Bills Said No One Had Anything Bad to Say About Josh Allen After Racist Tweets

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2018

Wyoming's Josh Allen, left, is presented with his Buffalo Bills jersey by Commissioner Roger Goodell during the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane told reporters the club was not alerted to any red flags regarding quarterback Josh Allen's character before they selected him at No. 7 overall in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night. 

"We can't find one negative thing anybody had to say about [Josh Allen] today," Beane said, according to WKBW's Joe Buscaglia

Beane added that the club was not aware of racially insensitive tweets Allen sent in high school until Thursday morning. 

"We don't condone anything," he said, per WGR 550's Sal Capaccio. "We did our due diligence, spoke to him and his coach again....he's going to come in here and own it and has to earn the trust of the fans or organization."

On Wednesday, Yahoo Sports published old tweets from 2012 and 2013 that showed Allen using the N-word on multiple occasions.

The Wyoming product later apologized during a discussion with ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, saying he was "young and dumb" when the tweets were sent. 

"If I could go back in time, I would never have done this in a heartbeat," Allen later told ESPN's Chris Mortensen. "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."

Head coach Sean McDermott said that while the Bills thought the situation was "very serious," they believed it was not wholly indicative of Allen's character. 

"He's a really good kid," McDermott told NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala. "We did a lot of background on him."

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