More N-Word Accusations Against Sen. Allen Surface
Posted on Sep 25, 2006
Three former college football teammates of Sen. George Allen say the Virginia Republican repeatedly used the racial epithet to describe blacks back in the 1970s. And one of those ex-teammates is even putting his name on the record. (Salon ad req’d)
UPDATE: Other accusers come forward
Three former college football teammates of Sen. George Allen say that the Virginia Republican repeatedly used an inflammatory racial epithet and demonstrated racist attitudes toward blacks during the early 1970s.
“Allen said he came to Virginia because he wanted to play football in a place where ‘blacks knew their place,’ ” said Dr. Ken Shelton, a white radiologist in North Carolina who played tight end for the University of Virginia football team when Allen was quarterback. “He used the N-word on a regular basis back then.”
A second white teammate, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he feared retribution from the Allen campaign, separately claimed that Allen used the word “nigger” to describe blacks. “It was so common with George when he was among his white friends. This is the terminology he used,” the teammate said.
A screenshot from the infamous “macaca” video, in which Sen. George Allen used a racial epithet to describe a rival campaign worker of Indian descent. Allen also at one time wore buttons emblazoned with the Confederate flag, and Salon is now reporting that the Virginia senator used the N-word repeatedly while in college.