The beginner apologized in a written statement to his teammates. Allen said he has not spoken in depth with Fromm since the incident, but believes that Fromm has taken the first step towards regaining the confidence of his teammates.
“I texted her saying I love you and I’m here for you if you need something,” said Allen. “He admitted to his mistakes and talked to the team and if anyone had questions about them, they asked him directly. It was a shame that this happened … He was extremely sorry and regretted and super hurt. He didn’t mean to hurt anyone – and I think the guys answered him well.
“It’s still going to be a hill that he continues to climb with the guys in the locker room. ”
Speaking to reporters via Zoom Thursday afternoon, Allen compared Fromm’s experience to his own as a rookie in 2018 – when offensive and racist tweets he sent as a teenager appeared shortly before project.
Allen said his main goal was to prove to his teammates the content of his character, which took time but ultimately materialized.
“Going back to 2018, when I was drafted, my state of mind was to walk into the locker room and show them who I really was as a person,” he said. “I can definitely say that the guys know who I am now. I really think it’s going to take time but at the same time we learn and grow as we get older. We see different things and we meet different people like that to open their eyes and change their minds on different things. ”
Allen made his first public comments on Thursday since the murder of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis, which sparked worldwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism.
The third-year quarterback said he had spent the past two weeks trying to put himself in the shoes of his teammates – especially his black teammates – and said he stood “with the black community” .
“What I have done is have conversations with teammates and try to listen and try to learn,” he said. “I am in a position where I have never been arrested and fearing for my life. I think it’s a horrible thing that a lot of people of color have to go through.
“When they are arrested, they hold their breath, they are anxious, they do not know what is going on and they are very afraid and I do not think it is true. It’s terrible beyond all words. ”
Allen learned not only from the experiences of his teammates, but also from the mistakes of his NFL peers. Saints quarterback Drew Brees has drawn much criticism for his comments on players kneeling to protest the national anthem, saying that he “will never agree with anyone.” does not respect the flag of the United States of America ”.
Brees apologized soon after, and Allen said experience had taught him to “be fully informed on a subject before commenting on it.”
From a football standpoint, Allen said last month’s training with most of the Bills’ offensive skills players will go a long way toward building chemistry with the team’s new receiver, Stefon Diggs, who was traded to Buffalo in March.
Allen and Diggs first met during this Florida training and were in touch during this off-season, even playing several Call of Duty: Warzone games together. Allen said the time he spent together gave him a glimpse of Diggs’ work ethic – and proved that the former Viking was more than some of the negative stories about him had portrayed.
” He was not [at the workout in Florida] for him, he was there to improve the team, “said Allen. I thought it was quite special. You hear all these crazy stories in the media and I think he got a bad rap. ”
Despite not currently residing in Buffalo, Allen has paid close attention to events in the city in the past two weeks, including the video that emerged last week of two Buffalo police officers pushing Martin Gugino, 75. , on the ground and refusing to help him as he lay on the sidewalk.
The department originally released a statement that Gugino was injured when he “tripped and fell”, but the two officers were suspended after the video was posted on social media. Fifty-seven members of the Buffalo Police Emergency Response Team resigned from the unit in support of the two officers.
Allen said the former members were no longer “legitimately” part of the response team – because they don’t deserve to be, not because they are right to support the suspended officers.