Josh Allen 'deeply sorry' for old offensive tweets that resurfaced before NFL draft

Wyoming Cowboys quarterback Josh Allen speaks to the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center.

ARLINGTON, Texas – Quarterback prospect Josh Allen said he was “deeply sorry” for racially insensitive tweets that surfaced early Thursday, hours before the start of the NFL draft. 

Allen did not deny sending the tweets, which were reported by Yahoo Sports on Thursday and included racial slurs and other offensive language, when he was in high school.

“That’s not the way I want to be remembered. I’m not going to let this define me,” Allen said in a red carpet interview with ESPN. “Whatever team I go to, I’m going to give them everything, show them the type of character that I am because like I said, my teammates know exactly who I am, they can vouch for me.”

Allen’s handlers whisked him off the red carpet, without stopping for other interviews.

Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl said he was proud of the way Allen handled himself on Thursday in the wake of the headlines, and defended his former star quarterback’s character.

“He has got a long term pattern of accepting diversity and he's really well liked in the locker room and the community. I think it's a little bit of a lesson learned as far as social media” Bohl told USA TODAY Sports and other reporters on the red carpet. “But I think how he handled it was great, and there is no doubt in my mind that he's going to represent an NFL squad and he's going to be a great leader in that locker room.”

Bohl declined to speculate on if he believed the revelations would hurt Allen’s draft status, or if he spoke to any teams to clear up information about Allen on Thursday.

“I'm not in those GM chairs, but I can tell you this, a lot of those guys are my friends and they know I'd be really, really straight forward with them on who he is and what he's about,” Bohl said.

Allen, who was joined on the red carpet by his parents and his agent, told ESPN his understanding was someone had saved the tweets months ago, before they were deleted. Still, he said he understands that they were “not a good look.”

“I went back and searched in key names and nothing really popped up so to my knowledge, some of those tweets were deleted and somebody had those waiting to kind of screenshot and post, but the fact is it happened. They were on my feed. It’s not a good look,” Allen said. “It’s time to turn the page. I’m looking forward. I just want to be used as an example, to the younger kids out there that are five, six years away, wanting to fulfil your dream, it can come back to haunt you. Be careful what you say. I’m deeply sorry and I’m just looking forward to tonight.”

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