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There is a conspiracy theory about release of Josh Allen's deleted tweets

Wyoming QB Josh Allen: possible No. 1 draft pick?

Wyoming junior quarterback Josh Allen discusses his rise to becoming a possible No. 1 draft draft pick and the attention that comes with it in Las Vegas.
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Wyoming junior quarterback Josh Allen discusses his rise to becoming a possible No. 1 draft draft pick and the attention that comes with it in Las Vegas.

Welp. This is not how Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen expected to spend Draft Day.

Allen is likely to be a first-round pick, but he spent Thursday apologizing after tweets he wrote in high school with racially offensive language appeared online Wednesday.

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

Allen is expected to be a top-10 pick, but there is chatter that he could fall to later in the first round because of the deleted tweets. That could benefit a team out of the top 10, and what if that's not a coincidence?

ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted: "A theory two people in the past hour now have floated: another team plotted to have Josh Allen’s racially insensitive tweets put out just before the draft in order to increase the chances he would fall in the draft to that team."

Schefter expounded on that theory while on ESPN's "First Take:"

“The timing is rather strange. Just within the last hour, a couple of people have floated the theory – and I emphasize it’s just a theory – that perhaps another team actually did this to Josh Allen in the hopes that he would fall to them. Because the timing is so odd, that it would happen right before the draft when my understanding was his social media account was gone through back in January and the tweets were removed back then.

"So somebody captured them and saved them and released them now, about 24 hours before he’s drafted. So now teams are faced with a decision about Josh Allen. Again, in talking with two decision-makers this morning, one said that his team was unaware of it. ... Another one said he had been unaware of this.”

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