While first-round draft pick Josh Allen may have to mend some bridges with his new teammates on the Buffalo Bills, former Bills running back Fred Jackson believes the team will be able to move on from the racially insensitive tweets he posted years ago.
In an interview with TMZ Sports, Jackson said he thinks Bills players will "let the past be the past" and unite around the goal of returning to the NFL playoffs:
Yahoo Sports' Ryan Young (warning: link contains profanity) discovered since-deleted tweets in which Allen used the N-word. In an interview with ESPN's Chris Mortensen on Thursday, Allen acknowledged he sent the tweets while he was in high school.
"If I could go back in time, I would never have done this in a heartbeat," Allen said. "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."
Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman spoke to an African American player who said Allen is "going to be viewed with suspicion by a lot of black players" when he first joins his new team.
Allen might also need to make amends personally with Bills quarterback AJ McCarron after he mentioned McCarron's wife, Katherine Webb, in a pair of seemingly complimentary tweets in 2013:
Making the adjustment to the NFL can be difficult enough for incoming rookies, and Allen made his job even harder with his past social media habits.