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Report: NFL teams not inclined to judge Josh Allen based on offensive tweets

Josh Allen has suddenly seen some red flags about his character pop up on the day of the NFL Draft, but it does not sound like that is going to be an issue for the former Wyoming star when things get rolling on Thursday night.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the vulgar tweets Allen sent in high school have mostly been explained to NFL teams as song lyric quotes or jokes among friends. More importantly for Allen, teams don’t seem concerned since he was so young when he wrote them.

The tweets, which contained some racist and inappropriate language, have since been deleted. You can read some of what Allen wrote here.

Allen was somewhere around the age of 17 when the tweets in question were written, so you can understand why NFL teams aren’t that concerned. He did not get into any off-field trouble during college, and there have been no major questions about his character. Some people believe an NFL team may have called attention to the tweets in hopes that Allen would fall to them in the first round, but it seems unlikely that he is going to tumble very far, if at all.

Josh Allen apologizes after offensive tweets from high school surface

Josh Allen Wyoming

Josh Allen will likely be one of the first players selected in Thursday’s NFL Draft, but the team that picks him may have to answer some unexpected questions about the former Wyoming quarterback’s character.

On Wednesday, offensive tweets that Allen sent several years ago began going viral. Some of them included racist and homophobic language. The tweets have since been deleted, but not before they were captured by Ryan Young of Yahoo Sports. Here’s what some of them said:

“@cheriishhh: i dont think you ni—s want a troubled son!”

“@J_Prodigy_5: @Alpha_Patlan (uhh) stay schemin … Ni—s Trying To Get At Me. doe.”

“Why are you so white? — If it ain’t white, it ain’t right!”

“*punches beaniboy f—–t in throat*”

The tweets were written when Allen was in high school and well before he enrolled at Wyoming. He acknowledged them to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith late Wednesday night and said he was “young and dumb” when he sent them. For what it’s worth, one team with a top-five pick in the draft told ESPN’s Adam Schefter they had no knowledge of the tweets and have “never heard anything but positives” about Allen.

Since Allen was so young when the tweets were sent, it seems highly unlikely that they will impact his draft stock. Still, the situation is yet another reminder (we saw something very similar with a Villanova star during the NCAA Tournament) that social media can create issues for athletes. Cleaning up social media accounts should be a priority for athletes looking to turn pro.

Twitter reacts to LeBron James winning Game 5 for Cavs

LeBron James winner

They are going to put what LeBron James did against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday on his all-time highlight reel.

First LeBron blocked a Victor Oladipo shot near the basket to preserve a 95-95 tie with three seconds left in the game. Then he drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Cleveland Cavaliers a 98-95 win and 3-2 lead in their playoff series.

Here are videos of the two plays that won the game for Cleveland:

Here’s a look at the Twitter reaction to the impressive sequence by The King. Odell Beckham sent him quite the tribute.

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Buzz grows around Browns potentially trading No. 4 pick

Hue Jackson

There are plenty of hints that the Cleveland Browns are very seriously considering trading back in the NFL Draft.

After a report earlier Wednesday indicated that there were discussions about trading the No. 4 pick in the draft, ESPN’s Adam Schefter went a step further, reporting that the Browns are actively shopping the selection.

As if that wasn’t enough, coach Hue Jackson dropped more hints that a trade was definitely under consideration.

It’s certainly not a denial. Trading the No. 4 pick would shake up the draft while also allowing Cleveland to nab a quarterback and get more picks to fill needs later on.

Report: Hue Jackson is ‘in the loop’ with Browns’ draft plans

Hue Jackson Browns
Contrary to some reports, Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson is looped into the team’s draft plans this season.

According to NFL.com’s Michael Silver, Jackson was kept out of the loop last year under then-general manager Sashi Brown, but his replacement, John Dorsey, has handled things differently, and Jackson is aware of the team’s draft plans.

It’s quite something that it has to be clarified that the head coach of the team with the first overall pick knows who the team is planning to take the day before the draft, but that’s the Browns for you. An earlier report about Jackson being left in the dark ensured that some clarification was needed, but apparently the Browns are running things a little more smoothly these days.

Matt Harvey refuses to speak with media after first bullpen outing

Matt harvey

Matt Harvey made his first bullpen appearance of the season for the New York Mets on Tuesday night, and we have no way of knowing how the right-hander felt about it.

After he allowed two hits and one earned run in two innings of relief work, Harvey refused to speak with reporters about his new role.

The Mets ended up beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5, so Harvey’s two innings of middle relief played a factor. Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters he felt Harvey threw the ball well and had “crisp” stuff.

Harvey had an ERA of 6.00 over his first four starts of the season, and the Mets decided over the weekend that he is moving to the bullpen. It would not be a surprise if he is angry over the move, but perhaps it will be the spark he needs to get back on track.

Unhappy Hassan Whiteside wants to meet with Heat about his future

Hassan Whiteside

Hassan Whiteside expressed his intentions to talk to the Miami Heat about his future after being eliminated from the playoffs.

The Heat’s season came to an end on Tuesday when they were defeated by the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 5 of their first-round series. Following the game, an unhappy Whiteside said he plans to meet with the team to discuss his future with the organization.

Whiteside played just 10 minutes on Tuesday and averaged just 15 minutes per game for the series. The postseason proved to be a continuation of what was a frustrating season for Whiteside. He also expressed frustration with reduced minutes earlier this year.

If Whiteside’s future lies away from Miami, it will be interesting to see what his market looks like. Whiteside had a down season and is owed $50 million over the next two seasons.

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