on the Bills’ teams that reached the Super Bowl four consecutive times from 1991 to 1994 and lost each game. "Hopefully all will go well and this young man will have this maturation process start to unfold."