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Last night, top NFL draft prospect Josh Allen joined the long list of young athletes who have seen their old, problematic tweets resurfaced. Yahoo compiled the since-deleted tweets, which were sent between 2012 and 2013, when Allen was still a teenager.

He used the n-word a bunch, in that way that dumb, white teens often use the n-word. “(uhh) stay schemin… Niggas Trying To Get At Me. doe,” he wrote in one tweet. Another read, “Bout to show up these Niggas at pong. Gonna do for @j_prodigy_5 @AFlyer5 and @J_Sal_Forever_5. :)” One tweet didn’t include the n-word, but was still pretty racist: “Why are you so white ? — If it ain’t white, it ain’t right!”

As one does in a situation like this, Allen went about doing some damage control by... calling up Stephen A. Smith. According to the First Take host, Allen called him last night—at 2:00 a.m.!—to explain and apologize for the tweets.


2018 is good, actually.