George Allen apologizes for assuming African-American reporter played sports

By David Edwards
Thursday, April 7, 2011 13:18 EDT
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Former Virginia governor and former senator George Allen (R) is already getting himself into trouble during his attempt to reclaim his Senate seat.

Allen apparently assumed that a tall African-American reporter from NBC 4 played sports.

“For the 2nd time in 5 months, fmr. gov. and sen candidate George Allen asks me,’what position did you play?’ I did not a play a sport,” NBC 4′s Craig Melvin tweeted Tuesday.

Two days later, Allen apologized.

“[S]orry if I offended, ask people a lot if they played sports Grew up in fball family found sports banter good way to connect,” Allen said, according to Melvin.

Allen’s father worked various football teams, including as a coach for the Los Angeles Rams.

The former senator lost re-election in 2006, after referring to an Indian-American as “macaca,” a term often used as a slur by colonialists in central Africa’s Belgian Congo for the native population.

He also came under fire in 2006, Salon reported that Allen’s former college football teammates said that he often used the word “nigger.”

Allen is currently running for Senate against former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine (D).

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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