Josh Allen responds to offensive tweets before NFL draft: 'I was a kid, I'm not the same person'

On Wednesday, old, offensive tweets surfaced from former Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen as he prepared to be a first-round pick in the NFL draft.

The tweets in focus were published in 2012 and 2013 — at least two years prior to his enrolling at Wyoming — and some of them had racist tones.

Allen spoke publicly about the tweets for the first time on Thursday when he was interviewed on the red carpet ahead of the NFL draft.

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“I was a kid,” Allen said. “I’m not the same person that I was. Obviously we were young and dumb. Me and my friends, that’s what we did. We made mistakes. I own up to it. I’ve learned from it. I’ve learned throughout the way. This is just a reiteration of what I’ve learned through my journey.

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Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Josh Allen is selected as the number seven overall pick to the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 07: Quarterback Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills in action in the first half against the Tennessee Titans at New Era Field on October 7, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 07: Quarterback Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills warms up before playing against the Tennessee Titans at New Era Field on October 7, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30: Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills and Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers meet after the Green Bay Packers beat the Buffalo Bills 22-0 at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30: Kenny Clark #97 of the Green Bay Packers attempts to tackle Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills in the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 09: Jermaine Carter #56 of the Carolina Panthers sacks Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills during the second half at New Era Field on August 9, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. Carolina defeats Buffalo in the preseason game 28-23. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 09: Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills warms up before the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at New Era Field on August 9, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 09: Josh Allen #17 speaks with LeSean McCoy #25 of the Buffalo Bills as they warm up before the game against the Carolina Panthers at New Era Field on August 9, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. Carolina defeats Buffalo in the preseason game 28-23. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 03: Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen looks on during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 3, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 27: Josh Allen #17 of the North team reacts during the Reese's Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 27, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 27: Josh Allen #17 of the North team reacts during the Reese's Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 27, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 02: Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen answers questions from the media during the NFL Scouting Combine on March 2, 2018 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 27: Josh Allen #17 of the North team throws the ball during the first half of the Reese's Senior Bowl against the the South team at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 27, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - DECEMBER 22: Wyoming Cowboys quarterback Josh Allen (17) during Famous Idaho Potato Bowl featuring the Central Michigan Chippewas and Wyoming Cowboys on December 22, 2017 at Albertson Stadium in Boise, ID. (Photo by Steve Conner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
IOWA CITY, IA - SEPTEMBER 02: Wyoming Cowboys' quarterback Josh Allen (17) calls signals during a non-conference college football game between the Wyoming Cowboys and the Iowa Hawkeyes, September 02, 2017, at Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA. Iowa won 24-3. (Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 2: Quarterback Josh Allen #17 of the Wyoming Cowboys warms up before the match-up against the Iowa Hawkeyes, on September 2, 2017 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
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“I love my family. I love my teammates. It’s a very embarrassing moment. But the support I got from my teammates at Wyoming and at my junior college has been outstanding. They know who I am. I know who I am. Obviously, it was not the best situation, but looking forward to the night.”

NFL Network’s Michael Irvin asked Allen, a projected top-10 pick, if he thought the tweets would affect his draft stock.

“I don’t think they will,” Allen said. “I hope they won’t. I think that I’ve spent enough time with the coaches who are picking me. I think that they understand who I am as a person, how I’ve grown the last few years. I hope they can see who I really am.”

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Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; A general view of the front of the stadium before the NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Jaire Alexander of Louisville poses on the red carpet prior to the start of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: USC Quarterback Sam Darnold on the Red Carpet at AT&T Statium prior to the 2018 NFL Draft on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Penn State running back Saquon Barkley on the Red Carpet at AT&T Statium prior to the 2018 NFL Draft on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Derrius Guice of LSU poses on the red carpet prior to the start of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Lamar Jackson of Louisville poses on the red carpet prior to the start of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: A detail of the shoes of Lamar Jackson of Louisville on the red carpet prior to the start of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: UCLA Quarterback Josh Rosen on the Red Carpet at AT&T Statium prior to the 2018 NFL Draft on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Rashaan Evans of Alabama poses on the red carpet prior to the start of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Vita Vea of Washington poses on the red carpet prior to the start of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Tremaine Edmunds of Virginia Tech poses on the red carpet prior to the start of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Denzel Ward of Ohio State poses on the red carpet prior to the start of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Josh Allen of Wyoming poses on the red carpet prior to the start of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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